Toward the top -- say the top third.
It reminded me of other books from the times -- Huxley's Brave New World, the Great Gatsby, etc.
When he talks about the scene with F Scott getting himself sick when they about to start an adventure
A little too much of a good thing
If I had to do it over again I would try reading the original published version. the "extras" in this version felt tacked on and made the narrative seem disjointed.
I am a lifelong lover of books. I got my degree in English & worked in the publishing business for many years. Now I work with wildlife.
I am a big Hemingway fan, but interestingly I had never read A MOVEABLE FEAST. I'm not sure why, but it was poorly reviewed when it came out and I was a busy young wife and mother putting my husband through law school and didn't get to read much at the time. Earlier this year I read THE PARIS WIFE, which I thoroughly enjoyed, and decided it was time to read A MOVEABLE FEAST. I was delighted to see that there is now a restored edition available, and was especially pleased to listen to what both Hemingway's son and grandson had to say. I believe this edition, which was restored to their best belief, to the way Hemingway had wanted it, makes a lot of sense. It is easy to understand why Mary Hemingway, Hemingway's wife at the time of his death, would be sensitive to material about Hadley, Hemingway's first, and many, including him, would say his best marriage. She edited those passages out in the original edition. The passages about Fitzgerald were especially interesting. I also loved hearing about how Ernest and Hadley lived in Paris - their apartment, their friends, the French lifestyle, etc.
The narration was excellent. Sounded just as I would imagine Hemingway would sound.
I was truly amazed at "The Paris WIfe". For me "A Moveable Feast" added background and another view of the story of the people involved. The performance was excellent and in the end it was a favorite Hemmingway story.
To begin with I found this book of limited interest, all these French names of streets and coffee houses sounded a bit pretentious and I didnt care much about Hemmingways tales of Gertrude Stein, Ezra Pound or James Joyce although I admit the stories of Scott Fitzgerald were amusing. However, after a while I started to sense an undercurrent running right through the book. And this was the love between Hemmingway and his first wife Hadley. They were indestructible, I think he says several times. And because they are so obviously content and happy a sense of foreboding creeps in (after all you know he married four times). And when the disaster strikes in one of final chapters (and this should have been the final chapter) it is heart-rending. It made me wonder if the remorse he felt didnt last all his life and not just until Hadley got married again. This background story made this book a great book after all.
Starting 2/14 (for love of family and time-benefit of readers), I'll limit reviews to 100 words or less with exceptions for the exceptional
Published posthumously in 1964 (3 years after Papa died), this somewhat scattered memoir covers his years as a young writer living in Paris. You may already know the title comes from a passage in the book, "If you are lucky enough to have lived in Paris as a young man, then wherever you go for the rest of your life, it stays with you, for Paris is a moveable feast."
For most of the memoir, Hemingway was married to his 1st wife, Hadley, containing the poignant description that, “When I saw my wife again standing by the tracks as the train came in by the piled logs at the station, I wished I had died before I had ever loved anyone but her." Of course, this was just prior to his leaving her for his next wife.
A MOVEABLE FEAST contains some wonderful tips for writers starting out and is a fascinating look at those heady days in Paris, with significant (sometimes overly nasty) parts covering, respectively, a friendly Ezra Pound, John Dos Passos, a charismatic James Joyce, Gertrude Stein (whom Hemingway described as resembling a "Roman soldier"), Ford Madox Ford (who seemed to have been awfully foul-smelling) and F. Scott Fitzgerald (whose wife Zelda apparently made him remarkably self-conscious about the caliber of his reproductive equipment).
As Christopher Hitchens so aptly explained the continued fascination with this memoir, it's "an ur-text of the American enthrallment with Paris," "a skeleton key to the American literary fascination with Paris...." And it serves the nostalgia of Hemingway "at the end of his distraught days, as he saw again the 'City of Light' with his remaining life still ahead of him rather than so far behind."
This is one of my absolute favorite audio books. I've listened to it several times and will keep doing so. This book can transport me back to the past like only "The Sun Also Rises" can.
I have listened to almost all of the Audio book by and about Hemingway. He is like an old Friend now. This was the third time for Movable Feast. I have not listened to the earlier version. Each time I listen I learn something. It has many lessons for a writer. It has lessons for a code to live life by. I have listened to Fitzgerald and the book "Call me Zelda." But in the end I think Ernie had them both pegged. The comparison to Scott and the marred Butterfly wings is such fine writing. Only thing that equals this is the stream of consciousness paragraph in Islands in the Stream where Hem describes the Gulf Stream. Movable feast was my first Hemingway book maybe 5 or 6 years ago. I have since purchased all of his books that Audible has available. They are all great. I am convinced, if you have talent and you listen. Hem will make you a better writer. He is the teacher you always wanted. Buy the kindle version too so you can see and hear the words.
I have always been a fan of Hemingway but this by far surpassed my high expectations. I've cried only twice while listening to audible book, this was one of them. I'm very picky about narrators in general and especially when they are reading Hemingway but the narration could not have been better.
Enjoy reading and now listening to all types of books
Love the book -classic but should be on the re-read list
All the interesting people Hemingway met and who impacted not only his live but others in this day and age.
Absolutely, great to listen to in the car to and from work.