This new publication also includes a number of unfinished Paris sketches on writing and experiences that Hemingway had with his son, Jack, his wife Hadley, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Ford Maddox Ford and others. A personal foreword by Patrick Hemingway, Ernest's sole surviving son, precedes an introduction by the editor, Sean Hemingway, grandson of the author.
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Having just read The Paris Wife, it was fascinating to hear Hemingway talking about the break-up of his marriage with Hadley and the remorse he felt for the rest of his life.
His trip to Lyons with F. Scott Fitzgerald.
I did not laugh or cry, but I was
John Bedford Lloyd truly becomes Hemingway, and you feel like you're hearing Hemingway tell his own story. I had read the original many years ago, but this is a great improvement. Hemingway's grandsons explain the changes made (re-arranging chapters, additional chapters on Fitzgerald that the original editors thought were too controversial, Hemingway's own thoughts on Hadley (his wife at the time of publication, Mary, had left much of this out), and, at the end, scraps of passages from the book that Hemingway wrote and re-wrote and re-wrote
Anyone who is a fan of Hemmingway and/or of the artists, writers, etc. living in Paris during the 1920's will enjoy listening to this audio. I like the intro by Patrick and Sean Hemmingway, that was a nice touch and I would have wanted more narration from them.
I would not. Hemingway was never a favorite. After "A Moveable Feast," my opinion has not improved. His stories of Paris in the 1920's are quaint and engaging, but humorless and rambling. His variant use of person seems random and, at times, accidental. Unless you are an unreconstructed Hemingway aficionado, look elsewhere.
It was self-centered and pointless.
His performance was flat and lent no energy to the stories.
No. "A Moveable Feast" does not indicate that Hemingway has anything more to say.
I make no claim to literary expertise. This is merely my opinion. I am not unlettered. I have read a good bit of the Western literary canon including Plato, Chaucer, Cervantes, Shakespeare, Dante, Dickens, Hobbes,Tolstoy, Marx, Engels, Ibsen, Freud, Kafka, Goethe, Joyce, Lawrence, Elliot, Fitzgerald, Thomas, Neruda, Dickinson, Sartre, O'Neill, Beckett, and Ionesco. I am not a fan of Gertrude Stein. Perhaps that history will give you a perspective on my bias with respect to this work.
The book was a
Let Hemingways words portray Hemingway
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