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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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.
His writing cuts all the trimmings/fat and leaves them on the flood for the dog to eat.
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
Midnight in Paris
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