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"Hemingway beautifully captures the fragile magic of a special time and place, and he manages to be nostalgic without hitting any false notes of sentimentality." (Amazon.com)
Always moving. Always listening. Always learning. "After all this time?" "Always."
I had writer's block for a couple of months. (Well, to the extent that someone whose only writings are Audible reviews, and those only for fun, is considered a writer . . .). I just couldn't get the words out. There were enthralling listens, engaging characters, and cleverly turned phrases I couldn't share. Contrived plots; stereotyped, one dimensional characters; and irritating productions were temporarily safe. Even the writer who used "sarcastic" instead of "sardonic" didn't prod me into opening up Notes on my iPhone to start a review.
I comforted myself listening to and reading and rereading my 'greats' - Zora Neale Hurston, John Steinbeck, Ray Bradbury, Raymond Chandler, Stephen King, Alice Walker. Any critic who says great writers can't be genre writers and best sellers is a snob.
Finally, I found solace, direction, and a cure in Ernest Hemingway's "A Moveable Feast" (1964, written, 2006 Audible) - not that I have anything else in common with him as a writer, except that I also write in English. Hemingway had writer's block from time to time in during his memorable stay in Paris. His greats were F. Scott Fitzgerald, Gertrude Stein, and so many others - and most fascinating to me, the poet Ezra Pound. When Hemingway was stuck, he took the Metro from Gare de L'Este and visited the great expatriate writers and artists who lived in 1920's Paris, sometimes in great wealth but often in poverty so abject they didn't have the pennies necessary to use the coin operated radiators to heat an apartment.
Hemingway committed suicide in 1961, so "A Moveable Feast" was published posthumously. The stories were collected from journals he wrote in the cafés, nursing one Cafe au Lait for half a day. There were several versions, and this 2006 Audible edition must be based on the 1964 edition released by Mary Welsh Hemingway, his 4th wife. There is 2009 revised and edited version by grandson Seán Hemingway. I wasn't able to get information about what edition was read in this Audible edition, but It is copyrighted 2004 so it must be an iteration of the 1964 version. I would very much like to read/listen to the later version. Seán Hemingway is a historian and writer in his own right, and he must have an interesting edit of his grandfather's life.
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the nostalgic life of a writer and his insightful thoughts during one of the most fertile times in the history of arts. Beautiful piece
I love Chanel, Ernest Hemingway, Scott Fitzgerald, Paris and stories of Paris in the 1920s, fashion stories, mysteries and classics.
Yes, absolutely. I am very interested in Paris in the 1920s and this book does a great job of transporting you to that time. The story is interesting and pleasant, I loved it!
Ernest Hemingway 's friendship with Scott Fitzgerald.
This was the first.
Yes, I wished I had the time to listen to all in just one sitting, but I finished it a few sittings in the course of two days.
The best parts are when Hemingway discusses his education in, and approach to, the craft of writing.
From Wilm., De. Love reading and audiobooks. Other interests include cooking, attending cultural events, my dogs, birding, music and movies.
Not what I was expecting, but still, an incredible story. Hemingway takes the highlights of his time in Europe, particularly France, and reflects on his memoirs. His array of words puts you there, as you can experience the emotion and mood. This is a short read, but worth the time.
Appreciated it bc I am a writer but am not around others who do so, so it is a breath of fresh air for me to hear of their lifestyles and priorities. Sad, too, of course, the challenges some of them faced.
Always depressing, Hemingway paints a sweet but sad picture of Paris during his early life. Rambling and with little point but to make the reader sad, it is enjoyable to hear the stories of daily life for a young writer
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