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A Moveable Feast Audiobook

A Moveable Feast: The Restored Edition

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When Ernest Hemingway died in 1961 he had nearly completed A Moveable Feast, which eventually was published posthumously in 1964 and edited by his widow Mary Hemingway. This new special edition of Hemingway's classic memoir of his early years in Paris in the 1920's presents the original manuscript as the author intended it to be published at the time of his death.

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.

©2009 the Hemingway Copyright Owners; (P)2009 Simon & Schuster, Inc

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    Jeffrey Los Angeles, CA, United States 09-13-13
    Jeffrey Los Angeles, CA, United States 09-13-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Hmm, might try the original published version"
    Where does A Moveable Feast rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Toward the top -- say the top third.


    What other book might you compare A Moveable Feast to and why?

    It reminded me of other books from the times -- Huxley's Brave New World, the Great Gatsby, etc.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When he talks about the scene with F Scott getting himself sick when they about to start an adventure


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    A little too much of a good thing


    Any additional comments?

    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.

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    G Mobile, AL, United States 11-22-11
    G Mobile, AL, United States 11-22-11 Member Since 2011
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    "Interesting Subject"

    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.

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    Bergljot Mosfellsbaer, Iceland 09-25-09
    Bergljot Mosfellsbaer, Iceland 09-25-09 Member Since 2017
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    "Is it really a love 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.

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    W Perry Hall 10-24-15

    "There is scarcely any passion without struggle." Camus, The Myth of Sisyphus and Other Essays

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    "Bloviations, Calibrations"

    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."

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    Pat Ryan Hatboro, Pa 06-24-17
    Pat Ryan Hatboro, Pa 06-24-17 Member Since 2014
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    "Rediscovering Hemingway"
    What made the experience of listening to A Moveable Feast the most enjoyable?

    John Bedford Lloyd's performance matched Hemingway's writing. The insight of the characters that made up that greatest generation of writers America and the world has known.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    It would have to be Hemingway and his various observations of the different writers and people he knew.


    Which character – as performed by John Bedford Lloyd – was your favorite?

    Hemingway. I learned more about the man and in some instances myself. Hemingway was not the man I thought he was - he was much better!


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Near the end of the book when he discusses his marriage and breakup. His description of loving two women and the destruction of his marriage sounded very sad and desperate.


    Any additional comments?

    Having read Hemingway many years ago I put him away. I never read this book so I thought I would give it a listen. I am so glad that I did and I am now listening to For Whom The Bell Tolls. A Moveable Feast has become one of my favorites and I will be listening again.

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    Josh Alford 06-21-17
    Josh Alford 06-21-17
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    "wonderful"

    great narration and great edition of this Hemmingway classic. give it a try and you won't regret it.

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    Andrew 05-09-17
    Andrew 05-09-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Audio Sample Not Main Narrator"

    Not sure why the audio sample is of the forward, the main performer is fine, but different.

    Other than that, great book!

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    Kindle Customer 03-30-17 Member Since 2014

    Resides in Elkton, M.D. (but my heart belongs in Upstate, N.Y.)

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    "A MOVABLE FEAST"
    Where does A Moveable Feast rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    In the middle of all the books.


    What other book might you compare A Moveable Feast to and why?

    We Were So Young Once, but not as good because it was not as in depth as the other, however still a treat after "THE PARIS WIFE!"


    What about John Bedford Lloyd’s performance did you like?

    I know this probably sounds "crazy," but he sounds like I think Hemingway would have sounded. (You know what? I just realized it's because he reminded me of Hemingway in the movie, MIDNIGHT IN PARIS!") 🗼🗼🗼🗼


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    YES, and I did!


    CHECK OUT "THE SUN ALSO RISES!"



    Any additional comments?

    I started out by reading, "A PARIS WIFE," (which I loved.) Then I became interested in what Gertrude Stein referred to as the " LOST GENERATION, " which led me to this book, and of course, the movies, MIDNIGHT IN PARIS @ DELOVELY. (I had already seen them both, but they were
    great and fun to revisit for this, and I just SARA AND GERALD. ( They were the "Power Couple" behind-the-scenes.) Fascinating / but tragic lives.

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    James Nikkel 02-26-16 Member Since 2017
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    "Great story might have perfered the edited version"

    it was great a Triumphant return to Paris for Hemingway, I think the edited version would have been better as the fragments and topic switches at the end make the story less interesting. Kind of makes you wonder who Brut was based.on in the Sun Also Rises.

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    Kevin Austin, TX 08-22-15
    Kevin Austin, TX 08-22-15 Member Since 2015
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    "I Listen again and again"

    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.

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