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Publisher's Summary

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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  • Gary
  • Calgary, AB, Canada
  • 01-07-13

Original Version Superior

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Contrary to the Hemingway family's feelings, the additional material detracted from the book instead of adding to it. Just my 2 cents.

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  • Sandra
  • Inman, SC, United States
  • 12-19-12

companion book to a Paris Wife

Would you listen to A Moveable Feast again? Why?

I don't read/listen to stories twice

What did you like best about this story?

Hemingway's perspective and his compassion for first wife

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

it was good

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

Early Hemingway

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  • Nancy
  • EAGLE RIVER, AK, United States
  • 12-18-12

Understand Hemingway better as a young man/writer

If you could sum up A Moveable Feast in three words, what would they be?

love friendship author

What was one of the most memorable moments of A Moveable Feast?

Hemingway explains his style of writing,don't tell them everything, draw them into the story.

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

I felt like I was sitting there having a beer as he was talking about his friend Hemingway.

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

How he talked to the people around him, the bartenders were as important as his writing friends

Any additional comments?

you will love it , it is a behind the scenes of Hemingway's writing

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Hard to finish

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

A different narrator. His voice was almost monotone, lacked emotion and took away from my listening enjoyment. Difficult for me to concentrate on the story because of narrator - - I intend to finish it - - someday.

What didn’t you like about John Bedford Lloyd’s performance?

Monotone, non emotional, lacked life excitement - - maybe that was what was how he intended it but I won't listen to him again.

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Hemingway, Paris, the "Lost Generation" . . .

A real pleasure getting into this storied time with all the American artist expatriates on the Left Bank. No one can tell it like Hemingway.

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Great look into a incredible person

What did you love best about A Moveable Feast?

The passion for life that Hemmingway has.

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

I don't think it should be made into a movie.

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  • Elizabeth
  • Rancho Murieta, CA, United States
  • 06-19-12

Great Way to Understand Hemingway

If you could sum up A Moveable Feast in three words, what would they be?

Hemingway 1920's Paris.

What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

Sad

Which scene was your favorite?

Scenes with F. Scott Fitzgerald.

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

When his little son commented on what he had observed while sitting in a Paris cafe watching his father write.

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  • carolyn
  • ogden, UT, United States
  • 05-29-12

A good listen after reading The Paris Wife

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I would recommend this audiobook because the language was so beautiful and it was an excellent description of Hemmingway's thoughts when he was young in Paris.

What did you like best about this story?

How the language flowed

Which scene was your favorite?

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

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Any additional comments?

no

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  • Sharon
  • GLEN ELLEN, CA, United States
  • 05-07-12

Restored Edition was worth the wait

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.

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  • Duncan
  • Toronto, Ontario, Canada
  • 04-16-12

a feast

What did you love best about A Moveable Feast?

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