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Publisher's Summary

Published posthumously in 1964, A Moveable Feast remains one of Ernest Hemingway's most beloved works. It is his classic memoir of Paris in the 1920s, filled with irreverent portraits of other expatriate luminaries such as F. Scott Fitzgerald and Gertrude Stein; tender memories of his first wife, Hadley; and insightful recollections of his own early experiments with his craft. It is a literary feast, brilliantly evoking the exuberant mood of Paris after World War I and the youthful spirit, unbridled creativity, and unquenchable enthusiasm that Hemingway himself epitomized.
©1964 Ernest Hemingway Ltd. Copyright renewed ©1992 John H. Hemingway, Patrick Hemingway, and Gregory Hemingway. All rights reserved.; (P)2006 Simon & Schuster Inc. All rights reserved.

Critic Reviews

"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)

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Interesting but not amazing

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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  • Dana
  • Springdale, AR, United States
  • 08-13-16

This is supposed to be great?

I only listened to the whole thing because I love history, art and literature and the first person account of Hemingway in the middle of it all was interesting. And he made some beautiful phrases here and there but overall I don't know what the fuss is all about.

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ERNEST HEMINGWAY

“A Moveable Feast” is a remembrance of things past by Ernest Hemingway. It reveals an author who achieves greatness, wealth, and fame in the early twentieth century. “A Moveable Feast” is a reminiscence of Hemingway’s youth when first love blooms and life is a feast. Hemingway recalls when he felt immortal. He lives life with abandon. He lives poor while struggling as a writer in the Paris of the 1920s. In his early twenties, with a beautiful wife and young son, Hemingway is a newspaper and short story writer struggling to become a novelist.

Remembering the past, Hemingway sees his future through the eyes of artists like Picasso and Miró and literary modernists like Gertrude Stein, Ezra Pound, James Joyce, and F. Scott Fitzgerald. He relishes the art of Picasso and learns from Stein and Pound about the qualities of fine art and literature. He is acquainted with James Joyce, T. S. Eliot, and F. Scott Fitzgerald.

Hemingway’s poignant reminder of the mistake he makes in changing wives when his fame begins to grow seems slightly off-center. Hemingway seems to feel Hadley Richardson, his first wife, is the great love of his life because she shares his struggle to become a great writer. This is where one wonders what a re-write might have clarified. Remembrance of things past are never as good, or as bad as they seem.

Hemingway admirers will never know if “A Moveable Feast” would have been rewritten. On July 2, 1961, Hemingway retrieves his favorite double-barreled shot-gun, points it at his head, and pastes the room with blood and brain. As Bette Davis said, “Old age aint’t no place for sisies!”

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  • E.
  • 08-01-16

Hemingway's rambling stream of consciousness

Would you try another book from Ernest Hemingway and/or James Naughton?

I've read other more entertaining books by Hemingway.

What do you think your next listen will be?

Something that has a story to tell. "Paris" was impossibly boring.

What about James Naughton’s performance did you like?

He did a heck of a good job trying to make something out of nothing

What else would you have wanted to know about Ernest Hemingway’s life?

I learned all I wanted to learn from this self absorbed soliloquy.

Any additional comments?

I wish I had liked it.

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Paris Never Leaves You

This is the story of Hemingway's time in Paris as a young man and of the various relationships he held with those who wandered into his life during those halcyon days. James Naughton does an absolutely splendid job with one of Hemingway's most personal novel. Highly recommended.

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I lived in Paris for 4 years, and would sit at Hemmingway's table in Harry's Bar. I thought the story would be a good listen, it wasn't. I couldn't tell if it was the narration or the story that bored me.

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Loved this book.

How had I not read it before? A true glimpse into the life and struggles of expatriots in Paris during the artistic early 20s.

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Behind the scenes

I really enjoyed listening to these Hemingway essays. They made me feel like I was a part of his time in Paris., and gave insight into his writing process. The stories about other writers of his time were enlightening and helped transport me to 1920's and 30's Paris.
Highly recommend for any Hemingway fan.

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Excellent Reading

James Naughton has the perfect voice and tone to capture Hemmingway. Had not read this book in a while so was nice rediscovering it through this recording .

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  • kirsten
  • SAN FRANCISCO, CA, United States
  • 07-04-12

A Great Pre-Paris Vacation Listen

Would you listen to A Moveable Feast again? Why?

I just got back from Paris and this book was part of my pre-vacation immersion. James Naughton sounds like like I would expect Hemingway would sound and his delivery was great. Overall, the story is not super captivating, but it paints a vivid picture of a time in the author's life in Paris, which was exactly what I was looking for.

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