A Moveable Feast

A Moveable Feast

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A Hemingway memoir recounting stories of himself, his wife, and his literary friends during their early years in Paris.
Publisher: New York : Scribner Classics, 1996.
Edition: 1st Scribner Classics ed.
ISBN: 9780684833637
Branch Call Number: BIO HEMMINGW E. Hemingwa
Characteristics: 207 p. :,ill. ;,23 cm.


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JCLMattC Sep 23, 2020

Ah, Paris in the 20s. Who better to take us on a tour of the bustling literary movement than Ernest Hemingway himself.

Hemingway's memoirs of being a poor writer abroad in the 1920s will make you fall in love with writing and Paris and giving up everything to achieve your dreams. This is one I love to read anytime it's raining and I want to picture myself sipping espresso in a small Parisian cafe.

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JCLMattC Apr 18, 2018

Ernest Hemingway's memoir of writing his way through the cafes and bars of 20s Paris. A unique, American voice in the making.

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LPL_SarahM Jul 26, 2020

The Paris setting; The window into some of America's most beloved authors' lives at a time when they were the most prolific; The shocking amount of wine being drunk; The... house cat as a babysitter? It was a wonderful read. One I'm sure I'll pick up again here and there when I need to feel closer to Paris and to struggling writers everywhere.

ArapahoeKati Jan 11, 2019

After a decade of this sitting on my shelf, I finally read it (and listened to the audiobook because I wanted to hear some French). I enjoyed about half of the stories, especially the stories about F. Scott Fitzgerald, plus the lovely stories about his first wife, Hadley.

Nov 29, 2017

i'm heartbroken every time i read of hadley losing all those stories, at the railway station. what was her unconscious resentment? was alice b. toklas a hypnotist? if so, how did she get her claws into hadley? was ernie so unwise as to allow her access to his wife, and young mother? maybe we will never know, for sure. think of the loss to literature.

Nov 14, 2017

The rewarding aspect was reading about the creative personalities, even though Hemingway’s intention was to show most of them in the worst possible light. His portrayal of Fitzgerald as a basket case is cruelly funny. There is unintentional humor in his self portrait as heroic, impoverished artist—the stuff about going hungry is pure fiction. This wouldn’t have enhanced his literary reputation, but is a pretty interesting record of the times.

Jul 29, 2016

A delicious book! If you have been to Paris you will yearn to return. If you haven't been, you will be booking a trip.

Nov 25, 2015

a self absorbed young man always ready to talk about "friends". still the setting of paris after wwI was fascinating as were some of the less personal stories about the other inhabitants of the literary world in paris

Aug 27, 2014

This is an informative reading, and it comes best after reading "A Paris Wife" - so happy it just happened I've read that one first.

Jul 07, 2013

Read this book after The Paris Wife, more out of an interest in Hadley, Hemmingway's wife, than the author himself. I don't appreciate Hemmingway's fiction and short stories, but found this to be an interesting account of his time as a young writer, husband, and father in Paris.

May 04, 2013

Hemmingway came across as a naive man to me, focused mainly on himself. Some of the descriptions of Paris are evocative. But I found "A Paris Wife", in Hatley's voice, to be much more interesting.

mmorales1022 Aug 26, 2012

I read this book after i read The Paris Wife. Both books are accounts for The Hemingway's years in Paris. I really enjoyed The Paris Wife which then encouraged me to read The Moveable Feast to compare and contrast.
Love the first-person accounts.

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Dec 30, 2018

“We ate well and cheaply and drank well and cheaply and slept well and warm together and loved each other.”

Dec 30, 2018

“Do not worry. You have always written before and you will write now. All you have to do is write one sentence. Write the truest sentence you know.”

Jul 07, 2013

"There is never any ending to Paris and the memory of each person who has lived in it differs from that of any other. We always returned to it no matter who we were or how it was changed or with what difficulties, or ease, it could be reached. Paris was always worth it and you received return for whatever you brought to it. But this is how Paris was in the early days when we were very poor and very happy."


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Mar 12, 2012

Not one of Hemingway's best works but the stories dovetail nicely with The Paris Wife. The Paris Wife is a lovely book about Hemingway's tumultuous relationship with his first wife Hadley. These stories re-iterate and expand the details and Ernest's thoughts during that time of his life.


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