A Moveable Feast

A Moveable Feast

Book - 1996
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Begun in the autumn of 1957 and published posthumously in 1964, Ernest Hemingway's A Moveable Feast captures what it meant to be young and poor and writing in Paris during the 1920s.

"You belong to me and all Paris belongs to me and I belong to this notebook and this pencil."

A correspondent for the Toronto Star, Hemingway arrived in Paris in 1921, three years after the trauma of the Great War and at the beginning of the transformation of Europe's cultural landscape: Braque and Picasso were experimenting with cubist forms; James Joyce, long living in self-imposed exile from his native Dublin, had just completed Ulysses; Gertude Stein held court at 27 rue de Fleurus, and deemed young Ernest a member of rue génération perdue; and T. S. Eliot was a bank clerk in London. It was during these years that the as-of-yet unpublished young writer gathered the material for his first novel, The Sun Also Rises, and the subsequent masterpieces that followed.

Among these small, reflective sketches are unforgettable encounters with the members of Hemingway's slightly rag-tag circle of artists and writers, some also fated to achieve fame and glory, others to fall into obscurity. Here, too, is an evocation of the Paris that Hemingway knew as a young man -- a map drawn in his distinct prose of the streets and cafés and bookshops that comprised the city in which he, as a young writer, sometimes struggling against the cold and hunger of near poverty, honed the skills of his craft.

A Moveable Feast is at once an elegy to the remarkable group of expatriates that gathered in Paris during the twenties and a testament to the risks and rewards of the writerly life.
Publisher: New York : Scribner Classics, 1996.
Edition: 1st Scribner Classics ed.
ISBN: 9780684833637
Characteristics: 207 p. : ill., 9 p. of plates ; 22 cm.


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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.

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.

ser_library Oct 16, 2011

a wonderful complement to the movie "Midnight in Paris"

the picture of how Hem wrote is enlightening

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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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Reader1015 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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