A Moveable Feast

By Ernest Hemingway,

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Published posthumously in 1964, A Moveable Feast remains one of Ernest Hemingway's most beloved works. Since Hemingway's personal papers were released in 1979, scholars have examined and debated the changes made to the text before publication. Now this new special restored edition presents the original manuscript as the author prepared…


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Although not inspired by Ernest Hemingway, I have always frequented the same neighborhoods: the Latin Quarter around place Contrescarpe, where EH lived with his first wife, Hadley, on rue Cardinal Lemoine, and on the other side of the Luxembourg Garden along boulevard Montparnasse, where he lived beside a lumber mill just behind the still-wonderful restaurant La Cloiserie des Lilas, situated across from the Port-Royal RER station. Paris in 1920s, when Hemingway lived there, was an exhilarating place inhabited by other influential expats: James Joyce, Pablo Picasso, Gertrude Stein. This memoir, written late in life, recounts the author’s adventures in Kerouac-like…

From Michelle's list on Paris for foodies and historians.

A Moveable Feast is a wonderful book for the way that it goes into such minute detail about living life in Paris France as an expatriate writer and in many ways as a rebel. The drunken nights, what they drank, how many drinks they had, it is all detailed in this book. His memories of this time in his life are vivid, warm, witty, and full of affection for those other writers of note who were also expatriates and authors, escaping prohibition in America for the free-wheeling fun of Paris and booze. The book depicts his early life as a…
Two titles by the same author were in competition for this recommendation—two of what I consider to be among Hemingway’s best books—the memoir, A Moveable Feast and the novel, The Sun Also Rises. It was in my mind a flip of the coin, but I went with the former, partly because the latter, although largely populated by Parisian ex-pats, was set in Pamplona, Spain, while A Moveable Feast focuses specifically on the author’s years in Paris.

Published posthumously in 1964, A Moveable Feast remains one of Hemingway’s most enduring works. Since his personal papers were released in 1979, scholars…

I like being here with you but to be honest I'd rather be living in 1920s Paris, drinking with the Lost Generation. This book is the ultimate tableau vivant of a city, an age, and a gallery of characters. It shows the optimism of city dwellers, the possibilities of living in an urban landscape, and the trials and tribulations of urban, creative life. It is a portrait of a city and all that happens in it.

I was in Paris a week after the 2015 terrorist attacks and I visited the seas of flowers and memorials to mourn and cry.…

Much, though not all, of the book becomes the very feeling Hemingway describes, but the chapter, "Hunger Was Good Discipline," especially takes flight in its evocation of craft and creation, closing with a reference to Hemingway’s greatest short story, “Big Two-Hearted River” (Part I and Part II). It is as if we are reading the actual experience of writing the story…no, not reading, experiencing!

From Carl's list on learning to write.

Because no matter how brave and ambitious and in love with the sky you are, you need a place to land. A home you can carry, that reminds you of who you are and where you belong. A Moveable Feast is that home, for me. I take it wherever I fly. It is about Paris, but not just; about love and life and art and savouring every moment, bite of bread, and a sip of wine, wherever you are.

From Yara's list on to read while taking a flight.

I am not a huge fan of Hemingway, but A Moveable Feast, published posthumously, took my breath away. It’s not the literary name-dropping; it’s the depiction of Paris, between 1921 and 1926, when it was run by artists and vagabonds, not the glitterati. I read this in Paris under duress; I wasn’t even keen on Paris for that matter. This book changed all that the moment I read its opening line: ‘Then there was the bad weather.’

Written in the last years of his life, Hemingway revisits his time in Paris during the 1920s when he was young, poor (most of the time), and struggling to transform himself from journalist to writer. As well as capturing the mood of an era when Paris was arguably the cultural capital of the world, Hemingway reveals numerous snippets about his early development as a writer, culminating in the kind of event which is any writer’s worst nightmare: the story of how his wife put all his original manuscripts and their carbon copies into a suitcase and promptly lost them on…

From Colin's list on France through foreign eyes.

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