A Moveable Feast

Hemingway, Ernest

Book - 1992
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
A Moveable Feast
Published posthumously in 1964, A Moveable Feast is Ernest Hemingway's memoir of Paris in the 1920s. It is filled with 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.

Publisher: New York : Scribner, c1992, 2003
Edition: 1st Scribner trade pbk. ed
ISBN: 068482499X
Branch Call Number: 818 H48m 2003
Characteristics: 211 p., [8] p. plates :,ill., ports. ;,22 cm


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This is the memoir of 1920s Paris and the American expats who came to be known as the Lost Generation. I have mixed feelings about Hemingway, but I put them aside for the beautiful prose and memories this book conjures.

What price originality?

Love him or hate him, Hemingway has written a beautiful, evocative memoir of Paris in the 20s.

I was already in love with Paris and the 1920s, but this is book that truly defined it for me.

Published posthumously in 1964, A Moveable Feast is Ernest Hemingway's memoir of Paris in the 1920s.

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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 09, 2014
  • mmorales1022 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

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.

Jul 07, 2013
  • nannyanne rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

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
  • sharon711 rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

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.

Nov 23, 2011

Hem sharing the anecdote about Fitzgerald's private parts is just so over the top competitive, pathetic,infantile. The Great Gatsy is better than anything he ever wrote so I guess he had to get even. Tavernier-Courbin's book is a good antidote. She doesn't pull any punches.

Oct 16, 2011
  • ser_library rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

a wonderful complement to the movie "Midnight in Paris"

the picture of how Hem wrote is enlightening

Jul 22, 2011

You can get some further details under the "Review" tab. This version includes a bunch of sections that Hemingway decided to leave out of the original book as well as a number of alternative versions of sections that were included. Interesting in an academic way, but I didn't find it added to my appreciation of the book.

While many people find this book to be largely gossip (and a lot of nasty gossip) about people who have been dead for a long time, it was a personal touchstone for me as a teenager, and I still love it (in either version).

Mar 21, 2011
  • AJ_in_CoMo rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Enjoyed this book and the first-person accounts regarding other famous people of the time, such as Ezra Pound, F. Scott Fitzgerald and Gertrude Stein. Favorite quote: "He liked the works of his friends, which is beautiful as loyalty but can be disastrous as judgment."


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Jul 21, 2014
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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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Jul 07, 2013
  • nannyanne rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

"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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