A Moveable Feast: The Restored Edition

A Moveable Feast: The Restored Edition

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A Moveable Feast: The Restored Edition by Ernest Hemingway

Ernest Hemingway’s classic memoir of Paris in the 1920s, now available in a restored edition, includes the original manuscript along with insightful recollections and unfinished sketches.

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

Featuring a personal Foreword by Patrick Hemingway, Ernest’s sole surviving son, and an Introduction by grandson of the author, Seán Hemingway, editor of this edition, the book also includes a number of unfinished, never-before-published Paris sketches revealing experiences that Hemingway had with his son, Jack, and his first wife Hadley. Also included are irreverent portraits of literary luminaries, such as F. Scott Fitzgerald and Ford Maddox Ford, and insightful recollections of Hemingway’s own early experiments with his craft.

Widely celebrated and debated by critics and readers everywhere, the restored edition of A Moveable Feast brilliantly evokes the exuberant mood of Paris after World War I and the unbridled creativity and unquenchable enthusiasm that Hemingway himself epitomized.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781439166451
Publisher: Scribner
Publication date: 07/14/2009
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 85,722
File size: 5 MB

About the Author

Ernest Hemingway did more to influence the style of English prose than any other writer of his time. Publication of The Sun Also Rises and A Farewell to Arms immediately established him as one of the greatest literary lights of the 20th century. His classic novella The Old Man and the Sea won the Pulitzer Prize in 1953. Hemingway was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1954. He died in 1961.

Date of Birth:

July 21, 1899

Date of Death:

July 2, 1961

Place of Birth:

Oak Park, Illinois

Place of Death:

Ketchum, Idaho

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A Moveable Feast 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 161 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Whenever friends ask me why, at my age, I still love Hemingway, I smile and think about this book. They say 'Hemingway' and conjure up familiar visions of the older, bloated and blighted boozer bragging about his macho accomplishments in the world of war and sports, while I consider the young Hemingway in Paris. I am thinking of a much younger, intellectually virile man, someone far more alert, aware and alive; Hemingway as a 'moveable feast' strolling deliberately through the streets of a rain-swept Paris on a quiet Monday morning, heading to a café for some café au lait to begin his long day's labor. In this single, slim tome Hemingway beautifully and unforgettably evokes a world of beauty and innocence now so utterly lost and irretrievable both to himself, through his fame, alcohol, and dissipation, but also to us, for Paris as she was in the 1920s was a place made to order for the lyrical descriptive songs he sings about her in this remembrance; endlessly interesting, instantly unforgettable, and also accessible to the original 'starving young artist types' so well depicted here. As anyone visiting Paris today knows, that magical time and place has utterly vanished. Tragically, Paris is just another city these days. Yet this is a book that unforgettably captures the essence of what the word 'romance' means, and does so in the spare and laconic style that Hemingway developed while sitting in the bistros and watching as the world in all its colors and hues flowed by him. The stories he tells are filled with the kinds of people one usually meets only in novels, yet because of who they were and who they later became in the world of arts and letters, it is hard to doubt the veracity or honesty he uses to such advantage here. This is a portrait of an artist in full possession of his creative powers, full of the vinegary spirit and insight that made him a legend in his own time, and consequently ruined him as an artist and as a human being. There are few books I would endorse for everyone as a lifelong friend. This, however, is a book I can recommend for anyone who wants the reading enjoyment and intellectual experience Hemingway offers in such wonderful abundance in these pages. Take my advice, though. Buy it first in paper, read it until it begins to fray and fall apart (and you will), and then go out and buy yourself a new hardcover edition to adorn your shelf, so on that proverbial rainy afternoon when the house is quiet, the kids are gone, and you just want to escape from the ordinary ennui and humdrum of life, pull 'A Moveable Feast' down and hold it close enough to read. A cup of steaming tea by your side, return all by yourself to a marvelous world of blue city skyscapes, freshly washed cobblestone and unforgettable romance; return once more to Paris in the twenties, when life was simple, basic, and good.
viva2 More than 1 year ago
How could I deign to rate a young master in the making? This is an amazingly open and detailed memoir of Ernest Hemingway's life in Paris during the 1920s. You see him grow as a writer, establishing his now famous writing style, in the company of rising writers, artists and other denizens of Paris. Reading this book is something like reading a locked diary; nothing is withheld. It is a window into a period of time in Paris that has its own fame and reputation. He takes you to salons and to slums, from his first wife and son to his second wife, and introduces you along the way, with great frankness, to his friends. The addenda of chapters omitted by editors of the first edition, published posthumously, makes this volume of greater interest. Read and enjoy. This is a keeper.
christian2795 More than 1 year ago
A sumptuous treat- from the aesthetically pleasing presentation to the lovely stories inside. The restored use of the second person reinforces the idea and the lovely feeling of Hemingway personally relating the details of wonderful places and people in Paris to you- which one may feel was the author's original design in writing his memoir. Hemingway's classic depictions of war are thrilling, but I personally feel that he is at his best when he is relating simple, leisurely events, such as going down to the cafe to pound out a story over a cafe creme, and interacting with complex, artistic, honest, occasionally depraved, but always endearing people like Ford Madox Ford, Scott Fitzgerald, the deathly poet Ernest Welsh, Ezra Pound, Gertrude Stein, Joyce, and his first wife Hadley (just to name a few, and there are many more). Here is a portrait of Hemingway in a place and among people that truly made him happy, a portrait that is genuinely and profoundly moving in both its simplicity, its honesty, and its beauty. A great many people have allowed their vision of Hemingway's Paris to be formed by watching Woody Allen's magnificent 'Midnight in Paris', and while it is magnificent, 'A Moveable Feast' conjures up a much more rich and deeply satisfying picture of this charming time and place. Some of the sketches seem somewhat extraneous, but they are a pleasure to read all the same.
Guest More than 1 year ago
How valuable and personal that Hemingway shares this tender, fleeting time of his life. These seemingly metaphoric incidents are every person's youth and innocence. I loved it. I've never been to Paris in a physical sense, but these stories have taken me there in a rich and deep way.
Meg-ABookishAffair More than 1 year ago
Ah early 20th century Paris! Land of cafes and writers. Can you imagine having a drink in a cafe while sitting across the table from Ernest Hemingway or F. Scott Fitzgerald while discussing their latest work? A Movable Feast gives you the chance to do just that. Hemingway takes us to glamorous Paris where the writing elite of the time have all descended to fine tune their craft. This book is so awesome. It's sort of a who's who of the cafe culture of Paris during the 1920s, a time period that I'm absolutely in love with. This is really my first experience with Hemingway and as far as I know, this is one of his only non-fiction books. Even from this book with his friends and familiars as his focus, you can see why he's still so beloved by readers today. Probably my favorite parts of the books were the parts about Hemingway's family and also F. Scott Fitzgerald and his family. This book is rare as it isn't too often that you get to hear first hand information about people that I really admire like this. What I can say is that this book definitely whet my appetite to read more Hemingway.
hypogi More than 1 year ago
If you are a fan of the authors of the expat movement you'll love this memoir. Hemingway exposes literary figures like Stein, and Ford Madox Ford as real people and not as literary icons. All of the style and subtle humor you expect from Hemingway is present also. Overall a wonderful quick read from an American literary icon.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This memoir is enjoyable in very profound ways. Hemingway's youth is one to be admired, despite how we feel about the pain of his later years. One can feel the nostalgia of an older writer looking back on a perfect time in his life, but in typical Hemingway fashion, not 'see' it in the book. Reading it is like eavesdropping on some of the most profound literary icons of the twentieth century, and the Parisian culture they shared. The book is very fine--immediate and impressionable.
Guest More than 1 year ago
i've spent most of my literary life thinking that Hemingway was an awesomely talented masogynist with a penchant for booze. this novel proved to me that there was more to him than his celebrity persona. this is a definite must for anyone who has ever seriously thought of becoming a writer or for anyone who has ever seriously thought of becoming a reader. hemingway writes as much about the craft and nurturing talent as he does about anything else. his observations and recollections of times spent with other well-known 20th century writers is not only entertaining, but engaging. he offers his reader something that feels like very private moments with some of the century's best writers and thinkers, most namely Scott Fitzgerald. most surprising is his tender memories of his ex-wife, hadley, and the lovely times they spent traveling in europe or just plain relaxing by the waters in france. this is a really lovely book and a definite must-read for anyone who loves hemingway, good storytelling, and 20th century american writers.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If I had not just read The Paris Wife, this book would have been difficult to follow. Hemingway spends a lot of time explaining routes he too jot and from different places. (Who really cares?) Also, there is no particular order to this book. Hemingway just jumps from one memory to another.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is classic Hemingway at his best. The prose is crisp and clean without the ponderous multitude of adjectives that make up so much of popular literature now. Once you get into the rhythm of his sentence structure, you can become totally lost in his story. The best way to enjoy his work, I believe, is to read it aloud, whether to yourself or to others. This story took me back to the days of my junior year in Paris. I even got out a street map and searched for all the locations mentioned in the book. A great read for all time.
kwikredr More than 1 year ago
When I bought this book I actually had no idea that it was about Hemingway's life while living in Paris. I am going to Paris next month and this book was suggested to get a bit of history. I will try to visit some of the places like Shakespeare & Co. and Cafe Deux Magots.
my-bn-reviews More than 1 year ago
http://www.nytimes.com/2009/07/20/opinion/20hotchner.html?_r=5&ref=opinion Consider doing some more research on this issue, and decide for yourself.
Guest More than 1 year ago
A Moveable Feast is a short book that glances over Hemingway's years in Paris. I don't know that you could call this much of a memoir, it doesn't go into great detail, and just sort of skims over his years in Paris. It was definitely written by an older Hemingway, one who was full of himself and bitterness. The style of writing seems different. This isn't the Hemingway I know from his short stories. The narration seems almost child-like, and definitely not written as well as his short stories. But don't let me make you think I didn't enjoy this book. Hemingway is still the greatest and A Moveable Feast was a wonderful book to read, if only for his portrait of Scott Fitzgerald. And there is a lot more humor used here than in his short stories. This book didn't break into my list of favorites, but it came close. (As a sidenote, if you enjoyed reading this, or want more like it, pick up Scott Berg's biography of Maxwell Perkins, _Max Perkins: Editor of Genius_, who was Hemingway's and Fitzgerald's editor at Scribner's.)
Guest More than 1 year ago
The prose of this book is undoubtedly the most beautiful I have ever read. You can just about rip any sentence out of this beautiful book and find it to be masterfully created. Why? Because as Hemingway states in the book, 'All you have to do is write one true sentence. Write the truest sentence that you know.' The book itself covers many of the people, places, and events that found themselves in some way involved in Hemingway's life from the early to mid 1920s. A Moveable Feast provides excellent insight into the mind of the century's most influential writer. It's absolutely brilliant.
Anonymous 22 days ago
Nobody's writing like this anymore, what a pity
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A great look at Hemingway's time in Paris. Very entertaining insight to his friendship with Fitzgerald.
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Alster More than 1 year ago
It's easy to see why the additional sketches were not included before. They're not very good. It's also easy to see why they are included now. They're still pretty interesting even if they're not very good. The really interesting part, though, is comparing edited stories with restored versions: what was gained or lost or regained.  Usually both versions are good in different ways and it's hard to say which is better.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great quick read - fun to the end. Full of wonderful references to the great literary people of the times. Reminded me why I loved his books as a teenager. Prompted me to read more about not only Hemingway but the other writers of the time.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I will read this book over and over for the rest of my life.