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In the preface to A Moveable Feast, Hemingway remarks casually that "if the reader prefers, this book may be regarded as fiction"--and, indeed, fact or fiction, it doesn't matter, for his slim memoir of Paris in the 1920s is as enchanting as anything made up and has become the stuff of legend. Paris in the '20s! Hemingway and his first wife, Hadley, lived happily on $5 a day and still had money for drinks at the Closerie des Lilas, skiing in the Alps, and fishing trips to Spain. On every corner and at every café table, there were the most extraordinary people living wonderful lives and telling fantastic stories. Gertrude Stein invited Hemingway to come every afternoon and sip "fragrant, colorless alcohols" and chat admit her great pictures. He taught Ezra Pound how to box, gossiped with James Joyce, caroused with the fatally insecure Scott Fitzgerald (the acid portraits of him and his wife, Zelda, are notorious). Meanwhile, Hemingway invented a new way of writing based on this simple premise: "All you have to do is write one true sentence. Write the truest sentence you know."
Hemingway beautifully captures the fragile magic of a special time and place, and he manages to be nostalgic without hitting any false notes of sentimentality. "This is how Paris was in the early days when we were very poor and very happy," he concludes. Originally published in 1964, three years after his suicide, A Moveable Feast was the first of his posthumous books and remains the best. --David Laskin
"The first thing to say about the 'restored' edition so ably and attractively produced by Patrick and Sean Hemingway is that it does live up to its billing . . . well worth having."--Christopher Hitchens, "The Atlantic"See all Product Description
Good read and was in good shape when arrived. Arrived quickly too.Published 7 months ago by Jessica
I'm so glad I brought this book because I not only experienced the amazing writing of Ernest Hemingway but also gained insight into his extra/ordinary life in Paris. Read morePublished 18 months ago by cy.
I wanted to read A Moveable Feast as soon as I found out that its subject was similar to The Paris Wife' by Paula McLain, a novel I loved. Read morePublished 20 months ago by bedi
This collection gave me clear I site into many of the charters and events that appear in Hemingway's novels which emerged later in his writing career. Read morePublished 21 months ago by KB
What a great book, really gave the feel of Paris, brought me back to my visit to France with my sister in 2008, memories......Published 22 months ago by linda
A wonderful read and very easy to get caught up in! An older Hemingway looking back on the time when he was "twenty-five and living in Paris", really the period from 1921 to 1926. Read morePublished on May 21 2013 by Daffy Bibliophile