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A Moveable Feast [Paperback] Unknown Binding – 1996
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A memoir without a beginning, without a mother and without a father. He listens to Gertrude Stein denigrate marriage between a man and a woman; and then denigrate male homosexuals uplifting only lesbians, woman on woman as the real deal in love, respect and kindness. Then one day Hemingway hears Stein whimpering like a beaten puppy, begging her partner in quite the pathetic, victim moment. It's what ends his relationship with Stein.
Zelda tells Scott his member is too small and Hemingway is begged to take a look and tell Scott the truth. Hemingway says Scott's member is fine and off they go to the look at Greek statutes to afford some direct comparisons.
Pauline is described as "relentless" and it's this "relentlessness" that causes him to marry Pauline. But reading the biography on Hadley my take is Hadley's time with Hemingway wasn't to last forever. Women know, folks, they know. Hadley invited Pauline to continue to be with them. Hadley wasn't a weak woman. Hadley and Ernest's romance started with letter writing and her support of Hemingway and after the divorce the letter writing and emotional support of Hemingway resumed. They each gave something to the other and left on good terms. Mutual respect over a lifetime is something to hold onto. And Hemingway did.
It couldn't have lasted and that is telling at the end of "The Sun Also Rises". Alcohol was the true love. Hemingway set it up so Hadley got royalties the rest of her life from "The Sun also Rises".
It was interesting to learn not Scott Fitzgerald or Hemingway or Stein came up with the phrase "the lost generation". It was the garage owner. After every war there is a lost generation. It wasn't a new idea to the garage owner.
My favorite book is "The Old Man and the Sea" and I have affection for Hemingway, the man. His mother dressed him as a girl, dressed him to look like a twin to his sister. The mom was very cold. His father committed suicide. Elements of his life Hemingway couldn't write about.
I have compassion for the man and sorrow that there wasn't an avenue for him to sort out those life beginnings that can haunt one to the end of time.
I recommend the book, the elements in the book that give us something of the man who would take his own life without finishing the book.
Between the Hemingway family members who add and change focus that's OK. Read all of them and with kindness sort out the times, the places and the man who wanted to put pen to paper to say something about life.
First read THE PARIS WIFE
Second read HEMINGWAY'S GIRL
Third read A MOVABLE FEAST
On a side note, I appreciate the additional information and deleted chapters in this restored version. I think it is most important to read a work as the author originally intended (at least as close as we can get in a work published posthumously), but reading the extra material is interesting and does provide additional insight into the author and his life.
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The best part was when Hemingway was with F Scott