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A Moveable Feast Hardcover – Deluxe Edition, October 1, 1996
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In Hemingway's Own Hand
| Take a look at two consecutive handwritten manuscript pages from Chapter 2, “Miss Stein Instructs.” |
(Ernest Hemingway Collection, Manuscripts, A Moveable Feast, Item 131, pp. 3-4, at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum, Boston, MA.)
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From Publishers Weekly
This restored version of Hemingway's posthumously published memoir has been revised to reflect the author's original intentions. The result is less a fluid narrative than an academic exercise, with the bulk of the story—Hemingway's travels, escapades, encounters with other writers like F. Scott Fitzgerald—followed by material read by his son and grandson, and some additional sketches and fragments excluded from the final draft. John Bedford Lloyd is faced with the burden of providing a passable version of Hemingway's voice and largely succeeds, but it's much more satisfying to listen to Hemingway's son Patrick, and his grandson Seán, who, in addition to sharing their own reminiscences, offer a hint of what Papa himself might have sounded like. A Scribner hardcover. (July)
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I wrote this review originally for a previous edition no longer offered by Amazon but
it applies just as much to this new (?) edition.
This review is not about the work by Hemingway. This is great book.
The same cannot be said about what I will call the typography. Or rather
the lack of it. The text is essentially a raw scan of a paper edition with
many, much too many, mistyped words and many more false new
paragraphs created, most of them in mid-sentence.
I mean how difficult can it be to search for and destroy any carriage
return not preceded by a full stop.
In short we have here an atrocious text rendering making for a labored reading.
And what happened to the promised illustrations and manuscript pages ?
Please,please, correct this Kindle book and reissue it to all buyers.
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.
Fortunate are we who can compare both works side by side. I am not going to comment on the controversy surrounding this work, since I am so prejudiced a fan of Hemingway that it would need volumes to explain my position. I read the first printing when it first came out as a pre-teen and I read this a a middle aged man and still get thrills turning the pages (Ah the remembrance of the first sight of first love). Of course I would be happy to buy a copy of Hemingway's laundry lists.
When I went looking for A Moveable Feast, I wanted the original 1964 version. I was extremely irritated that it is not available in any form except as a used book. In particular, I wanted it in e-book form. All that was offered was this "restored" version. If the author himself had done the restoring, as Anthony Burgess did with the American version of A Clockwork Orange, that I could understand. But when the restoring is done by someone else, I really have qualms about that.
Hemingway's last wife was probably closer to Hemingway than anyone else at the end of his life. At that point in his life he was suffering from mental illness. So I think she did a fine job with the original version. He may have had some nasty things to say about some people he knew when young. He may have used some strong language than refined people are not used to hearing/reading. But this was Hemingway. By his age in that last year, his conversation was probably peppered with both.
When the publisher and Hemingway's surviving relatives decided to reissue this title but to revise it also, then the publisher and online bookstores have a responsibility to the reading public to make sure the public knows this is a different version than the original. It should have separated reviews from the original. It is, in essence, a different book because it is not word for word the same as the original. The fact that they retained the title of the book given to it by Mary, rather than also renaming the book, makes me feel they are financially riding on her coat tails after she is dead.
Also, I have done some additional research online. The restoring by Hemingway's surviving heirs took place in the mid to late 1990s. So, the dividing line for reviews of the original version versus the restored by son/grandson version should be in the 1990s and not 2009 (although I think the e-book version this review is appearing under was published in 2009).
My research also indicated that Hemingway's second wife married him very rapidly after his divorce from Hadley and also after he had published his first successful novel and was now a financial success. I sincerely doubt she would have married a yet unsuccessful Hemingway. I am old now and sometimes cynical. This part of my research left me with unkind feelings toward the second wife, which I seem to be extending in a biblical fashion also to her descendants, the heirs who modified this book. I don't know why I don't blame Hemingway. It is true we women can be catty about other women, sometimes not justifiably (but sometimes we are dead on right).
Personally, I was really not "ready" to read any Hemingway until I was past the age of 20 (except for The Old Man and The Sea). Even though Hemingway started his career at around the age of 20, he was not your average sheltered middle class American kid of that era (or mine). In fact, except for light fiction, I think all adult books read when one was a teen should be reread again after you are an adult. Don't base your opinion of a writer's work on an adolescent reading.
Original 1 Star review:
Any favorable reviews of this title that are dated before mid 2009 are not referring to this edition but to the prior edition(s) edited and printed from a 1964 manuscript. This is an entirely different edition, not the beautiful 1964 edition but a malice tainted rewrite by his one of his grandchildren. I think it is irresponsible of Amazon to allow the reviews of the 1964 edition to be applied to this edition which has enough changes made to it that it is not the same book. I beg Amazon to correct this mistake.