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A Moveable Feast Hardcover – Deluxe Edition, October 1, 1996
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PLEASE NOTE: THE EBOOK EDITION DOES NOT CONTAIN PHOTOS INCLUDED IN THE PRINT EDITION.
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.
Hemingway recalled his life in Paris in the twenties, with his first wife, Hadley, and gave a brief description of well-known writers he befriended. You get snippets of information on his literary friends’, such as F. Scott Fitzgerald, Gertrude Stein, Ford Maddox Ford, and others. Drinking appeared as much a past-time as writing to Hemingway and his friends. With his new friend, Librarian, Sylvia Beach, he discovered a treasure trove of books on Mansfield, Turgenev, Dostoyevsky, Chekov, etc.
He and his fellow writers, called the Lost Generation, were either wealthy or like Hemingway poor, starving writers. But most of the writers, artists and entertainers that settled in Paris during the twenties and thirties were poor, and wanted a better life.
The Hemingway’s lived in the Mouffetard area, in the fifth arrondissement of Paris. They existed off of Hemingway’s salary from a Toronto newspaper until he decided to quit and spend his time writing. He rented a room to write his books. For a time, he gambled on horses, but quickly rid himself of this compulsion. At that time, he did express a ‘hunger’ concerning his life, but would not define it. When he stopped gambling, the emptiness returned.
I’m not sure if he used deception when he had begun to deposit his horse race winnings in a separate account from his wife. Again, he did not elaborate on the separate account or if Hadley knew.
Meanwhile, Hadley lived in their sparsely furnished apartment, with little or no heat. But they were young, and Hadley seemed happy, in love, and very accommodating to her husband. They had a son born in Paris, that they nicknamed Bumby, during the 1920s.
A painful time for Hemingway was when Hadley inadvertently lost the only copy to his first novel. In the book, he seemed forgiving and did not dwell on the loss.
He had an affair. And eventually Hemingway and Hadley divorced in 1927. Four months later, Hemingway married Hadley’s ‘girlfriend,’ Pauline Pfeiffer, a wealthy American, and Vogue editor, living in Paris.
Several times in the book, Hemingway blamed himself for the breakup of his marriage to Hadley. He also wrote she eventually married someone a few years later and seemed very happy.
I did not see this book as a masterpiece, tour de force or gem, but a journal of Hemingway’s life abroad. Maybe it’s because I read the restored edition.
As I mentioned, initially, I liked the beginning. But as I plowed my way through the pages of A Moveable Feast, I did not find it delightful.
I forced myself to complete it.
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