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A Moveable Feast: The Restored Edition Paperback – July 20, 2010
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"The first thing to say about the 'restored' edition so ably and attractively produced by Patrick and Seán Hemingway is that it does live up to its billing . . . well worth having."--Christopher Hitchens, The Atlantic
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.
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This classic made Paris seem the romantic ideal for starving artists. It is a nostalgic look back at a time gone forever, but is not sentimental. A lovely look at at lovely time in an artist's live.
A Moveable Feast The Restored Edition with a forward by Hemingway's only living son Patrick Hemingway and edited by his grandson Sean Hemingway presents the original A Moveable Feast manuscript exactly as Hemingway intended. A major difference is the exclusion from The Restored Edition of the influence that Hemingway's fourth wife Mary had upon the original publication in 1964.
Of great significance from this reading is Hemingway's agony over his leaving Hadley for Pauline.
" Any blame in that was mine to take and posses and understand. The only one, Hadley, who had no possible blame, ever, came well out of it finally and married a much finer man than I ever was or could hope to be and is happy and deserves it and that was one good and lasting thing that came from that year."
Whether or not you have read the original I commend to you A Moveable Feast The Restored Edition. It it wonderful to be in Paris with Ernest and Hadley, to be young, carefree, tasting the food, wine and life itself.
" Lets walk down the rue d Seine and look in all the galleries and in the windows of the shops. We can stop at a new cafe where we don't know anyone and nobody knows us and have a drink. We can have two drinks. We'll come home and eat here and have a lovely meal and drink and afterwards we'll read and go to bed and make love."
Writing, wonderful writing, every word framing a picture, painting or memory. There is never enough Hemingway. The Restored Edition is worth the time. Do it again, or for the first time!
Hemingway lovingly describes walking through the city, time spent browsing book shops and his sitting at cafes to write. Anyone who has a romantic notion of Paris will enjoy this book, as I did.
Still, it's wonderful to have something new from Hemingway, and what's new here is the chance to see what he in his wisdom (or possibly Mary in her wisdom) left out. And because my daughter was ski-mountaineering in Alaska, I was fascinated by how many times, in how many variations, he returns to the Alberg and rewrites the training experience of that winter with Hadley. It's a rare glimpse into how a writer works, honing his thoughts, rather than just settling for the final version.
My advice would be to get a used copy of the original hardcover to set beside this book in your library. That's what my wife and I have done. (Somebody long ago absconded with our 1970s original.)