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A Moveable Feast: The Restored Edition Paperback – July 20, 2010
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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 admid 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 --This text refers to the Library Binding edition.
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)
Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved. --This text refers to the Library Binding edition.
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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.
Read Feb. 22, 2014
The reason for one star is that the Kindle edition, for which I paid $2.99, is filled with weird spelling errors. Numbers appear in the middle of names. Many of the phrases in French are misspelled. It looks very much like the text was scanned using character recognition, run through a spell check program, then published without being proofread.
This is a common problem with many self-published books today, of course, but for this to appear in a known work is unconscionable. Please edit this and send me an updated copy!
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.
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