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review 2016-09-01 07:42
Memories of Paris
A Moveable Feast - Ernest Hemingway

I have to admit that I have now discovered one of the major disadvantages of reading something on a smartphone. After finishing Snows of Kilimanjaro and still having three Hemingway pubs to visit, I wanted to read some more Hemingway, and what better book to read while one is in Paris, drinking wine at a Hemingway pub, than A Moveable Feast. Well, the problem is that nobody actually knows that you are reading this particular book. In fact, if you are just staring at your smartphone people either think you are playing Pokemon Go, or checking your Facebook status. However, the problem was that when I wandered into an English language bookshop I discovered that the one Hemingway book that they didn't have was this one. Mind you, I did end up finding one, at Shakespeare and Company of all places (though they make sure that there is always a copy available), and within half an hour of wandering through the streets of Paris somebody saw the book in my hand and said 'A Moveable Feast – Awesome book!”.


Well, as it turns out this particular book is incredibly popular here in Paris, but then again I'm not at all surprised since it is about somebody living in Paris. Mind you, as I was sitting down at a cafe having lunch I noticed that I wasn't the only person who makes a habit of reading a book associated with the city, or country, in which I am visiting. Some guy sat down at a table near me and immediately pulled out a copy of [book:Down and Out in Paris and London], a book that I myself would love to read, however I am unlikely to read it anytime soon as I already have my London book set aside (Mrs Dalloway), though if I manage to get through that one I might grab a copy once I hit London and visit one of the famous bookstores there.


Anyway, what I might do is suggest the best way to read this book. Okay, I know that not everybody is able to go to Paris, but if you do happen to land up here before reading the book visit each of the Hemingway Pubs, sit down and have a drink of wine while reading something of Hemingway (who else would you read while sitting at a cafe that Hemingway drank at), and maybe ask the waiter where Hemingway used to sit (the waiters at Brasserie Lipp and Le Select showed me, while the waiters at La Closerie des Lilas really didn't care that Hemmingway used to drink here and basically told me 'somewhere inside'). Once you have done that, go to Shakespeare and Company, buy a copy of A Moveable Feast (and ask them to stamp it), and then go to Le Jardin du Luxembourg, find a statue that you really like, grab a chair, sit in front of it, and start reading.


The reason I say that is because you have pretty much visited all of the places that Hemingway talks about (though Shakespeare and Company has moved since Hemingway used to visit the place and is just across the river from the Notre Dame), and it creates a much better image of what Hemingway is writing about. Mind you, make sure that you have got a bit of coin on you because those six cafes are not cheap. In fact Le Dome is now an incredibly expensive seafood restaurant and unless you are dressed like you have money (which I never am), then they will treat you like the vagrant that they think you are (by the way a main course will cost you something like fifty eight Euros, and a simple glass of pineapple juice will set you back ten euros, as well as the indignity of being treated like a piece of rubbish by the waiter).


As for Paris, well, it has its moments, and there is certainly an awful lot of things to do here (that doesn't involve sitting at Le Select drinking wine at the bar where Hemingway used to sit, getting drunk, and then stumbling home, where-ever that may be), and even five days simply won't allow you to really experience the true nature of the setting (particularly if that experience involves sitting the the Luxembourg Gardens, in front of a really cool statue, and reading a book for four hours, though don't walk on the grass). Mind you, even sitting in the courtyard of my hotel near Gare St Lazare listing to the trains roaring past has this really romantic feel about it – where else on Earth can the rattle of trains be romantic?.


Mind you, Paris does have it's fair share of dodgy people, but then again it is a major city. For instance a rather amusing thing happened to me as I was dragging my luggage around Gare du Nord. I needed to catch a cab to St Lazare and this guy came up to me to ask me if I wanted a cab. Well, anybody coming up to me offering me a cab is going to set off a lot of alarm bells, but he then tried to convince me that all of the cabs leaving the cab rank only went to the airport, and proceeded to point to a sign that also said taxi (despite the fact that the sign actually said taxi drop off). Mind you, this joker was really persuasive (or should I say pushy – actually I think that is the better word because he didn't persuade me at all), and dragged me down to the car park. Well, not really, because when he went into the rental car area and opened an unmarked door, I proceeded to swear at him in German, and went off and caught a real cab (which, as it turned out, took me to St Lazare).


As for this book, well, the one thing it does is that it shows us that writers don't exist in isolation. It is very easy to think that writers exist in a void of their own, but Hemingway drops so many famous names it is not funny. Here we will encounter Picasso, F. Scott Fitzgerald, and Gertrude Stein among others (or, I can't forget T.S. Elliot, and how he used to work it a bank which mean writing really difficult for him, until he got rave reviews for The Wasteland). Mind you, it isn't a story about how Hemingway sat in cafes in Paris and gets drunk (if you want that you should read A Sun Also Rises but it does give us an insight into his time in Paris, and an experience that he will take with him for the rest of his life.

Source: www.goodreads.com/review/show/1743142703
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review 2016-08-29 00:00
A Moveable Feast: The Restored Edition
A Moveable Feast: The Restored Edition - Sean Hemingway,Patrick Hemingway,Seán Hemingway,Ernest Hemingway Too bad that I didn't finish this in enough time to have it count towards my Literary Birthday book reads for 2016. I should have just DNFed it since it didn't do anything besides bore and annoy me in equal measure.

So this is a memoir by Ernest Hemingway, where he talks about writing and then shit talks everyone else. I think the only people that Hemingway could stand was his wife at the time and his son. And even then I have questions about that since he mentions how their cat used to Bumby (that was what he nicknamed his son I am guessing) sit and they would leave him alone to be cat-watched. I wish I was kidding here.

Hemingway seemed to be jealous and annoyed by all that came near him. He seems to have some weird falling out with Gertrude Stein and I don't know if it's because she was calling someone "pussy" in an affectionate tones, or maybe he disapproved of her being gay. He has some really weird asides about homosexuality in this book and apparently thinks that men were just looking to assault one another so you had to be on your guard against those type of people. I just don't know.

This book had no flow to it at all. It also read very sterile to me except it would come alive when he would be talking about his dislike of women, Zelda Fitzgerald and Stein.

"Under questioning I tried to tell Miss Stein that when you were a boy
and moved in the company of men, you had to be prepared to kill a man, know how to do it and really know that you would do it in order to not be interfered with."

"There is not much future in men being friends with great women although it can be pleasant enough before it gets better or worse, and there is usually even less future with truly ambitious women writers."

Seriously though, most of this book seemed to be about his relationship with F. Scott Fitzgerald. There is jealousy here and there about how well he could write, and it seemed that Hemingway liked to show that Scott (as he called him) could not take his drink and was a bit of a hypochondriac. There is even an embarrassing scene where Scott tells him that his wife Zelda has said that he is not normal (length wise) and Hemingway tells him average is okay and let us go and look at some statues. I actually put the book aside for a second because I was hoping this was just a joke.

The memoir eventually peters out and we are provided early drafts of the beginning, and fragments of stories.
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review 2015-11-23 22:03
A Moveable Feast by Ernest Hemingway
A Moveable Feast - Ernest Hemingway


Read by James Naughton ~4 1/2hours

Description: Published posthumously in 1964, A Moveable Feast remains one of Ernest Hemingway's most enduring works. Since Hemingway's personal papers were released in 1979, scholars have examined the changes made to the text before publication.

Featuring a personal foreword by Patrick Hemingway, Hemingway's sole surviving son, and an introduction by Hemingway's grandson, the book also includes a number of unfinished, never-before-published Paris sketches revealing experiences Hemingway had with his son Jack and his first wife Hadley. Also included are irreverent portraits of literary luminaries, such as F. Scott Fitzgerald and Ford Maddox Ford, and insightful recollections of Hemingway's own early experiments with his craft.

Widely celebrated and debated by critics and readers everywhere, the restored edition of A Moveable Feast brilliantly evokes the exuberant mood of Paris after World War I and the unbridled creativity and unquenchable enthusiasm that Hemingway himself epitomized.

From left to right: Ford Madox Ford, publisher of the Transatlantic Review, James Joyce, Ezra Pound, and John Quinn, the New York lawyer.

Hillaire Belloc

Aleister Crowley

Stein, Hemmingway, Fitzgerald

Jules Pascin

Wyndham Lewis

Evan Shipman

Ernest Hemingway's ode to Paris sells out
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url 2015-11-21 20:13
Fuck Off Daesh, The World Has Hemingway
A Moveable Feast - Ernest Hemingway

Going to look for this book at the library. Never read Hemingway before.

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review 2014-09-21 19:05
A Moveable Feast
A Moveable Feast: The Restored Edition - Ernest Hemingway,Seán Hemingway,Patrick Hemingway
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