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4.03 of 5 stars 4.03  ·  rating details  ·  69,400 ratings  ·  4,828 reviews
Begun in the autumn of 1957 and published posthumously in 1964, Ernest Hemingway's A Moveable Feast captures what it meant to be young and poor and writing in Paris during the 1920s. A correspondent for the Toronto Star, Hemingway arrived in Paris in 1921, three years after the trauma of the Great War and at the beginning of the transformation of Europe's cultural landscap ...more
Paperback, 211 pages
Published May 29th 1996 by Simon & Schuster (first published 1960)
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Jeffrey Keeten
”If you are lucky enough to have lived in Paris as a young man, then wherever you go for the rest of your life, it stays with you, for Paris is a moveable feast.” Ernest Hemingway

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The Lost Generation: Hemingway and the circle of ex-pat friends he later immortalised in The Sun Also Rises. More friends, including Harold Loeb, the model for Robert Cohn in The Sun Also Rises, on the left, Hemingway in the centre and Hadley on the right.

I hadn’t planned to read this book until I read this great artic
Though often containing gorgeous prose, Hemingway’s A Moveable Feast has a clear agenda. The book treats Hemingway’s life in Paris from 1921 to 1926. Although the book clearly is autobiographical, in the Preface, Hemingway, after explaining that several items were left out of his memoir, then suggests, rather coyly, that “If the reader prefers, this book may be regarded as fiction” and adds, “But there is always the chance that such a book of fiction may throw some light on what has been written ...more
If you haven't been to Paris, you just won't get A Moveable Feast...
If you aren't already a fan of Hemingway, don't bother reading A Moveable Feast

Look, I'm struggling to get a start on this review and those were the first two statements that popped into my head. I don't know if they are true. I don't know if they are fair. What I do know is this work - fiction, memoir, sketches, a polished diary - whichever of these it may be - wouldn't exist without Paris. Obviously, right? No, that's not wh
Whenever a friend/Roman/lover/countryman/debtor/student/
jackass bar brawler tells me that Hemingway lost it after THE SUN ALSO RISES or (being generous) A FAREWELL TO ARMS, I say: read this book. There are moments of vile approbation. It saddens me infinitely to hear EH bang on Gertrude and Scott, and some of the dialogue is transparently punchdrunk. But when I want to read a book by someone who lost his shit and knew he lost it spectularly, this be the one. There are few passages more self-recr
Reading A Moveable Feast was a strange combination of pure pleasure and pure torture for me. On one hand, what could be better than reading a pseudo-memoir written by the unabashedly self-absorbed, and yet enduringly charming, Hemingway--all white wine, manliness, and burgeoning craft, with an excess of anecdotes and remembrances (often unflattering and unfair, god bless him) of his eccentric and luminous contemporaries? Not much. Especially with such memories: of Gertrude "Aldous Huxley writes ...more
Diane Librarian
To paraphrase ol' Hem, "This is a fine and true book. It is honest and good, and the stories are important and just."

Hem, as I shall forever call him now, wrote this memoir just a few years before he died in 1961. It's about Hem and his first wife, Hadley, when they were young and poor in Paris in the '20s, and Hem would borrow books from the famous Shakespeare & Co. bookstore, and he would go to cafes to write.

While there are stories about other writers in Paris at the time -- such as F. S
I decided to bail after his visit to the indoor bicycle races, like dance marathons one of those frantic displays of recreational endurance so popular in the 1920s. A quick comparing look at Joseph Roth’s account of a night at Berlin’s tracked bicycle races, in What I Saw, convinced me that I was wasting my time with Hemingway. There are better books. Hemingway’s style will always strike me as more or less mannered and ridiculous, but what I read of A Moveable Feast was especially bad—solemn, po ...more
Jun 17, 2015 Carmen rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone
Recommended to Carmen by: Library
But Paris was a very old city and we were young and nothing was simple there, not even poverty, nor sudden money, nor the moonlight, nor right and wrong nor the breathing of someone who lay beside you in the moonlight.

Well, this book was amazing. I was rather trepidatious, but it turned out to be excellent.

People who interfered with your life always did it for your own good and I figured it out finally that what they wanted was for you to conform completely and never differ from some accepted su
A Moveable Feast is a beautiful book. Gorgeous. The prose is Hemingway-crisp, concise and evocative, but even with the Ezra Pound love fest midway through the book (fascinatingly against the grain in an America predisposed to loathe the poet for his ties to Nazism), A Moveable Feast isn’t A Moveable Feast until Scott Fitzgerald and Zelda appear on the scene.

Fans of Fitzgerald’s probably cringe at Papa’s descriptions of the Scott’s sad debasement. Zelda is a mad bitch; Scott is a drunken man-chi
Read immediately after The Paris Wife, this is like a book end on the 1920s in Paris, a photo of a writer's life in writing, as a husband and father, as a member of the ex-patriot community in Europe. There are glimpses of his writing process, his friendships (or maybe more properly relationships) with other writers, artists and luminaries large and small, his apparent love for his son and wife.

All is masked as fiction but reads as real life. There are quotes upon quotes to mention.

"I thought o
James Spina
Oct 10, 2008 James Spina rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Ernie's great and not-so-great grandchildren
I'm heading for Paris on a work related trip in a few weeks so I thought I'd get in the mood by dipping into papa. BIG MISTAKE. I guess you had to be there. This is nothing but a bunch of mundane moments strung together by some boring name dropping and squalid hygiene habits.
I've never really been a fan of anything other than Ernie's shorter stories and now I remember why. He didn't write briefly for effect. He did it because he didn't really know enough words. It always sounds like he's peeking

In this slim volume, originally edited by Hemingway's fourth wife and widow Mary Hemingway and published after his death, Hemingway relates stories from his years in Paris in the 1920s, when he was married to his first wife, Hadley. The narrative features Hemingway's friends and acquaintances, including F Scott Fitzgerald, Gertrude Stein, Sylvia Beach, Ezra Pound and Ford Madox Ford. The details of this time in Paris include the names and locations of bars, cafés and hotels, as well as details o
Chiara Pagliochini

“Ma Parigi era una città molto vecchia e noi eravamo giovani e lì non c’era niente di facile, neanche la miseria, né i soldi improvvisi, né il chiaro di luna, né la ragione e il torto né il respiro di qualcuno sdraiato al tuo fianco al chiaro di luna.”

Sono sempre stata una persona di facili innamoramenti e di odi inspiegabili, repentini, istintivi. Ma giacché sono anche molto lunatica o debole di carattere o democratica, è facile che i miei odi si trasformino altrettanto inspiegabilmente e repen
This memoir (Hemingway coyly says in the preface that the reader may consider it fiction), with its idyllic tone, surely romanticizes Hemingway's life in France with his first wife and their child. It includes rather unflattering portraits of Stein, Madox Ford and the Fitzgeralds, while certainly leaving out things that would've made Hemingway himself look bad. But, perhaps, it is as he says here of his fiction writing: what is omitted is what strengthens the story.

I enjoyed the style, the stor
If you are debating if you should read this book or not there are things you should know:

-Read the restored edition of A Moveable Feast: The Restored Edition. Chapters were rearranged in the original version. The restored edition will give you a better feel for what Hemingway intended. The book was published posthumously. It is his last writing before his suicide in 1961. This edition has a great introduction by the author's grandson. You should read it first.

-Don't read this book until you are
Cheryl Kennedy
Remember where and when you were most satisfied intellectually and physically, stimulated to just the right measure, and your talents seemed limitless? In Hemingway's case, all this and more came to fruition in Paris in the 1920s.

Supported by friends like Sylvia Beach of Shakespeare and Company lending library and book store, mentors like James Joyce, F. Scott Fitzgerald and Gertrude Stein, Hemingway's youth, talent, and curiosity peaked in the City of Light. Sparsely written with the maturity o
Dec 03, 2013 Cait rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommended to Cait by: Nicole
It's official. I'm a gossip whore. Try as I might to deny it, I love hearing the dirt on other people. It should come as no surprise then that my favorite sections of this books were about Hemingway's relationships with Gertrude Stein and (especially) F. Scott Fitzgerald. Holy crap, who knew Hemingway was a gossip whore too? The man can really dish it out. I'm embarrassingly unfamiliar with the Stein christened "Lost Generation" though, so I don't know whether to take what he says with a grain o ...more
I'm not going to lie - I think I first heard about this book in like 1999 after seeing City of Angels. I read it at the time at the campus library and thought it was fine, but then pretty much put it out of my mind. I've read a few other books by Hemingway since and I have to say that I am not that impressed. Believe it or not, I actually enjoyed that one book about the fish that everyone hates the most. But other than that, his writing doesn't work for me, nor do the topics about which he liked ...more
To say that Hemingway writes clear, declarative sentences would be far too simplistic and inaccurate. I actually find his sentences twisty and harder to read oftentimes than more flowery and "correct" prose written in a more classical parallel fashion. I do miss the breather commas, for instance, in places where the conjunctions separate what are actually different clauses, which sometimes causes me to have to read the sentences twice. Honestly, I've never been a great fan of the way Hemingway w ...more
Diane D.
I am not finished yet, but I love this book. I am googling many names as I read this (Ezra Pound, Ford Madox Ford, Ernest Walsh, Gertrude Stein). Honestly, I never would have picked this up if I hadn't read The Paris Wife, and I think this book is a wonderful companion to it. I also like the order in which I read them: The Paris Wife first and this one second.

This book is a memoir, with the vignettes written by Hemingway himself. Here is a favorite part I just read (Bumby is his and Hadley's ch
David Lentz
During the early days of Hemingway's career Paris was was the most prolific writer's colony on the planet. The cost of living was cheap, the wine and food were good, and Paris attracted the talents of James Joyce, Ezra Pound, F. Scott Fitzgerald and Ford Maddox Ford among others. Paris was truly a moveable feast in his day and, although Hemingway was poor at age 25, he was devoted to a career in which his primary objective was to capture a true sentence and then to follow it with another. This s ...more
Franco  Santos
Buen libro. Es interesante conocer a los autores, a la persona detrás de tantas grandes historias. Qué piensan, qué sienten y cuáles son sus problemas y preocupaciones.

Cuando las lluvias frías persistían y mataban la primavera, era como si una persona joven muriera sin razón.

En muchas partes se me hizo demasiado pesado y no le encontraba sentido a contar determinados detalles, pero dentro de todo fue una lectura entretenida. Lo mejor, sin dudas, fue cuando aparece Scott Fitzgerald.

Si tienes la
Marco Tamborrino
«Ecco cosa siete. Ecco che cosa siete, voialtri» disse la signorina Stein. «Tutti voi giovani che avete fatto la guerra. Siete una generazione perduta.»

Io e il signor Ernest Hemingway, chiamato da tutti - amici e non - soltanto col nomignolo di Hem, ci siamo seduti ai Lilas per berci un po' di whiskey in santa pace mentre parlavamo dei rispettivi romanzi. Hem mi ha detto che scrivo da cani, che mi metto a parlare di cose che non c'entrano un cazzo e che i personaggi non potranno mai pensare. Io
I started this book calling him Ernest Hemingway. Midway, my friends pointed out that I was referring to him as Hem. By the end, I knew never to refer to him as Ernest. More please...more nonfiction/memoir from Hem, if only it existed (some say there's more that was never published??...)

This book was an intimate portrait of Hemingway. I was never a big fan of his fiction: though his simple, deliberate, sentence structuring still leave me in awe, I've never really been a fan of the flow of his st
A Moveable Feast is a set of sketches Hemingway wrote about his days in Paris, when he was getting his start as a writer. Some of the more interesting pieces cover his friendships with Gertrude Stein, F. Maddox Ford, Evan Shipman, F. Scott Fitzgerald and Ezra Pound. He also portrays his life with his first wife Hadley in a somewhat rose-tinted fashion, making them both seem a bit too flawless compared with their older, more weathered ex-pat friends. But that’s Hemingway’s way, I guess. The subtl ...more
مروان البلوشي

مر علي زمان كنت فيه مغرماً بالكاتب الأمريكي إرنست هيمنغواي، ما تزال آثار قراءة رواية "لمن تقرع الأجراس؟" وأنا في الرابعة عشر من عمري حاضرة بقوة في حنايا ذاكرتي القرائية أو ربما ذاكرة أيام عمري، حيث أنني أمضي أغلب العمر وأنا بين الكتب.
ولكن التقدم في السن والنضج قليلاً، جعلاني أتخلى عن حبي السابق تجاه هيمنغواي. لم يعد عالمه يسحرني،، أتساءل الآن : ما هي القيمة الحقيقية لكتابات هيمنغواي؟ ما هي أفكاره ومواضيعه التي تستحق أن نتعلق بها؟؟ لا أدري،،،

ولكن "الوليمة المتنقلة" مختلفة قليلاً، فيها يظهر وجه هي
Maryam Shahriari
اولین چیزی که با خوندن این کتاب تو ذهن آدم به وجود میاد آرزوی زندگی کردن توی اون دوران پاریس هست. دورانی که میشد با فقر هم خوشبخت زندگی کرد. توی یه هتل یه اتاق اجاره کنی که فقط برای نوشتنت ازش استفاده کنی و بعد از نوشتنت هم راهی کافهها بشی و با آدمهای مشهور معاصرت دیدن کنی و شب هم بری خونه و با همسرت که عاشقش هستی عشق بازی کنی و از زندگیت لذت ببری. یه زندگی شاید ایده آل برای خیلیهایی که دلشون میخواد نوشتن حرفه اصلی زندگیشون باشه.

همینگوی نویسنده کوچیکی نیست. نمیدونم هم که چند درصد از حوادث و دیال
Gary  the Bookworm

Ernest Hemingway is a very good writer; his recollections of his early days in Paris have become the stuff of legend. What he is not, is a good husband, father or friend. Overall this is a mean-spirited attempt to assuage his guilt about dumping his first wife and to win some imaginary competition between himself and F. Scott Fitzgerald. He succeeds at neither but that doesn't change the fact that this is always entertaining and intermittently very funny. I intend to read more things by him. He
In this fictionalized memoir, Ernest Hemingway tells stories from his first years in Paris as a blooming writer, spending his days writing in cafes and his nights in love with his first wife, Hadley. With Paris of the 1920’s as the backdrop, Hemingway remembers trying to make ends meet in the City of Lights. One of the Lost Generation, Hemingway tells stories of the people who mattered to him, such as Sylvia Beach and her beloved bookshop, Gertrude Stein, Ezra Pound and Scott Fitzgerald.

I bough
Jun 30, 2014 Yann rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Yann by: Nawal

L'entre-deux guerre en Europe: les cartes ont été redistribuées. Des écrivains se la coulant douce sont tout à la joie d'épicuriser quand ils ne sont pas à griffonner, à Paris ou ailleurs. Ils soignent leur corps autant qu'il est possible de le faire, car rien n'est épargné au lecteur du moindre ingrédient de chaque repas, de la composition de chaque liqueur, ni du plaisir ni du culte dont ils honorent le dieu du ventre. Mais hélas, le secret d'ennuyer est celui de tout dire, et il se pourrait b
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Ernest Miller Hemingway was an American author and journalist. His economical and understated style had a strong influence on 20th-century fiction, while his life of adventure and his public image influenced later generations. Hemingway produced most of his work between the mid-1920s and the mid-1950s, and won the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1954. He published seven novels, six short story collec ...more
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