Reading A Paris Wife, and then following up with A Moveable Feast was a great idea for me, since I knew nothing about Hemingway to begin with and A Mo...moreReading A Paris Wife, and then following up with A Moveable Feast was a great idea for me, since I knew nothing about Hemingway to begin with and A Moveable Feast on its own was slightly confusing. I filled in lots more questions with internet articles, and this one in particular was very interesting: http://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-cu...
There were things I liked and things I didn't like about this book. I like that Hemingway could describe a moment and put me there…on a snowy slope watching a fox, or on a rainy corner walking through Paris. I didn't care so much for his diary-like writing style of this story…but I think that was his plan to describe Paris the way he saw it when he was loving Hadley and being the self-proclaimed "very very good writer" that he saw himself to be.
I'm still curious about Hemingway…and now, after reading this, I'm very curious about the Fitzgeralds as well!(less)
I wish I could've read this book when I was in a short-story course in college. That was a great class, and this would've been a fabulous story for di...moreI wish I could've read this book when I was in a short-story course in college. That was a great class, and this would've been a fabulous story for discussion. Short stories really are an amazing genre. This particular edition comes with a "Closer Look" … several pages after the story talking about Thurber, his life, his writing and the times in which this little story was written. I loved that information and read the story a second time after reading about the influences Thurber lived within as he wrote this. So interesting about "the little man" and the domineering wife-figure. (less)
This book is being released as a movie soon. The trailer looked fun and interesting, so I read the book.
Halfway through the book, I thought I hated t...moreThis book is being released as a movie soon. The trailer looked fun and interesting, so I read the book.
Halfway through the book, I thought I hated this story, and had to force myself to get through the entire thing. But, really I mostly just dislike Dean Moriarity and the way he takes advantage of people…I don’t think much of his friends, either. My constant thought throughout this story was, “Dean, please just get a job and stop being an inconsiderate freeloader.”
Before reading this story, I had no idea of the Beat generation, or anything about the culture of that time in America. And maybe that’s a part of the reason I cannot relate at all to guys traveling all over the country in stolen vehicles, freeloading and stealing to get by, and taking advantage of women constantly. No….I wouldn’t like that stuff no matter what year it is/was/would be. To me, the writing was terrible. How did this book get so famous? Was it just because at the time it was so different?? I don’t get that. I would never have chosen it to be considered a classic. But then again, maybe that’s because I don’t and cannot relate to the Beat generation?
So while I really really really dislike the characters in this story, there were things that I did like. I liked reading about the travels. I liked reading about the places I’ve been, and loved reading about the places I haven’t been (especially Mexico). There were lapses of really poignant writing – especially about lonely landscapes, lonely travels and lonely people – that were good. They were short blips buried in the rambling garbage of this story. I think Jack Karouac must’ve felt loneliness deeply to be able to pull those feelings out the way he did. I do wonder if he was using Dean to find a story…. And that was underlined at the end when Jack snubbed Dean to be with his snooty rich friends. How sad. Two users rolling along the highway together, hurting people and ultimately each other. Why does this make me so mad?? Since this story was based on his own experiences, I really hope that they both managed to grow up and stop hurting people.
I am still googling topics to try to figure out how this book became such a success, because I just don’t get it. It’s got to be related to the culture of the era…..still searching. (less)
Meg, Jo, Amy and Beth are sisters growing up with loving parents in American poverty. While they struggle financially to make ends meet, their parents...moreMeg, Jo, Amy and Beth are sisters growing up with loving parents in American poverty. While they struggle financially to make ends meet, their parents love them and teach them family values, strong work ethics and how to navigate through life finding happiness and contentment in the midst of pain and struggle. What a great story.
I surprised myself when reading all the happy ending "stuff" and felt a bit skeptical...then was surprised and disappointed in myself. I guess that's just an indication of all the UNhappy endings I've been reading lately. This story was refreshing, and so relaxing. I loved reading about a family that deeply loves each other and appreciates each other. Great story. (less)
What a thought provoking story about prejudicial barriers as well as the importance teachers have on the lives of their students. To have had a teache...moreWhat a thought provoking story about prejudicial barriers as well as the importance teachers have on the lives of their students. To have had a teacher that taught you about yourself and helped you learn and believe in yourself is truly a gift. We often hear about how teachers touched someone's life in an extremely positive way, but this story is told from the vantage point of one of those teachers. I loved having a fly-on-the-wall view of this amazing teacher's journey with his class and learning about his thoughts and emotions as the teacher-student relationships evolved.(less)
Loved it. I'm surprised this story was written in '38, and I hadn't heard of it till now. The mystery, while a bit predictable, was played out with su...moreLoved it. I'm surprised this story was written in '38, and I hadn't heard of it till now. The mystery, while a bit predictable, was played out with such great eeriness and foreboding that I didn't care that I'd figured it out. I did find that reading Chapter 1 again after turning the last page was even more interesting, and I recommend everyone else do the same...just for the fun of it.(less)