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A Moveable Feast by Ernest Hemingway
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Feb 24, 2012

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bookshelves: memoir, unputdownables-read-a-long
Read from February 04 to 21, 2012 — I own a copy

(I technically give this book 2 1/2 stars, but rounded up to be generous.)

I can’t say this was my favorite book by any means, but I’m so glad I read it. What proof that reading can take you into world’s (and viewpoints) so different from your own, and help us to understand others just a bit better by reading their words! I feel so sad for Hemingway after reading this. To think that the happiest time of one’s life is so far behind them, and those that were part of it gone… some of your own doing. So tragic, so regrettable.

Though this is a biased account, it was pleasurable to get a behind the scenes look at an incredible time in one of my favorite cities. Hearing inside stories about the people who surrounded Hemingway was a treat (but should be read with a grain of salt). I was disappointed with the writing - I expected more from Hemingway... it was fragmented, run-on sentences, and trailing off the whole time. It almost felt unedited (which is odd considering how many times it HAS been edited). I have been told, however, that this was not a good one to start with in order to get the feel of Hemingway's writing. I may give him one more chance... but it's not high on my list to do so.

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Mady I have only read "For whom the bells toll" by him and I quite liked it! At some point I started another one by him, but didn't manage more than a few pages. I am curious about this as it's set in Paris, where I've been recently.
Have you watched Woody Allen's "Midnight in Paris"? After having read this book and something by Fitzgerald, I think the movie will be a treat :)

Wallace I have seen it, but I want to watch it again now (I think I'll get the Hemingway parts more). I recommend reading this -- even if you only read a a few of the essays in it. It's interesting to hear about all of the people and places!

Mady I wanted to take part on the read-along you've organised (that's how I got to know about this book), but I've been reading two read-alongs per month lately and want to have time for some spontaneous reads as well :)
When I read this, I'll be checking the comments from your blog.

Wallace That's perfect -- you'll still get to see what others thought of it! :)

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