Published for the first time as Ernest Hemingway intended, one of the great writer's most enduring works: his classic memoir of Paris in the 1920s
Published posthumously in 1964, A Moveable Feast remains one of Ernest Hemingway's most beloved works. Since Hemingway's personal papers were released in 1979, scholars have examined and debated the changes made to the text before publication. Now this new special restored edition presents the original manuscript as the author prepared it to be published.
Featuring a personal foreword by Patrick Hemingway, Ernest's sole surviving son, and an introduction by the editor and grandson of the author, Seán Hemingway, this new edition also includes a number of unfinished, never-before-published Paris sketches revealing experiences that Hemingway had with his son Jack and his first wife, Hadley. Also included are irreverent portraits of other luminaries, such as F. Scott Fitzgerald and Ford Madox Ford, and insightful recollections of his own early experiments with his craft.
Sure to excite critics and readers alike, 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.
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 Se n, who, in addition to sharing their own reminiscences, offer a hint of what Papa himself might have sounded like. A Scribner hardcover.
Style over substance
No denying Tatie is a brilliant stylist, every word chiseled like a eulogy in stone. But a tad arrogant and pompous don't you think? He wrecks Fitzgerald with his descriptions of Scott's hypochondria and tiny penis worry. And the endless documentation of oysters and whiskey sours for lunch seems so dated. It's like reviewers just settle on a viewpoint-"Hemingway in Paris magical"-and never really consider the content of what they are reading.
Why were the images removed?
The book itself is fantastic, and it's great to read the work without the manipulation of the first printings that misrepresented some of his opinions. But why were all the photographs removed from the end of the book? That was incredibly frustrating.
A Moveable Feast
The pages flew by, yet I was hoping he would tell about his reasons for leaving Hadley behind when he kept expounding on his delight with her and their simple wonderful life. In the end, was it his complete undoing? Only he knew the answer to that.