Saturday, May 26, 2012

A Moveable Feast by Ernest Hemingway

A Moveable Feast, a memoir by Ernest Hemingway, is a series of vignettes depicting Paris in the 1920s. Written in his characteristic stark style, this book is a revealing glimpse into Hemingway’s life as a young writer, as well as of other influential writers including Gertrude Stein, Ezra Pound, James Joyce and F. Scott Fitzgerald. The title of this memoir refers to his memories of Paris, which continued to travel with the him for the rest of life, after he has had the experience of it and gone away. Tenderly composed, Hemingway reflects on his foibles as a writer and as a person as well, as his marriage with his first wife disintegrated during this period. While there is not linear plot, the book tracks Hemingway’s path from an unknown writer to one of the greatest authors of his time, his process as a writer, his relationship with other writers and his wife and family, as well as offering a look into the depression that ultimately destroyed him. A Moveable Feast can best be summarized by Hemingway himself: “This book contains material from the remises of my memory and of my heart. Even if the one has been tampered with and the other does not exist.” An enjoyable, evocative read, this book is recommended for both first-time readers and long-time fans of Hemingway alike.

~Helen, Teen Book Reviewer

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