October 18, 2012

Review: A Moveable Feast

A Moveable Feast by Ernest Hemingway

About: Published posthumously in 1964, A Moveable Feast remains one of Ernest Hemingway’s most enduring works. Since Hemingway’s personal papers were released in 1979, scholars have examined the changes made to the text before publication. Now, this special restored edition presents the original manuscript as the author prepared it to be published. 

Widely celebrated and debated by critics and readers everywhere, 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. (from amazon.com)

Review: I have to begin by saying a few things. 
1) I received this book from an amazing friend who recommended it and I fell completely inlove with it. 
2) Paris + the 1920's = two of my favourite things.

I started this book while still reading A Storm of Swords so it took be a bit longer than it should have but it made for a much more enjoyable book, being able to devote all my book attention to it. I enjoy reading the way Hemingway writes. You feel like you sat down beside him and seeing exactly what he sees in every person, place or emotion. The story starts out with Hemingway in Paris, after leaving his writing job in Toronto. He writes, and he writes well. He writes about writers in Paris and important and unimportant people in his life, that yet still seem important in some way, even if Hemingway didn't especially like them. I loved the part where they were in Paris, him and his wife and sometimes Bumby (his son) just enjoying it. Even though they didn't have much money. When he talks about Hemingway it put a little damper on the way I saw Fitzgerald. But it was so interesting how he was. You got a glimpse of him through Hemingway's eyes. I'd be interested to see if Fitzgerald  wrote what he thought about Hemingway. The book ends with Hemingway in the Apls with his family. There was one part I was particularly sad about when he wrote about him taking a mistress. It was so subtle and so quick. It was almost as if she felt he needed to put it in but really didn't want to. I took a lot from this book in personal ways, it was an amazing book. Something I will read and re-read again and again.