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A Moveable Feast

Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: Ernest Hemingway

Narrated By: James Naughton

Publisher: Simon & Schuster

Date: June 2006

Duration: 5 hours 0 minutes

Summary:

'If you are lucky enough to have lived in Paris as a young man, then wherever you go for the rest of your life, it stays with you, for Paris is a moveable feast.'

-- ERNEST HEMINGWAY TO A FRIEND, 1950

Published posthumously in 1964, A Moveable Feast remains one of Ernest Hemingway's most beloved works. It is his classic memoir of Paris in the 1920s, filled with irreverent portraits of other expatriate luminaries such as F. Scott Fitzgerald and Gertrude Stein; tender memories of his first wife, Hadley; and insightful recollections of his own early experiments with his craft. It is a literary feast, brilliantly evoking the exuberant mood of Paris after World War I and the youthful spirit, unbridled creativity, and unquenchable enthusiasm that Hemingway himself epitomized.

Ernest Hemingway did more to change the style of English prose than any other writer in the twentieth century, and for his efforts he was awarded the Nobel Prize for literature in 1954. Hemingway wrote in short, declarative sentences and was known for his tough, terse prose. Publication of The Sun Also Rises and A Farewell to Arms immediately established Ernest Hemingway as one of the greatest literary lights of the twentieth century. As part of the expatriate community in 1920s Paris, the former journalist and World War I ambulance driver began a career that lead to international fame. Hemingway was an aficionado of bullfighting and big-game hunting, and his main protagonists were always men and women of courage and conviction, who suffered unseen scars, both physical and emotional. He covered the Spanish Civil War, portraying it in fiction in his brilliant novel For Whom the Bell Tolls, and he subsequently covered World War II. His classic novella The Old Man and the Sea won the Pulitzer Prize in 1953. He died in 1961.

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  • Anne

    I loved, loved, loved this book! I hadn't read Hemingway since high school and, frankly, didn't like him that much. What a wonderful portrait he paints of being young in Paris in the 1920's. And the people he knows are all people you're familiar with (and he pulls no punches about what he thinks of them). To me what is most moving is his portrait of his first wife, Hadley. He clearly regrets how he treated her and this beautiful book is his apology to her. I think the narrator does a great job. It's a great read!

  • Meredith

    This was my first real foray into Hemingway's work, and I loved it. It's a fascinating look not only into a period of Hemingway's private life, but also into the personalities who were at the forefront of the famed "Lost Generation" of modern literature. As Hemingway gets to know writers like Gertrude Stein, Ezra Pound and Scott Fitzgerald, he talks about them so intimately that you really feel as though you're getting to know them, too. You also get quite an intimate portrait of the young Hemingway as seen by the older Hemingway, for whom the innocence he still had at that time seems to be a bittersweet memory. Although I find James Naughton's narration kind of flat, it actually works pretty well for an author like Hemingway, whose language is so plain and straightforward. A great audiobook!

Moveable Feast

by Ernest Hemingway

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Moveable Feast, Ernest Hemingway