Thursday, February 18, 2016

A Moveable Feast by Ernest Hemingway


I'm moving right along through my 2016 reading challenge, and I picked A Moveable Feast by Ernest Hemingway for my autobiography title. The title is a collection of memories from Hemingway's time in Paris in the 1920s, and if you've been to Paris, this book will be especially wonderful for you as you are sure to recognize some of the streets, cafes, and stores that Hemingway mentions. Having been there recently, I know the mere mention that Hemingway stops to have a drink and fried potatoes in the afternoon brought back wonderful memories of my time in the wonderful city.

Paris in the 1920s has the good fortune of being home to a good many wonderful writers including Ezra Pound, Gertrude Stein, and F. Scott Fitzgerald among a few. Hemingway shares an intimate look at these characters, and gives us all a glimpse into the rather poor, humble lives that many of them lead as they were beginning their careers. The book is worth reading if only for the very close view of F. Scott Fitzgerald and how very eccentric he was as he publishes The Great Gatsby, certainly known as one of the best works of fiction ever to be written. Though critically recognized immediately, Gatsby was not at all a best seller, thus Fitzgerald is forced to write stories for magazines that he writes, then purposefully dumbs down to make sure they will sell and be popular. 

If you've ever been to Paris, pick this one up, because it is sure to transport you back to the Shakespeare and Company bookstore, the warm cafes, and the book sellers along the river. 

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