Book Review – A Moveable Feast, Ernest Hemingway

Book Review May 2017

Moveable Feast

Book reviewing is not something I ever wanted to be the main part of my blog. Travel and books go hand in hand. Hours of train or plane travel equal the opportunity to read. Remember back to before you had kids and you could lie around and read all afternoon in the sun or curled up in front of a fire. Holidays for me give me the opportunity to be able to get some reading time back that is not in the crazy hours during the night when my insomnia kicks in.

Having read some disappointing books I wanted to go back to some timeless old classics.

Why this book?

I love the book ‘The Paris Wife’ by Paula McLain. I have reviewed her other book ‘Circling the Sun’ on my blog previously. Click here for reviews about these books and the author. Since her story about the other side of Ernest Hemingway

I have read a large number of books set in Paris during the wars and after, Ernest Hemmingway is a part of a number of them.

The book of choice

I picked Hemingway’s ‘A moveable feast” as I wanted to read about his time in Paris. This book was re-written in the 50’s which was some decades after when the book was set so it is retrospectively from notes he made at the time. I imagine that due to time the wisdom and appreciation of this time comes through in his writing rather than the immaturity and insecurity that plagued his personality at the time. Moveable Feast wasn’t published until 1964 after his the authors death.

The Author

Hemingway is a world-renowned author. Most notably he won a Pulitzer Prize for Fiction (1953) and a Nobel Prize in Literature (1954). I had read his earlier books. The books that put him on the map.

Moveable Feast is set in Paris in the twenties after World War 1 and is a collection of memories from the author’s time in the city. It is as much a love story about his love for Paris as it is a collection of his interactions with his friends at the time.

The book quotes “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.”

Why should you read it?

If you are a lover of Paris then you must read this book. If you have never thought a womanising alcoholic like Hemingway could be a likeable character, then you would be wrong. This book develops a character or shows a side to the man that so many woman have loved and shared. IT is a privilege to see Paris through his eyes in this era.

Some parts of the book remain typically Hemingway and doused in spite with the relay of certain parts of the book. Regardless, this is some of his better writing and a charming look into Paris of another time.

In Summary

This book won’t take you long. It’s not that big. Take it anywhere!


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