I’m getting ready to read A Moveable Feast, Ernest Hemingway’s memoir of Paris in the 1920s. During this time, Hemingway wrote both The Sun Also Rises and A Farewell to Arms and became part of the expatriate community in Paris, which included Gertrude Stein, Ezra Pound, F. Scott Fitzgerald and John Dos Passos. This group is commonly known as the “Lost Generation”, a description Hemingway made popular when he wrote The Sun Also Rises, and a phrase to whom he credits Gertrude Stein.
Hemingway died in 1961 and A Moveable Feast was published in 1964. My copy of the book includes a foreward by Hemingway’s son, Patrick and an introduction by Seán Hemingway, the author’s grandson.
Now you either love Hemingway or you hate him. I happen to think he is one of the greatest writers of all time, but many readers become frustrated with his style. I have always liked his simple dialogues, word choices and descriptions because I think they make the characters and events all the more moving. I recently read a review of The Old Man and the Sea in which the reviewer commented that she thought she would like it better now that she was older but she still hated it!
I’m still working on reading all his books and short fiction, but you can check out my opinions of these:
What do you think of Papa Hemingway?
If you enjoy reading about Hemingway and the Lost Generation, you may like The Paris Wife by Paula McLain.
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