Tuesday, December 26, 2006

A Moveable Feast by Ernest Hemingway

A very light, quick read about Hemingway’s time in Paris in the 20’s – writing in cafes, walking along the Seine, being hungry and broke, skiing in the Alps, etc. He tells stories about his interactions with Gertrude Stein, Ezra Pound, James Joyce, F. Scott Fitzgerald, and Sylvia Beach (who owned the Shakespeare & Co book store.) He ends the book saying, “This is how Paris was in the early days when we were very poor and very happy.” If you’re at all interested in the literary expat community in Paris in the 20s, you’ll probably like this book (even if you’re not a Hemingway fan.)

2 comments:

Nonanon said...

Must admit, I am horribly unschooled in the charms of Hemingway. I think I actually even made it through high school without reading a single one of his novels. It's probably time to rectify that, but maybe I'll ease my way in with some of his nonfiction. Thanks for the reminder about a book I've always meant to pick up...

Donna said...

Hard to believe you never ran into Hemingway anywhere in school. I mentioned this book to someone today, who described it as "gossipy" - which is exactly right. It's definitely a fun read - though hardly the "standard" Hemingway fare (of which I have several books in my re-read pile to dive into someday - soon, I hope.)