A Moveable Feast
- Narrated by: James Naughton
- Length: 4 hrs and 23 mins
- Unabridged Audiobook
- Release date: 01-06-06
- Language: English
- Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio
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By Apricot on 19-10-17
A Movable Café
Like a movable Café in Paris itself, this audio book can be revisited so many times at any page in whatever weather, best of all, of course, is when it’s raining.
You’ll hear some lovely anecdotes of writers/ artists living in the same era as Hemingway, which is most unique and refreshing. It was like your high school desk mate telling you about the girl from the class next door.
Hemingway also explores his relationship with writing, that he speaks of with such respect and affection. I came across many famous sentences I’ve read before as quotes throughout my literary eduction in my teenage hood. It felt both nostalgic and very endearing.
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By Cathy Dopp on 20-09-06
Hemingway without being TOO Hemingway
I honestly didn't read any Hemingway until 20 year after I learned who he was (and that was mostly because of his super-model offspring). But after "Farewell to Arms" I quickly realized how this man drop-kicked a whole new level of intensity into literature.
But this work is nothing like the gut wrenching drama in "For Whom the Bell Tolls" or "The Son also Rises". This collection of memoirs reads more like short stories, and the short stories are even more fascinating because they're based on real people and events. Hemingway's view of the world is still pretty macho - but he's also struggling with money and not sure if he'll ever be a success at this point. He's also not sure if having to rub shoulders with these other soon to be iconoclastic characters is worth his while either. The frank and irreverant observations are even more fun considering our current celebrity obsessed culture.
So if you've thought Hemingway was too heavy for your taste, you still may really enjoy this book. If you enjoy reading first hand accounts of important literary figures, you'll love this book. And if you ever plan to go to Paris, you must hear this book!
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By Oleg on 11-11-09
It is the Feast of Life!
I was surprised when read few negative comments here. It looks like some readers were expecting detailed sex scenes while others were irritated by mentioning drinks often.
I value Papa Hem for his enormous ability to enjoy and capture the life "as is" without unnecessary exaggerations and extremes that some expect from literature (probably due their own boring life experience where nothing real happens).
In my view he's a teacher who helps us to appreciate life and be happy with its simple artifacts like eating, drinking and loving. He had an extraordinary talent to bring the artistic fragrance of Paris' of 20-th to everybody's life by few simple words that everyone could understand.
He is a phenomena that had never happened in the US or world's literature before and that will probably never happen again. I am so sorry for the people who can not see the great feelings and aroma of the real life behind his simple (not to be confused with primitive) straight-forward writing.
Narrator is just as great as the novel: it's like the author reads it himself.
15 of 17 people found this review helpful