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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (3,112 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Ernest Hemingway Narrator: James Naughton Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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"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."

-- ERNEST HEMINGWAY TO A FRIEND, 1950

Published posthumously in 1964, A Moveable Feast remains one of Ernest Hemingway's most beloved works. It is his classic memoir of Paris in the 1920s, filled with irreverent portraits of other expatriate luminaries such as F. Scott Fitzgerald and Gertrude Stein; tender memories of his first wife, Hadley; and insightful recollections of his own early experiments with his craft. It is a literary feast, brilliantly evoking the exuberant mood of Paris after World War I and the youthful spirit, unbridled creativity, and unquenchable enthusiasm that Hemingway himself epitomized.

Ernest Hemingway did more to change the style of English prose than any other writer in the twentieth century, and for his efforts he was awarded the Nobel Prize for literature in 1954. Hemingway wrote in short, declarative sentences and was known for his tough, terse prose. Publication of The Sun Also Rises and A Farewell to Arms immediately established Ernest Hemingway as one of the greatest literary lights of the twentieth century. As part of the expatriate community in 1920s Paris, the former journalist and World War I ambulance driver began a career that lead to international fame. Hemingway was an aficionado of bullfighting and big-game hunting, and his main protagonists were always men and women of courage and conviction, who suffered unseen scars, both physical and emotional. He covered the Spanish Civil War, portraying it in fiction in his brilliant novel For Whom the Bell Tolls, and he subsequently covered World War II. His classic novella The Old Man and the Sea won the Pulitzer Prize in 1953. He died in 1961. Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Gives us an opportunity to meet Hemingway less as the controlled craftsman that he long pretended to be than as the embittered, frightened, sharp-eyed avoider of feelings who captured them unerringly…[an] elegiac testimony of a writer sensitive to time and change, to false starts and to false people, most especially himself.” 

    Wall Street Journal

  • “Each chapter is short and vignette-like, comical, bitchy and warm. They are best read a few at a time, so as to get into the flow of Hemingway’s surprising sentences, but not to be overwhelmed by the high concentration of egos gathered together on one page.” 

    Observer (London)

  • “It is a short, perfect book. Hemingway wrote it when he was a successful man, about the experience of being a young man, who was not yet successful, but who was writing and happy and in love with his wife. It is very personal but in the most generous way.” 

    Independent (London)

  • A #1 New York Times Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Michael | 2/15/2014

    " I really liked this book. Fun sketches from his time in Paris in the 1920s, which include anecdotes involving some other prominent literary figures in Hemingway's social circles (Gertrude Stein, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Ezra Pound). A must-read for Paris travelers who want to get a feel for the city and its English-speaking cultural history. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Jennifer | 2/10/2014

    " I really admire Hemingway's ability to tell it how it is without giving us pages of description. The stories come across as more real, more true to life even though they took place almost a century ago. Much of what was true then is true now, especially when it comes down to the character of a person. I don't think that the additions to the end of this particular version are of any special worth other than to show he was a writer dedicated to perfecting his craft- don't we know this already? I also think that, had I not known of some of the characters and the general life of Hemingway in Paris, this would have been confusing. It means more knowing the background of his story, whether its fictionalised or not. That said, I enjoyed the book thoroughly and enjoyed the view of 1920's Paris it provided me. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Bayneeta | 2/7/2014

    " Can't see any reason to mess with the original version. Perhaps a curiosity for fans; if you're only going to read one, stick with the original. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Jeff | 1/24/2014

    " One of my favorite Hemmingway's "

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