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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (3,088 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 Jill | 2/17/2014

    " This book has been on my to read list for a long time but I am glad I waited for the restored edition. I also think I appreciated this more because of reading "The Paris Wife" about Hemingway's time in Paris with his wife, Hadley. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Pat | 2/17/2014

    " completed the trilogy - movie Midnight in Paris then Paris Wife...so had to finally read the real thing! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Gabrielle | 2/5/2014

    " I enjoyed it so much more than o thought possible. I enjoyed his caricatures of friends and acquaintances, his romantic eye towards Paris, his description of writing and working as a writer. He did not disappoint in Hemingway-can't/won't-write-women. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Tinuviel | 2/4/2014

    " The more I read about Hemingway, the more fascinated I become. I suppose that's one thing I can thank the Paris wife for. Was difficult for me to get into at first as I am not used to his style of writing. But I admire him for the simplicity of his prose, which in no way diminished his works. Paris in the 1920's, Fitzgerald, Ezra Pound. These are just some of the reasons to read A Moveable feast. Somehow feels like you can almost know the great writers of that time just by reading this "

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