A Moveable Feast — Ernest Hemingway

Hemingway, the writers’ writer, is famously known for having spent his early years in Paris. Freshly married, this struggling and then unknown writer was honing his craft and subsequently defining what it means to be a writer in a vibrant post World War I Paris. Where he wrote his first big novel.

A Moveable Feast — Ernest Hemingway (1964) — 192 pages

In later life Hemingway wrote up his 5 year experience in a couple of loosely related stories. Which involve interactions with other writers (mainly Scott Fitzgerald) and poets. And which offer very specific details (drinks, prices, addresses etc.). Which is almost odd, since the stories were written some forty years later? These stories were posthumously bundled and released as this memoir.

This memoir offers a perfect insight in understanding Hemingway better and his writing. Blunt, scarce, dead-serious (to a point of being humourless even), and without pretense, A Moveable Feast is quintessential Hemingway and a must-read for anyone who wants to better understand him.


Originally published at Jan van den Berg.