Welcome back! I’m back with a non-fiction review, a rare one for me as I much prefer fiction. But this book is all about Hemingway’s experiences in Paris, and seeing as I am embarking on my year abroad this week, it seemed a fitting book to read and review this summer 🙂
‘A moveable feast’ is Hemingway’s records of living in Paris after the war as a young man. Still happily married to Hadley and engaging in literary conversations with authors such as Ezra Pound and F. Scott Fitzgerald, this book evokes all the glamour and excitement of Paris, from the point of view of a poor author, barely managing to sell his work and support his family.
A lot of the descriptions of Hemingway’s travels centre around the Fitzgeralds, with Zelda and Scott’s relationship experiencing many complications as Hemingway gets to know them, reading The Great Gatsby and being there at the start of Scott’s “success.”
As well as recounting his conversations with literary types, Hemingway also talks a lot about his own writing process, particularly where and when he likes to write, and the cafés he frequented while doing so.
I really enjoyed this book because I thought it colourfully evoked Paris life in this glamorous and precarious time, and reading about authors I’ve read or studied from the opinion of a contemporary is always interesting.
I think that Hemingway’s style is pretentious and certainly the fiction I’ve tried of his is style over substance. Having said that, his descriptions of Paris were beautiful and his travels south made me excited for my travels soon.
Have you read any Hemingway? Are you a fan of memoirs by famous authors? Whats your opinion of Hemingway’s writing style?
Let me know all your thoughts in the comments, I’d love to hear from you 🙂