Playing catch-up on some of my overlooked Hemingway reads. To Have and Have Not is quick and worthwhile. A classic example of the use of dialogue as the story telling vehicle. Set in the Florida Keys and Cuba, so much a part of the Hemingway lifestyle. Little wonder he tells the story so well. Smuggling is not a good business or a lifestyle with a future. Few happy endings.
Enjoy this short fiction. No more than a lengthy one or two sitting read.
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The original A Moveable Feast, among Ernest Hemingway’s most beloved works, was originally published posthumously in 1964. The Memoir is of the author’s life in Paris as a struggling writer, newlywed and young father between 1920 and 1926.
A Moveable Feast The Restored Edition with a forward by Hemingway’s only living son Patrick Hemingway and edited by his grandson Sean Hemingway presents the original A Moveable Feast manuscript exactly as Hemingway intended. A major difference is the exclusion from The Restored Edition of the influence that Hemingway’s fourth wife Mary had upon the original publication in 1964.
Of great significance from this reading is Hemingway’s agony over his leaving Hadley for Pauline.
” Any blame in that was mine to take and posses and understand. The only one, Hadley, who had no possible blame, ever, came well out of it finally and married a much finer man than I ever was or could hope to be and is happy and deserves it and that was one good and lasting thing that came from that year.”
Whether or not you have read the original I commend to you A Moveable Feast The Restored Edition. It it wonderful to be in Paris with Ernest and Hadley, to be young, carefree, tasting the food, wine and life itself.
” Lets walk down the rue d Seine and look in all the galleries and in the windows of the shops. We can stop at a new cafe where we don’t know anyone and nobody knows us and have a drink. We can have two drinks. We’ll come home and eat here and have a lovely meal and drink and afterwards we’ll read and go to bed and make love.”
Writing, wonderful writing, every word framing a picture, painting or memory. There is never enough Hemingway. The Restored Edition is worth the time. Do it again, or for the first time!
Several months ago on this blog I posted a review of Hadley by Gioia Diliberto. ( Biography blog archives February 11) Hadley is a wonderful biography of Hemingway’s first wife and their early life together including their move to Paris in 1921. Woody Allen may well have read the book before writing Midnight in Paris the newly released movie receiving rave reviews, including mine! I saw it this week and it is a wonderful movie, even better having read Hadley first! The irony is that Hadley Hemingway does not appear in the film but the scenario set by Deliberto in her book makes the movie all the more impactful. All the characters are there, Ernest , LuTrec, Gertrude Stein, Picasso , T.S. Eliot, et al!
Another book on Hadley Hemingway which I have not read as yet, The Paris Wife by Paula McLain, is also appearing on best seller lists and receiving good reviews. Hadley Hemingway is receiving much attention from both the new book by McLain and from Midnight in Paris . In the past week it has topped all hits on this blog! Not bad for a book published in 1992!
Personally, I am delighted to have read Hadley before seeing Midnight in Paris because it set the scene for the movie’s Moveable Feast, in a sense reincarnated in the Woody Allen film. I am sure that reading The Paris Wife would work in the same manner. It is a Hemingway renaissance! Enjoy the new but if you have not already done so, please go back to the originals! There lies the prose including a wonderful lines by Hemingway in the movie that begs you to read or re-read The Sun Also Rises and For Whom The Bell Tolls!