A Moveable Feast Analysis

  • A Moveable Feast was written in the form of non-chronological sketches that depict artists, writers, and life in Paris in the 1920s. Each chapter focuses on a particular person, place, or event in Hemingway's personal life. His sketches are short, evocative, and arranged in no apparent order, which adds to the unconventional nature of the narrative.
  • Today, A Moveable Feast is of particular importance to the field of literary history thanks to his portraits of writers like Joyce, Pound, and Fitzgerald. Though his opinions of them are of course biased, Hemingway's sketches nevertheless provide useful historical data about the lives of these important writers.


(Critical Edition of Young Adult Fiction)

Ernest Hemingway’s A Moveable Feast: Sketches of the Author’s Life in Paris in the Twenties is not a chronological account of Hemingway’s years in Paris. Rather, it is a series of sketches in which he discusses his work, depicts scenes from his travels, portrays his contemporaries, and describes Paris and the way of life that defined a generation of writers and artists. Each of the twenty chapters concerns a particular person, place, or incident that stood out in Hemingway’s mind from the perspective of an intervening thirty years. The work contains photographs of the author, his wife, Hadley, and several of the writers described in the work. Hemingway began A Moveable Feast in Cuba in 1957, and in his preface, he states that the work is not intended to be absolutely factual.

In many respects, A Moveable Feast resembles a guidebook for Paris. Hemingway depicts famous cafés such as the Select, which remains a Parisian landmark. He provides scenes from Parisian life, such as strolling in the Luxembourg Gardens and placing wagers at the race track, that capture the places and the era like photographs. Hemingway manages to give an overview of the city and the times and still include such minute details as specific smells and tastes. The work is also a travel documentary. Hemingway recounts his trips in France and the curiosities that he encountered. He also tells of his travels throughout Europe with Hadley. The chapters in which...

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