Mailbox Monday –

 

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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.

A modern classic, Housekeeping is the story of Ruth and her younger sister, Lucille, who grow up haphazardly, first under the care of their competent grandmother, then of two comically bumbling great-aunts, and finally of Sylvie, their eccentric and remote aunt. The family house is in the small Far West town of Fingerbone set on a glacial lake, the same lake where their grandfather died in a spectacular train wreck, and their mother drove off a cliff to her death. It is a town “chastened by an outsized landscape and extravagant weather, and chastened again by an awareness that the whole of human history had occurred elsewhere.” Ruth and Lucille’s struggle toward adulthood beautifully illuminates the price of loss and survival, and the dangerous and deep undertow of transience.

32 thoughts on “Mailbox Monday –

  1. Housekeeping does sound really good…and Lucy never tries to escape the kitty tent…she is used to it and she knows she can’t be outside without being in it!!!

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  2. I’m so looking forward to reading your thoughts on both of these. I really should try more Hemingway and the other book is a new to me author!!

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  3. I’m a little embarrassed to admit I’ve never read A Moveable Feast. Hemingway has never been a favorite of mine. I appreciate his work I just don’t totally love it. But I really think I need to read Feast. And I love Housekeeping, if I hadn’t made a “no re-reading” edict for this year I would definitely read this one again.

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  4. Thanks for visiting my blog. I’d be interested in reading Housekeeping. Can you let me know the author so I can put it on my wishlist, please? Many thanks.

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  5. I’ve never heard of Housekeeping but am definitely intrigued by the premise! And I really, really have to read Hemingway someday . . . it’s a shame that, after years of education, I’ve never picked up one of his novels.

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  6. I haven’t read either of these. I’m wondering if I should read A Moveable Feast before I read The Paris Wife.

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    • Leslie, I’m not sure but I read The Paris Wife first and hope to get to A Moveable Feast in the next few months.

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      • I’ll watch for your thoughts after you read it. In the meantime I’m going to see if my library has the audio version of A Moveable Feast.

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  7. I’ve been wanting to read A Movable Feast. Housekeeping sounds interesting, hope you enjoy them both! Thanks for stopping by my blog!

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  8. Great books. Housekeeping sounds really good. I remember hearing about it before and thinking I’d like to read it. I look forward to your thoughts on it.

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