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A Moveable Feast by Ernest Hemingway

A Moveable FeastA Moveable Feast is my favorite Ernest Hemingway book to date. Published posthumously by his widow, Mary Hemingway, in 1964, A Moveable Feast is a series of short stories, or memoirs, from Hemingway’s time in Paris in the 1920s. In the preface to the book, he states that the reader may regard this work as fiction if he prefers, but “there is always the chance that such a book of fiction may throw some light on what has been written as fact.” Personally, I take this to mean that this is largely a truthful telling.

One of the more intriguing features of the book is the repeated mention of the artists and authors with whom Hemingway regularly interacted. Familiar names such F. Scott Fitzgerald, James Joyce, and Ezra Pound are found throughout the book and form part of Hemingway’s regular existence. Paris in the 20s was as cool as Berkley in the 60s, and everyone who was anyone lived in Paris and knew Hemingway (even though he was not well known at the time).

Another notable feature of this book is its time period in Hemingway’s life. A Moveable Feast describes early Hemingway, when he was married to his first wife and trying to make it as a writer.

Some of the best chapters involve Hemingway’s interactions with F. Scott Fitzgerald. If the stories are true (and I’m not sure the Fitzgerald estate wants to admit that they might be), then F. Scott Fitzgerald was crazy. And his wife, Zelda, was crazier. There were moments in my reading of this portion of the book where I literally laughed out loud. It’s simply hysterical.

All of Hemingway’s writing is great. He has the uncanny ability, through short declarative sentences, to make stories come alive. I want to live, and eat, and drink in the places where Hemingway lived, and ate, and drank. I want to visit Paris because of Hemingway and any careful reader with a soul feels the same way. The city comes alive. The people come alive. The food and drink come alive. And the wanderlust is real.

I recommend any Hemingway, but especially A Moveable Feast.
5 out of 5 cups of black coffee.
Number 2 in 2016.

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The Books I Read This Year

BOOKS I READ THIS YEARFor the past several years, I’ve annually set a goal to read one book every single week during the coming year. Three years ago I got relatively close to this goal, completing a little over forty books. Two years ago I think my average was closer to one book every two weeks. And this year I’m capping it out with my worst performance ever, having read just twelve books during 2013. But honestly, who cares! I know you probably don’t. So with no further ado, here are the books I did read during 2013:

Best non-fiction book of the year:  The Gospel in a Pluralist Society – Lesslie Newbigin

Best fiction book of the year:  The Cuckoo’s Calling – Robert Galbraith (aka JK Rowling)

Surprisingly good book of the year:  Erasing Hell – Francis Chan & Preston Sprinkle (surprising because of how kindly and thoroughly Chan & Sprinkle debunk the pseudo-scholarship of Rob Bell’s Love Wins).

Complete List:

  • The Holiness of God – RC Sproul
  • Everyday Church – Tim Chester & Steve Timmis
  • Love Wins – Rob Bell
  • Erasing Hell – Francis Chan & Preston Sprinkle
  • Tribes – Seth Godin
  • Robert Ludlum’s the Utopia Experiment – Kyle Mills
  • Across the River and Into the Trees – Ernest Hemingway
  • The Old Man and the Sea – Ernest Hemingway
  • Does God Desire All to Be Saved? – John Piper
  • Five Points – John Piper
  • The Gospel in a Pluralist Society – Lesslie Newbigin
  • The Cuckoo’s Calling – Robert Galbraith (aka JK Rowling)