‘A Moveable Feast’ topic at book discussion Sept. 24

September 18, 2013

    One of the most famous literacy reminiscences will be the topic of the Friends of the Plainville Public Library Book Discussion Group.  “A Moveable Feast” by Ernest Hemingway, sketches of the author’s life in Paris in the 1920s, will be the next topic.  Hemingway thought that if you were a young man in Paris your experiences would last for your entire life, like a moveable feast.

            Hemingway provides nostalgic reminiscences of his first marriage and the discipline of developing his own literary craft.  The book is about the slightly rag-tag circle of artists and writers, some also fated to achieve fame and glory, other to fall into obscurity who were his friends in those years.   It is an evocation of the Paris that Hemingway knew as a young man,  a map drawn in his distinct prose of the streets and cafes and bookshops that comprised the city in which he, as young writer, sometime struggling against the cold and hunger of near poverty, hold the skills of his craft.  It is at once an elegy to the remarkable group of expatriates that gathered in Paris during the ’20s and a testament to the risks and rewards of the writerly life.

            The free program will held on Tuesday, Sept. 24 at 7 p.m. at the library, 56 East Main St.  New members are always welcome and the library has extra copies of the book.