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Hadley’s Response to A Moveable Feast

Hadley’s Response to A Moveable Feast

I’ve missed Hadley, haven’t you? I am still organizing my writing from Spain but I thought I would share another audio clip with you in the meantime.

I’ve often thought about Hadley’s response to A Moveable Feast. Hadley was 73 years old when the book came out in 1964.  Ernest’s beautiful memoir describes the innocence and wonder of their marriage 40 years earlier, a haunting record of an enchanted time and place. And yet, how odd it must have been for Hadley to hold this book in her hands, to read it.

Ernest had been gone for 3 years, and so were many other people in the book – F Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald, and Pauline Pfeiffer  – were gone too.  Hadley knew that Ernest was working on “The Paris book” because he contacted her to help him remember details, but I wonder if it surprised her; the tenderness, the detailed, loving tribute to the days and nights they lived together in a world that must have seemed so far away. 

In this clip, Hadley and Alice talk about the book and Hadley’s response to it.  I find Hadley’s comment, “You can’t write a book without calculating” fascinating.  Can you make out the word in Hadley’s last sentence, “He knew I wasn’t a very  - – - person.” – ? Enjoy –

“If you are lucky enough to have lived in Paris as a young man, then wherever you go for the rest of your life, it stays with you, for Paris is a moveable feast.”

- Ernest Hemingway