That Summer in Paris

That Summer in Paris

Book - 2013 | New expanded ed.
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It was the fabulous summer of 1929 when the literary capital of North America moved to La Rive Gauche--the Left Bank of the Seine River--in Paris. Ernest Hemingway was reading proofs of "A Farewell to Arms," and a few blocks away F. Scott Fitzgerald was struggling with "Tender Is the Night." As his first published book rose to fame in New York, Morley Callaghan arrived in Paris to share the felicities of literary life, not just with his two friends, Hemingway and Fitzgerald, but also with fellow writers James Joyce, Ford Madox Ford, and Robert McAlmon. Amidst these tangled relations, some friendships flourished while others failed. This tragic and unforgettable story comes to vivid life in Callaghan's lucid, compassionate prose.
Publisher: Holstein, ON : Exile Editions, c2013.
Edition: New expanded ed.
ISBN: 9781550963618
9781550966886
155096688X
Branch Call Number: 921 CALLA 2013
Characteristics: 265 p. : port.

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diannehildebrand
Mar 07, 2018

An honest account of Morley Callaghan's friendship with F. Scott Fitzgerald and Hemingway, culminating in the summer of 1929 when they were all in Paris. One reviewer calls this account "compassionate" and I agree. But this huge coterie of writers and artists who congregated in Paris during those years were a sensitive, gossipy and backbiting bunch - one needs to remember they were also all quite young, and they drank and drank. How they ever could write with that much alcohol in their system is beyond me. One of the loveliest parts of the book is an essay account at the end of Callaghan and his wife going back to Paris many decades later to revisit some of the haunts of 1929.

multcolib_heathere Dec 23, 2014

Morley Callaghan comes off as a name dropping chauvinist, taking an immediate dislike to the women he meets that summer in Paris. Sylvia Beach offends the great Callaghan because she refuses to give out the information of her writer friends. Zelda Fitzgerald he sneers at because she mentions that she too is a good writer and also he feels her ballet is competing with Scott. Pauline Hemingway isn't impressed with Morley or his wife Loretto (the only woman in the book who is approved of-though her only actions are sitting, smiling, and when she speaks, parroting Morley). He mentions every trivial encounter he can with any of the recognizable characters from 1920s Paris. It's like a summer spent celebrity spotting and is written up as well as any fifth grader writing "what I did with my summer vacation..." Try Memoirs of Montparnasse by John Glassco instead.

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ownedbydoxies
May 08, 2013

Very interesting reminiscing about Paris, writers like Hemingway and Fitzgerald, etc., the late 1920's and how it all eventually became stale and somewhat angsty and ultimately it changed.

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