Thursday, July 05, 2007

They Drank A Lot

Cafe De Paris by David Marrocco
Cafe De Paris


Paris had many appeals for the expats of the 1920s. It had a liberal atmosphere for artists and attracted painters, poets, and writers from all over the world. It was cheap to live there, it was an exciting, beautiful city and there was no prohibition on alcohol. In the US, Prohibition (1920-1933) was in full swing and people would go to extremes to get a drink - including moving to another country - if you could afford it.
This fact is believed to have been responsible for many of the Americans in the "lost generation" to decide to come to Paris.
In A Moveable Feast, cafe society was the important meeting ground for Hemingway and his artist friends to meet their contemporaries, discuss their work, and drink until their money ran out.
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33 comments:

Carlos said...

Hi Paul,
It's one the things that impressed me, not only in AMF but also in some other Hemingway's books: they really drink a lot.
Well, times sure were dfferent.

isabella said...

They sure did, Carlos ;-)
But they also socialized a lot more, so there were more opportunities and occasions to imbibe.
Of course that was before the television, internet, blackberry...

Carlos said...

You're right Isabella. I haven't thought about it, but now that you mention it... even in my twenties (I'm 40) it happened much more than today. It’s amazing to think that in the 80’s we only had 2 TV channels in Portugal. But... do you know something? We had good friends.

Moi said...

beautiful picture..reminded me of van Gogh's work titled A Midnight cafe.....

Abraham Lincoln said...

It is an interesint picture and the narrative is interesting to read too. I remember when I was into art in a big way that I had a lot of books about artists and their lives and Hemmingway played an important role in their lives.

Abraham Lincoln
Brookville Daily Photo

Fabrizio ikol22 said...

The perfect manifesto in a perfect caption.

Shionge said...

Hiya Paul...this is so interesting and Paris even till today is really a nice place to chill out and just walk along the streets.

Lovely post my dear fren :D

Zsolt said...

in a was it reminds me of Van Gogh's Café painting.

Nikon said...

To Moi & Zsolt, yes I know the Van Gogh painting you're talking about - but it is not a Paris cafe :) Provence, I think?

Kate said...

Well, fellow bloggers, all this while I thought we had curbed our drinking because we had become more virtuous. Instead, we are not as sociable and perhaps more boring?! ;=) Love the poster; posters are a wonderful art form.

Nikon said...

Hello Kate, yes & I can blog the art work without any copyright problems.

Ame said...

MOI! I was gonna say the same thing!

GMTA!

HEY PAULY!!!

MATCHES!!!!

;)
XOXOXO

Josy said...

I love your title.

As a 20-something, I assure you, we're not ALL sober.

I will admit that we're not quite as picky about what we drink now. Nobody's been moving to other countries to get beverages... although there has been talk of doing so in order to taste absinthe.

Nikon said...

Thanks Josy :)

Monica said...

Nikon thanks!
Funny just yesterday I was checking the map for the Shakespeare and Co street and remembered you.
I'll take a photo there and will show it to you when I return from Paris mid August!

Nikon said...

Monica, Hem's B-day is July 21st - if you're in Paris then, what a time to visit Shakespeare & Co. or The Lilas Cafe!
I hope that you have a great time.

Moi said...
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Moi said...

No it's not in Paris, It's in Arles, where he spent some time painting after he left Paris. Well, but this blog is about Hemingway ;)))

Just that the poster seemed to remind a few of us of the painting

And thanx for sharing the info about the number of lighthouses in RI.....we are headed there next :)

inspired said...

:o]

david santos said...

Good weekend for you too, Saul. I go to be in the Coast of Ivory, Senegal, Gâmbia and Guiné-Bissau until October. I go to be next to abandoned children. If I will have access to net sending you notice. I have all in my heart. Good bye

David Santos

Irene said...

I really, really want to go to Paris and sip wine while reading a Hemingway novel. :)

Icarus said...

Good one Paul.
Now for the Brit. perspective: it was forever thus & still is. No prohibition in the UK, but one of the prime movers for 200,000 of my compatriots leaving every year is to find drinking holes (plus sun & sand, and sausage, egg, bacon & chips [french fries to you])that are loads cheaper. Paris, Lyons Madrid, Barcelona, Lisbon they've never heard of. But they lay about/fall about & bloat in the beach resorts, massed in their ex-apt communities of clones, never contributing anything but money to the societies they invade, happily speaking only their Ingerlish & complaining about the 'foreigners'. Books? Reading? Writing?... Whassat? Yuuuggghhh!

Shionge said...

Hiya Paul,

Thank you for your comments over at my blog and hey I've dropped you an email at aol email address did you get it?

Take care.

Cheers
Shionge

Paco said...

fantastico...

Ame said...

Aw thanks Pauly!

I'm feelin' better already...just hearing from you!

;)
xo

Jilly said...

What a wonderful blog. I just found you via your comments on Isabella's blog. Love the Bergamo one too.

Will come back.

Jilly x

Menton DP and Monte Carlo DP.

A said...

YES!

And my SUDAFED!

GRRRRRRRRRRR!

But I'm going out for our "2-month" Ann'y tonite and NO ONE or NOTHING'S stopping ME!

LMAO!
;)
xo

GMG said...

They drank, they smoke, they had friends, ideas, and ideals! Does it seems so out of fashion?...
Anyhow, Paris will always be A Moveable Feast!

Nikon said...

gmg, not that is out of fashion - I was trying to point out that prohibition in America probably made a lot of American artists to make the trip to Paris & to call it their home.
No alcohol at home, so they drank a lot in Paris with their contemporaries.

Emily Lin said...

Speaking of drinking, Hermingway's favorite drinks was Daiquiri, if I'm not mistaken? (googled through Wikipedia.) I love sipping strawberry daiquiri. It's one of my favorite, too. :)

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I'm glad that you liked it!