The making of Ernest Hemingway's The Sun Also Rises, the outsize personalities who inspired it, and the vast changes it wrought on the literary world.
In the summer of 1925, Ernest Hemingway and a clique of raucous companions traveled to Pamplona, Spain, for the town's infamous running of the bulls. Then, over the next six weeks, he channeled that trip's maelstrom of drunken brawls, sexual rivalry, midnight betrayals, and midday hangovers into his groundbreaking novel The Sun Also Rises. This revolutionary work redefined modern literature as much as it did his peers, who would forever after be called the Lost Generation.
But the full story of Hemingway's legendary rise has remained untold until now. Lesley Blume resurrects the explosive, restless landscape of 1920s Paris and Spain and reveals how Hemingway helped create his own legend. He made himself into a death-courting, bull-fighting aficionado; a hard-drinking, short-fused literary genius; and an expatriate bon vivant. Blume's vivid account reveals the inner circle of the Lost Generation as we have never seen it before and shows how it still influences what we read and how we think about youth, sex, love, and excess.
©2016 Lesley M. M. Blume (P)2016 Recorded Books
I read this book alternately with The Sun Also Rises and A Moveable Feast. A great fill of Hemingway.
This book particularly well read by Jonathan Davis.
I loved it and thought it was well-written and narrated. A big bonus for me was the historical background of the time. Like many young and I'll-informed young men, I admired Hemmingway for both his writing and his life. Now, it's clear to me that he was a troubled soul and a terrible friend. This is a great book and a cautionary tale about the pursuit of fame. Collateral damage indeed abounded when the "sun sat" on this book.
I'm a fan of Hemingway & listened to this as I simultaneously read The Sun Also Rises. It's a great guide to the process that Hem went through in achieving his literary goals & his penchant for using friends as fodder.
I enjoyed the narrator & the pacing. If you enjoy Hemingway you're likely to find this entertaining & informative.
Lesley Blume does a fine narrative about Hemingway's life that lead to his writing his first great work, "The Sun Also Rises" as well as its effect on Hemingway's future life and the people he interacted with during this period. Happily the Epilogue goes into some detail on the people upon whom Hemingway based his characters, many years after the book was released in 1926. For people who have read various materials on Hemingway's life, there may not be much that is new here. Yet, Blume presents Hemingway straightforwardly, warts and all.
I think the narrative could have been condensed somewhat, but this may be the fault of the narration by Jonathan Davis, who is inconsistent in his reading speed. Sometimes his pace is so slow, I got very close to double-timing the playback.
Blume does a fantastic job of painting the portrait of the characters in The Son Also Rises, as juxtaposed against their historical counterparts. Whether it was journalism or fiction seems to be less important than the interesting lives of those behind this important work of fiction.
Ended up not liking Hemingway very much.
Pretty cruel to put your "friends" in a novel
Too many liberties were taken by author who obviously has a bias about Hemingway. No originality in the overall storyline...felt like it was taking old info and retelling it. Finished it, but barely.
No, but it's one of the books on Hemingway I would avoid.
This is, in my opinion, an example of writers taking advantage of popular subjects, in this case, Hemingway. The result is less than average, repeated storylines.
As a fan of The Sun Also Rises but not especially of Hemingway in general, I found this book a treat. Hemingway comes off as an arrogant bully, blessed with talent but feverish with ambition. His envy of other writers was staggering, and led him to mercilessly parody or outright trash those who helped him--Dorothy Parker, F. Scott Fitzgerald, and--most ruthlessly--Sherwood Anderson, he who singlehandedly got "Hem" entree into the Paris literary scene while he was little more than a kept husband with a dream. Later he disavowed the importance of Gertrude Stein although her influence is in every sentence. One wonders what Hemingway was compensating for with his infantile macho posturing and caddish behavior.
This book is not an indictment of Hemingway. Lesley Blume lays out the well-documented facts and lets them speak for themselves. Just as Hemingway's undeniable talent and staggering influence on literature speak for themselves. Along the way, there are portraits of literary greats and the whole world of ex-pat Paris in the 1920's. Not that you haven't heard it all before, but it's a world that's worth revisiting with new insights and details here and there.
Jonathan Davis reads with clarity, strong pacing, and restraint. His French accent could be a lot better, but who am I to talk?
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