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'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.
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.
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