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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

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Excellent Book

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.

20 of 21 people found this review helpful

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Great Author, Terrible Friend

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.

35 of 38 people found this review helpful

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A great guide & insight to his writing

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.

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  • Scott
  • Moss Beach, CA, United States
  • 06-03-17

The Birth of a Cult

Lesley Blume overstates Hemingway’s influence on other writers and literature in general, implying that the publication of The Sun Also Rises changed literature forever. What nonsense. Hemingway was certainly an original stylist, but few of his contemporaries attempted to adopt a similar style. Blume also lauds his “spare, athletic prose.” I don’t know who first coined that term, but it’s repeated far too often. What the hell is “athletic” about prose? And she gushes that he was the best writer of dialogue of his generation, ignoring such luminaries as John O’Hara and Dashiell Hammett among many, many others. What comes across in these pages is that Hemingway was charismatic, arrogant, and an insufferable egotist, who inexplicably had influential supporters waiting breathlessly for his first novel well before it was written. He was a consummate publicity hound who was at least as adept at cultivating a persona as he was at writing. He wrote some fine books, but this biography would have been better served if Blume admired her subject a little less.

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Excellent

Vividly evokes the period and characters, engrossing story. Book may be better heard than read.

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  • Dubi
  • New York, NY
  • 07-17-17

But None So Badly as Hemingway

Let me get this out of the way right up top: I never liked Hemingway and, at my age, I'm sure I never will. I'm not even going to qualify that statement with a "despite his talent" or "despite his revolutionary literary innovations" because I don't believe he deserves it. Am I minority of one? No doubt.

But despite that, I declare that Everybody Behaves Badly is a great book. Better, in my own minority opinion, than the book it is about, The Sun Also Rises, by far. Well, why wouldn't I love it? It shows Hemingway for who he really was: a cruel, manipulating, backstabbing bully -- and, to go along with his Iceberg theory of literature, those four adjectives and nouns are just the tip of the iceberg. The guy was a grade A D-bag, A-hole, son of a B. If you don't believe me, listen to this book.

Lesley Blume clearly venerates The Sun Also Rises and unabashedly lionizes Hemingway's writing. But she pulls no punches in her depiction of Hemingway: pre-Sun, sycophantically taking all he can from his mentors and supporters only to ditch them and diss them at the first opportunity (and take credit for their literary innovations); and during the real-life episode that inspired Sun, his rampant insecurity fuelling his petulant bullying of his companions; and especially post-Sun, the shameless self-promoter trading on other people's misery, no matter how harmful to them that may be.

Listening to Blume's detailed account, I wonder if we ever would have heard of The Sun Also Rises or of Hemingway if not for his feckless manipulation, self-promotion, and sociopathic disloyalty. This book certainly bolsters every negative opinion I've ever had about him and his work. But I suspect Hemingway fans will feel exactly the opposite, and that may be the strongest virtue of Everybody Behaves Badly.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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Fun Literary Gossip

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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The first troll

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I am convinced that had the internet come out in his time, Hemingway would have been the first internet troll. He was that nasty of a character. It befuddles me why so many people put faith in his writing after he completely stayed them and their characters in reviews and books. No one was safe from his poison pen. I don't know how he could face people after being so nasty in print, whether in books or in critical reviews. That said, this is worth listening to if you are a fan of his writing. Years ago, in high school and college I devoured all his works. I think I will revisit them with a clearer understanding of who he was and where he drew his inspiration from. I always got the impression he was a bit of a jerk but had no idea until I read this book. Interestingly enough, I sort of figured out he had erectile dysfunction, and did that contribute to his overall bravado and machismo?

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A unique view into the creation of a classic

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.

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Interesting Background Material

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.

18 of 25 people found this review helpful