Everybody Behaves Badly: The True Story Behind Hemingway's Masterpiece the Sun Also Rises

Everybody Behaves Badly The True Story Behind Hemingway s Masterpiece the Sun Also Rises 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 Earnest Hemingway and a cli

  • Title: Everybody Behaves Badly: The True Story Behind Hemingway's Masterpiece the Sun Also Rises
  • Author: Lesley M.M. Blume
  • ISBN: 9780544237179
  • Page: 427
  • Format: ebook
  • 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, Earnest 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 drunkThe 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, Earnest 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.

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    1. Lesley M.M. Blume

      Lesley M M Blume is an author, columnist and journalist She did her undergraduate work at WIlliams College and Oxford University, and took her graduate degree in history from Cambridge University.She now regularly contributes to Vanity Fair, The Wall Street Journal and Departures magazine.


    1. I requested this book because so often Hemingway is glorified and proclaimed to be such a transformative figure in modern literature. I have read other books, fiction though, about his life and also read articles on the internet about him. “The Paris Wife” by Paula Mc Clain” about Hemingway’s first wife, Hadley, which dealt a lot about Hemingway’s actions towards her and the son that they shared. I have read “The Sun Also Rises” and “The Old Man and The Sea”, I really enjoyed t [...]

    2. I have a fascination with the Lost Generation (see my shelves). This was the perfect addition. Book tells the story of Hemingway's friendships and writing processes throughout his early to mid career. Very informative I've never found him that enthralling, but my interest is piqued. The author does a splendid job of telling tales.

    3. It's been a long time since I read The Sun Also Rises. I remember that the book was enjoyable, clearly written, but I couldn't figure out why it was written in the first place. I'd been to Paris and also to the bullfights and, while the experiences were interesting, they weren't write-a-book interesting. I couldn't figure out why, if you were going to dream up something to write, you couldn't liven it up a bit with some action. It put me off Hemingway for a while. Now it seems that Ernest didn't [...]

    4. This book is an absolute must for anyone out there who still believes canonical books originate from some ineffable quality like “the writing itself” or a mind more deeply attuned to genius. Everyone with a passing acquiantance of Hemingway knows what a shameless self-promoter he was. But that alone doesn’t explain how he, above any number of would-be writers who fled to Paris, emerged as the preeminent American novelist of his generation. I was riveted by Blume’s narrative. This is a He [...]

    5. Everybody Behaves Badly: The True Story of Hemingway’s Masterpiece The Sun Also Rises is a fascinating biography by Lesley M. M. Blume, though it is more the biography of Ernest Hemingway’s book than merely a biography of Hemingway. In telling the story of the creation and publication of The Sun Also Rises, Blume also tells the story of post World War I Paris, the ex-pat culture that developed there and of course, the vibrant, virile and explosive Hemingway.Some might think it easier to admi [...]

    6. I found the most interesting character in this book to be Lady Duff Twysden, the sultry, gold digging, hard-drinking, sexy, fun-loving, witty, free-spirited women (the kind that all bad boys desire) who Hemingway wanted but could never have: As a scorned, would be paramour, he trashed her in the “The Sun Also Rises” and criticized her at every turn subsequently. She mostly alluringly ignored his schoolboy attacks, thus infuriating “Hem” for a lifetime until he finally shot himself. She h [...]

    7. I've read The Sun Also Rises exactly once, in college American Lit, and I thought it was pretty good at the time. That college edition has been sitting on my bookshelf for all the time since, and while I haven't reread it, I was satisfied I knew what I was on about. Then I saw this book and decided it sounded fun and thought I would read it, and then maybe The Sun Also Rises again. I suppose the main title should have tipped me off that maybe I wasn't going to relish this experience as much as I [...]

    8. No rating for this one, as I'm returning to Audible at about 1/3 through. I knew going in that Hemingway was not a particularly attractive character, but I hadn't realized what a truly selfish, vicious, antisemitic jerk he was. So far the book has been (or at least felt like it's been) an unbroken series of descriptions of Hemingway behaving nastily to his "friends," reports of conversations or excerpts from letters in which Hemingway complains that his genius is not properly appreciated, accoun [...]

    9. I heard the author interviewed on NPR talking about the real life events that inspired Ernest Hemingway to write The Sun Also Rises. Having read it for 20th Century American Literature in my first year in college, I wanted to get the story behind the story. Even though, as the author says, everyone behaves badly in the book, I still have a romantic view of the clique of expatriate writers and artists living in shabby apartments getting together to discuss art and literature while drinking wine a [...]

    10. If you already don't like Hemingway for the usual - arrogant misogynist wrapped in he-man leopard skins - you will probably love this book. If he is a literary hero to you, you may change your mind. Author Lesley Blume appears to be impartial in the beginning but as the book gets into the meat of things you get the idea she may have been rubbing her hands together whenever she unearthed a new, less than flattering tidbit. Some of it is very funny just due to the fact that Hemingway hung out with [...]

    11. It's the 1920's and Ernest Hemingway has started to cause a stir among the literati who hang our in the salons and cafes on Paris' Left Bank. His stories are getting notice, but what he really needs s a big, juicy novel.Then he goes to Pamplona for the Feria in July with a group of people who include, his wife, his soon-to-be lover ,an over-sexed, alcoholic English aristocrat soon to be divorced from her titled husband, her literary boyfriend who mistakenly thinks he's Hemingway's friend, a char [...]

    12. Blume's book is a very well-researched 'history' of how Hemingway wrote 'The Sun Also Rises": He essentially took a non-fiction account of going to bullfights and fiestas with the friends he had at the time and changed everyone's names - without bothering to change easily identifiable characteristics. For all Hemingway's fame and position in American letters, I've never been a huge fan. I am less so, after reading how he turned on former mentors and friends, in some cases quite cruelly. I actual [...]

    13. A fantastic view of the events before, during and after the Ernest Hemingway's writing The Sun Also Rises. Ms. Blume captures Hemingway and all concerned parties wonderfully, giving fullness to all the participants. What emerges and is reinforced is the iconic author's perhaps ill-use of mentors, friends and a devoted wife. A must read for people interested in literature history, the 1920's, the Lost Generation and Paris of the era.

    14. Well, I have been slogging through this book for over a week now, and, honestly, I am almost finished with it, but I am calling it quits. The way Hemingway treated, really, everyone in his life is just bringing me down. I'm not sure that even his incredible talent justified that.

    15. I read it fast and enjoyed the read, but found it, in the final tally, unnecessarily depressing and sad in a glass-entirely-empty way. There must have been a few drops of humanity in the compassion-parched desert that (apparently!) was ex-pat postwar Europe, but the author's relentless focus on the nasty and venal behavior of everyone involved leaves no stone unturned - so we can better see the worms underneath. I know, I know, the title should have told me this.

    16. A few summers ago my walking buddy and I spent the summer reading Hemingway and Fitzgerald, as well as novels and nonfiction about them and their familiesSo, the facts of this book, starting with Hemingway meeting his first wife (and my favorite) Hadley, to their move to Paris, to the publication of his first novel, THE SUN ALSO RISES, were not necessarily new. But the spin, and the analysis of the facts brought nuances and twists to the story. Yes, I knew he'd pretty much cannibalized a trip to [...]

    17. If The Sun Also Rises is one of your favorite novels, this book is for you. It's also a great gift for any Hemingway fan. It traces the writing and publication of the famous novel, and the lives of The Lost Generation, the people who eventually became the characters in Hemingway's first successful novel. It spans the years 1925-1927 and we see them in Paris, Pamplona, New York and Schruns. We see of course Ernest Hemingway, who becomes Jake Barnes, and Ford Maddox Ford, who becomes Braddocks. Th [...]

    18. There is really not much about Hemingway’s life left unknown. He entered the public arena certainly by 1925 and has remained there even after his 1961 suicide. New books about Hemingway, his works and his times may add details to the picture but do not change the defining colors and shapes.That said, Lesley Blume’s Everybody Behaves Badly is still an enjoyable read. In a single volume, Blume provides the reader with a comprehensive, one volume view of the social and personal backgrounds to T [...]

    19. Whether it was his "masterpiece" is open to question but it certainly was Hemingway's breakthrough work. It shows the tremendous perseverance of Hemingway as he toiled to produce his first novel. A novel that based its fictional characters on all his actual companions in Paris in the early 20s, the " Lost Generation" as it were. In his work as in his life, he was ruthless and unsparing in ridiculing friends and foes alike. This work focuses on those characters and their hedonistic binge in the P [...]

    20. I listened to the audio version on a long car ride. The title is self-explanatory; if you want to "like" Hemingway you won't get any help here, but I did admire his total dedication to his "craft." The book recounts how Sherwood Anderson, Gertrude Stein, F. Scott Fitzgerald, and others saw merit in his abilities even before he wrote anything of significance and provided valuable support. The book covers Hemingway's early career in Paris culminating in a toxic trip to Pamplona with a group and th [...]

    21. Really enjoyed this juicy book about Hemingway's early days and his process and inspiration for writing The Sun Also Rises. I think Hemingway is a big old jerkface - and this book largely proves that. Horribly narcissistic and terrible to the women and most of the "friends" in his life, but he contributed a good amount of work to American literary classics and for that I applaud him. The writer often writes for Vanity Fair and other magazines so I think that plus the often times salacious subjec [...]

    22. Another entry in the list of books about Hemingway. This work is a well researched and written history about the 'Paris crowd' going to the bullfights. The focus of this book on the people who populate Hemingway's first novel, (The Sun Also Rises) and the lifelong aftermath is the prime new element in the EH saga. A wealth of material was edited to a readable quantity and the notes and sources. A good addition to the library of Hemingway History.

    23. A fascinating read. Everbody Behaves Badly presents the people and events leading to the creation and publication of The Sun Also Rises and everyone does, indeed, behave badly. I was especially interested in the depiction of the New York publishing scene at the time.

    24. It is widely agreed upon that Ernest Hemingway was a jerk, yet he remains an interesting and compelling figure in literary history and to me both for his writing as well as his celebrity. Many books about celebrities tend to romanticize the central figure which is understandable because I cannot imagine spending the time doing all the research to write about someone I didn't find at least compelling. Blume has done a masterful job telling the story about the creation and consequences of Hemingwa [...]

    25. This is a really fun and informative book, even though it's "just" a book about the writing of a book (the novel The Sun Also Rises). Of course, when the author of that novel is Ernest Hemingway - a brash, charismatic, and often distasteful character - and the novel itself is a modern classic that was based largely on real life events involving a group of Hemingway's colorful and scandalous friends (most of whom were soon to become ex-friends), perhaps the story almost tells itself. I started th [...]

    26. I enjoyed this book very much. Much discussed within I already knew, because I've been a Hemingway fan for years,and with research, and visiting his home in Florida.I know a lot about him. I did learn some other things I didn't know and it was a kick to learn about the "real" people the novel were based on,and what happened to them after the publication of the novel. One thing I can say is Hemingway had goals he wanted to reachd yes.he behaved badly on his waybut isn't his bad boy persona part o [...]

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