BOOK REVIEW: “Everybody Behaves Badly”

Everybody Behaves Badly: The True Story Behind Hemingway’s Masterpiece The Sun Also RisesEverybody Behaves Badly: The True Story Behind Hemingway’s Masterpiece The Sun Also Rises by Lesley M.M. Blume

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Blume accomplishes to demystify Hemingway The Legend and instead present him as more of the struggling artist, questionable person, and product-of-his-time that he was, particularly while he geared up to crafting his first masterpiece. EVERYBODY BEHAVES BADLY stands out as an entertaining and well documented account of the scorched friendships, backstabbing scandals, and “vie Parisien” that went into inspiring and enabling Hemingway to write his first novel. In a way, Blume’s work confirms that Hemingway didn’t quite establish himself as the voice of his generation, but that his generation chose him as so, considering the caliber of mentors and champions he had way before he wrote anything of renown. Ultimately, this is a must read for anyone fantasizing about becoming the “next Hemingway”, for this shows that becoming Hemingway may take more than a deal with the devil and lots of drinking…

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