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Fiesta by Ernest Hemingway

Fiesta (original 1926; edition 2003)

by Ernest Hemingway

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Un grupo de americanos e ingleses afincados en París. Personajes desgarrados, errráticos y descritos con tal veracidad que acabarán dando nombre a esa Generación Perdida, terminada la Primera Guerra Mundial. Sus andanzas desde la Rive Gauche a los Sanfermines, narradas con pulso tenso, en una atmósfera desesperadamente vital, y amenazante. ( )
  biblisad | May 28, 2012 |
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Loved the critique of ex-pat society in the 1920's. Loved the slight on the French. Loved that this American man experienced and described the corridas in a decade where few would have known what the hell he was talking about. Loved that he uses French and Spanish words and doesn't define them. In general, I very much enjoyed this book and look forward to the rest of Hemingway. Say what you will of his character, but writing by your own rules certainly has an impact. ( )
  JenBurge | Mar 20, 2015 |
The Sun Also Rises was Ernest Hemingway’s first novel, written in 1926. It is a roman a clef, describing in thinly disguised fiction a series of events he experienced in the early 1920s. As such, nothing really important happens. The main characters are a group of American expatriates living in Paris shortly after the end of World War I. On a whim, they decide to take a trip to Spain to engage in two of the real Hemingway’s favorite activities: they go fishing and watch the running of the bulls and the bull fights at the fiesta of San Fermin in Pamplona.

Most of the book consists of the conversations that Jake Barnes has with the other characters. The writing is terse and was probably witty in the early 1920s, but much of Hemingway’s diction has become a bit dated. It is still an enjoyable if easy read, but were it not for its historical significance, I would not rate it very highly.

Ethnic stereotypes of the period come through the narrative. One of the more noble characters is a very competent prize fighter who happens to be “a good nigger.” One of the principal characters is reviled by the others because of his “superior Jewish” manners. Most of the other characters consume alcohol in unrealistically prodigious quantities, and are not particularly lovable. They are, however, well wrought in that they are multidimensional, and the reader gets a sense of knowing and understanding them by the end of the book.

Hemingway is revered as a writer because he wrote in a way that appeared conversational, but was actually quite artful. This book was one of the first examples of that style. His description of the bull fights is quite vivid, but his account of the fishing is pretty prosaic compared to his later efforts in The Old Man and the Sea or even Islands in the Stream. I recommend this book as good airplane reading, but I would not rank it with the works of Faulkner or Updike.

(JAB) ( )
1 vote nbmars | Feb 17, 2015 |
I read this book in college. It cemented my dislike of Hemingway as an author who could not write about women or for women. Even though I have read a couple more books by him since, I have given up on him and will likely not read any more. ( )
  sturlington | Feb 16, 2015 |
Lovely edition of my favorite of his books, with a hand-tipped illustration, Woman With a Mandolin by Georges Braque (1937,) on the cover. Beautiful writing, timeless story, very handsome book. Best last line in the history of novels. ( )
  unclebob53703 | Jan 24, 2015 |
Far be it from me to critique actual literature! I really am quite fond of Hemingway, especially his short stories. I was interested in (re-?) reading this because of the recent publications about the time in his life when this book was being written, given that the characters and travels were loosely based on actual persons and occurences. I guess the book strikes me as ultimately being about nothing, kind of in the way that Seinfeld was a show about nothing. But then again, wasn't that the point? ( )
  MaureenCean | Jan 19, 2015 |
The Sun Also Rises is about how a protracted and tragically untreated case of sexual impotence ruined an otherwise rock solid relationship for a young U.S. expatriate named Jake Barnes. Sometime during those no doubt rollicking but overrated roaring twenties, Jake had himself the hots (he had it bad, man!) for a sweet society lass -- a Lady -- named Brett Ashley. Unfortunately, for both Lady Ashley and Mr. Barnes, the sun was about the only thing that rose during their doomed romance ... excluding the Eiffel Tower, of course. And run on sentences galore like the running of the bullshits.

Yada yada yada, Papa! ( )
8 vote EnriqueFreeque | Dec 7, 2014 |
So, there is so much written about this book, I think I'll restrain my comments to it's interaction with me rather than trying to add to the pile of comments, essays, and dissertations on the author's writing style, lifestyle, roman a clef, lost generation, anti-Semitic or homophobic, blah blah blah...

I think that with anything that receives that much attention, people largely see what they want to see, find the hidden truths they themselves buried beneath the sands of time.

It's not the greatest book, not the greatest I've read, nor even the greatest I've read in the last month ([b:Swann's Way|12749|Swann's Way (In Search of Lost Time, #1)|Marcel Proust|http://d.gr-assets.com/books/1269255643s/12749.jpg|4830806]) I didn't love it, I liked it a lot. It's short, so go read it. And it should be read.

Brass Tacks, Hemingway Style: It's a good book. A damn good book. The kind of book it's writer can hang a hat on. It wasn't the best, but it was true. ( )
1 vote wjmcomposer | Nov 5, 2014 |
So, there is so much written about this book, I think I'll restrain my comments to it's interaction with me rather than trying to add to the pile of comments, essays, and dissertations on the author's writing style, lifestyle, roman a clef, lost generation, anti-Semitic or homophobic, blah blah blah...

I think that with anything that receives that much attention, people largely see what they want to see, find the hidden truths they themselves buried beneath the sands of time.

It's not the greatest book, not the greatest I've read, nor even the greatest I've read in the last month ([b:Swann's Way|12749|Swann's Way (In Search of Lost Time, #1)|Marcel Proust|http://d.gr-assets.com/books/1269255643s/12749.jpg|4830806]) I didn't love it, I liked it a lot. It's short, so go read it. And it should be read.

Brass Tacks, Hemingway Style: It's a good book. A damn good book. The kind of book it's writer can hang a hat on. It wasn't the best, but it was true. ( )
1 vote wjmcomposer | Nov 5, 2014 |
Very good clear prose, technically seen. And Hemingway is very visual in the description of Paris,Spain, bullfighting, fishing and boxing and cycling sports. You have to place the novel, in the historical time (nineteen twenties). Nowadays, you can see the description of the Jewish character Robert Cohn as political incorrect, as also the bullfighting can be seen nowadays. ( )
  timswings | Sep 21, 2014 |
Such a sad and moving tale. Ernest Hemingway's style of writing is so simple and leaves its mark. ( )
  trile1000 | Jul 7, 2014 |
First, before people get their panties in a twist, Hemmingway is one of the most technically perfect writers I have ever read. Each sentence is like a jewel, perfectly clear, perfectly cut. His descriptions of scene are brilliant, perfect, rich and evocative. But that is just the trees, eventually one needs to look at the forest, and the forest is not so good.

I will start with the endless casual anti-Semitism and misogyny. I expect and accept some of both in books of this era. That said, the anti-Semitism is a large part of the central narrative here and so cannot be ignored. Jews are greedy money-grubbing angry WASP wannabes. For the WASPs they are like barnacles, clinging with all their might hoping that by the reflected glory of the association they will achieve WASPness. If only it were not for those damn kikes (that word is used in the book) everything would be glorious for the gentiles.

Now is a good time to mention that said gentiles are awful people, though their awfulness is never acknowledged or in any way linked in the book to sanguinity. (I will note that I got that Jake was Catholic, but he was "forgiven" by the others and clearly considered an honorary Anglican.) The only female character is a psychopath (I use that term in the clinical sense, not as an epithet) who is the very definition of all women, of feminine perfection, in the eyes of these bozos. If all women were like Bret I too would be a misogynist. The men are vacuous drunks, led only by their dicks, hungry for the metallic tang of the blood of the bullring and the burn of the Pernod downed to dampen the sting of rejection from the psychopath. Worst of all, despite all the strum und drang these people are freaking boring. Being a brokedown drunk or a manipulative bitch living perilously off an allowance which disappears too rapidly is just fine if you can provide a little excitement. If any of these characters were real people living now they would be the cast of Big Brother Ibiza. ( )
1 vote Narshkite | Jun 23, 2014 |
A tale of rich people (men and their one female companion - who they all seemed to want, although I can't work out why as she was extremely whiney) who drink and squander money they got from God knows where through France and Spain. While amusing in some places, I'm not sure I get all the fuss. Maybe I didn't understand it... ( )
  crashmyparty | May 14, 2014 |
When I finished this book on March 12, 1955, I said: "I so envied the characters, getting to spend such delightful days and nights in Paris and Spain. I felt so refreshed by Hemingway's clear, clean prose, better, I think, than his later stuff. I was quite caught up in the style, and of course vicariously enjoyed the drinking that so reminded me of my brief times in Europe. Golly, how I wish I could go to Europe." ( )
1 vote Schmerguls | Apr 30, 2014 |
I'm kind of waffling between 3 and 4 stars. When I first started reading - after not reading any Hemingway for years - I was put off by the bareness of it - a sketch of a story, not fleshed out with the type of description I'm used to, and with bits of dialogue so foreign to what I'm used to. I found myself wondering what would happen to Hemingway's manuscript if it landed in the slush pile at a literary agency or publishing house in 2012. My thought was that a young reader would toss it aside after a few short pages.

But the more I read, the more I began to enjoy the characters and story, and the writing itself. The characters and dialogue and the very plot began to intrigue me. I will probably read it again, because I'm sure there are subtleties that I missed the first time through. It's got me wanting to reread more of Papa's work.

( )
  REDonald | Apr 26, 2014 |
I didn't actually "read" this. I listened to it on tape in the car during a long trip. I'm in awe of the power of Hemingway's writing. Not very politically correct by today's standards, but given the context of the time in which it was written, it still holds up. ( )
  gkyoungen | Mar 24, 2014 |
My favorite Hemingway. Explores the expatriates of the list generation. ( )
  jamesfallen | Feb 7, 2014 |
My favorite Hemingway. Explores the expatriates of the list generation. ( )
  jamesfallen | Feb 7, 2014 |
I'll be honest, I was bored during the majority of the book. The characters were, for the most part, unsympathetic. The premise was dull, and, though it is, in theory, Jake talking about Cohn, I didn't feel like it was Cohn's story...and he was the only one with much of a background at all. I am not a fan of the style, the simplistic adjectives and the high amounts of repetition (possibly a carry over from Hemingway's own association with Stein),and I probably wouldn't read it again, but I am content that I read it at least once. ( )
  CSTaylor24 | Jan 23, 2014 |
To be completely honest, I read this novel just to read it. Taking this into consideration, I understand (and I'm sure most of you reading will, as well) that having read this fiction I only got out of it what I wanted, or what I searched for. The first section of the novel caught me by surprise by how drawn-out it seemed; sure, this was the base of the novel, but I did not appreciate the fact that it set the tone for the rest of what was to come. What came was a story of some chaps going to a fiesta, and all of them, horribly in love with the one chick, getting beat out by a young matador. One chap, the main chap, didn't have a wee, but he seemed to be doing perfectly fine without it seeing how he has a respectable job, a shit-load of money, and can enjoy the finer things in life. The other guys... Bill seemed normal. Mike might be a bit of a drunk and have some problems with repetition (for Christ's sake), but I'd say he's alright. Cohn, on the other hand, has, I'd say, the most development in the story because of his background and what he gets himself into. Overall, I didn't keep reading this novel for the characters. The story wasn't something to coo for, either. I mean, at certain points, I'm glad that Hemingway wrote this because he did the matador rather well; however, when he got to describing the scenery, I got quite tired; and the name-drops of all these places in France--mostly bars... I felt like it was a prerequisite to have gone to France!

I would have much rather read a Henry James piece about Americans in Europe than this novel. To me, this whole story could have and probably should have been way shorter for the amount of positives it shares with anyone who read it. I give it two stars because it is Hemingway. And Hemingway does know how to write. ( )
  Max-Tyrone | Jan 10, 2014 |
Short sentences, lots of drinking, dissolute characters and bulls. ( )
  Doondeck | Nov 20, 2013 |
I am being generous by giving this three stars, but what can I say, it is Ernest Hemingway. I can't really say I liked it, because it is so depressing. Lives going no where... endless drinking... but I guess that was the point. Not my favorite! ( )
  KristinaMiranda | Oct 26, 2013 |
I didn't particularly care for this book, a character study of the "Lost Generation," the post-World War I expatriates who congregated in Paris and seemed to spend their time writing or pursuing the arts, traveling, and drinking (a LOT), while living off inheritances or other people's money.

However, after reading The Paris Wife  about a year ago, a biographical novel about Hemingway's first (of four) wives Hadley, and discussing it earlier this year, our book club agreed to read The Sun Also Rises, the book that Hadley received all the royalties from in a pre-divorce settlement.

British socialite Lady Duff Twysden and her two lovers, writer Harold Loeb and Pat Guthrie; Hemingway's boyhood friend Bill Smith; and writer Donald Ogden Stewart were among the group that accompanied Hemingway and his wife Hadley on their third trip to Pamplona, Spain, in June 1925.  They (and their actions) inspired the characters of Lady Brett Ashley, Robert Cohn, Mike Campbell, and Bill Gorton (a combination of Smith and Stewart) respectively.  Hemingway of course, is the narrator and main character, Jake), while Hadley does not appear in the book at all (other than possibly in the guise of Jake's impotence that prevents him from having an affair with Brett/Duff).  The young matador Cayetano Ordóñez was the inspiration for matador Pedro Romero in the book.

Brett is a woman who wants sex without love, while Jake can only give her love without sex.   That's more or less the gist of the story.  Brett is living with the alcoholic Mike, and has an affair with the Jewish Robert.  Bill seems to be a pretty normal guy; he and Jake go on a fishing trip on the way to Pamplona.  The other three join them there, and there's a lot of tension, because both Jake and Robert are in love with Brett, but Robert is an annoying third wheel to Mike.  Meanwhile Brett seduces Romero.  None of these characters are especially likeable.

It was interesting to see how much Brett was like Duff in The Paris Wife.  Hemingway biographer  Michael Reynolds said, "Duff Twysden used men like library books, checked them out, browsed through them and returned them late without paying the fine," (Hemingway: The Paris Years, 1989, page 289), and that's a pretty apt description of Brett.

The title of the book is tied into the twin epigraphs at the beginning, one a quote from Gertrude Stein, part of Hemingway's Paris group, that "You are all a lost generation," and the other from Ecclesiastes 1:4-7, which begins: "One generation passes away, and another generation comes; but the earth abides forever. The sun also rises..."

Well-known movie actor William Hurt read this audiobook.  I thought he was pretty effective, especially with the voice of Mike Campbell, who he gave a Scottish burr (although a very drunken one).  He was very good at making all the characters sound drunk when they were drunk.

I'd definitely recommend this book as a pair with The Paris Wife.  I'm also interested in reading Hemingway's take on his Paris years, A Moveable Feast, to see how they compare.

© Amanda Pape - 2013

[The audiobook, and a print copy for reference, were borrowed from and returned to my university library. This review also appears on Bookin' It.] ( )
4 vote riofriotex | Oct 20, 2013 |
This book is much more understandable than many Modernist novels, for which I was very grateful. Also, I encourage everyone to look at Sparknotes while reading this; Hemingway doesn't explicitly state certain important details. Altogether, the book is highly entertaining and full of meaning, although you have to wonder how the characters remain standing after consuming so much alcohol! ( )
  hanbridturner | Sep 25, 2013 |
I've only read shorter works by Hemingway in the past and was never very thrilled by them. Oh I could immediately see that he had a wonderful way with prose - the fact that his writing is so sparse and clean is very deceptive and makes writing that way seem easy. It's not. Using so few words to say so much is incredibly difficult. But I've never liked any of his characters - I've been interested in them, but nothing that I've read before made me think "I must set this aside and read it another time so that I can enjoy the story all over again." With The Sun Also Rises I'm in that same place again - I don't want/need to reread this - but I was very interested in the story and what would happen with the characters. More than anything in the plot I was interested in Hemingway's descriptions of the countryside - I really must read some of his travel essays. I can also see how a story like this gives the reader plenty to discuss when trying to interpret it.

Short version, as far as stars go: 4 stars for the writing, 3 stars for the story. While I was extremely interested to follow what the characters did and said, and how various messes would resolve themselves, I don't feel the need to reread. Because I didn't really like those people very much - and they didn't particularly like themselves much either. But I did really enjoy my reading of this, and the outcome did surprise me. (I kept thinking that someone was bound to die or commit suicide and was happily proven wrong.)

The reason it's something of a surprise to find myself really enjoying the reading is that I've never had really positive feelings for Hemingway. This is due to having read
1) contemporary (his contemporaries, not my own) views and essays gushing over how wonderful Hemingway is and how he's changing literature,
(I read in either a biography or an essay that Hemingway grew tired of people who were forever praising him this way, so the whole You Are A Deity Amongst Authors bit wasn't something he always enjoyed.)
2) more recent biographies about Hemingway and/or Hemingway's friends and/or contemporary writers, which never make him look good as he did tend to pick up and dispose of women repeatedly.
(People who wrote about him as a drinking buddy saw him very differently than those who married and/or dated him. Or saw him move on from one woman to the next. The contrast between those two groups and how they describe Hemingway is pretty stark.)

I balance that with the knowledge that, after having read biographies of many authors, most people on the Great Writers list are often not people you'd care to live with, and are often known as having "difficult" temperaments.

Anyway, I came at this not expecting to like any of his characters - I didn't - and not really thinking I'd enjoy or get into the reading - surprise, I did. I really wanted to know how he'd tie up various bits of plot. I wasn't satisfied with everything - but at the same time I'm glad things didn't end in ways that I expected. And I now look forward to reading other Hemingway rather than seeing it as a chore that I have to make myself read X and Y novels. (I haven't yet decided which novels will be the X and Y.)

Helpful wikipedia links:
The Sun Also Rises
San Fermin - celebration of Saint Fermin in Pamplona, Spain
Running of the Bulls - Pamplona, Spain
San Sebastián, Spain

Random Thoughts, Quotes:

- There are parts of the story set in Paris where I feel you could actually map out where Jake is taking a cab ride and re-create the trip. In fact I'll bet someone somewhere has put that information on the web. (Note to self, google this later.)

- The story has (rawr, manly) sports scattered all through it: boxing, fishing, bull-fighting, biking (Tour du Pays Basque cyclists at the hotel), and swimming. And of course drinking, which is definitely a sport in which all the characters partake. Sex, not so much by everyone, but it's in there as a competitive sport as well. (The rawr-manly thing is me referring to Hemingway being thought of by others - and marketed as - "a man's writer" for writing about stereotypically male pursuits like sports, etc.)

- Hemingway does a really great job of characters having drunken conversations, with the reader being the sober person listening in. I've been that sober person, and it's much nicer to read such conversations than participate - drunken folk are rarely as witty if you're not drunk too.

- My favorite drunken conversation, probably because it involves taxidermy, p. 72-73, 74:"Here's a taxidermist's," Bill said. "Want to buy anything? Nice stuffed dog?"
"Come on," I said. "You're pie-eyed."
"Pretty nice stuffed dogs," Bill said. "Certainly brighten up your flat."
"Come on."
"Just one stuffed dog. I can take 'em or leave 'em alone. But listen, Jake. Just one stuffed dog."
"Come on."
"Mean everything in the world to you after you bought it. Simple exchange of values. You give them money. They give you a stuffed dog."
"We'll get one on the way back."
"All right. Have it your own way. Road to hell paved with un-bought stuffed dogs. Not my fault."
We went on.

...A horse-cab passed us. Bill looked at it.
"See that horse-cab? Going to have that horse-cab stuffed for you for Christmas. Going to give all my friends stuffed animals. I'm a nature-writer."That's also very accurate in the scenario of "drunk person makes a joke but then refuses to let it die."

- I knew about the plot of this book long ago because the "nudge-nudge wink-wink, war wound" part has been fodder for so many jokes and pop culture references. After reading this I can really understand why this bit was whispered about so much because all references to said wound are intensely vague. Which of course makes you wonder how, or specifically where he was wounded. Details are not given. Here're some examples of the vagueness (hiding more for length than spoilers):p 26, adding names brackets so you can tell who's talking, you have to pay attention even with all the text, because it's not always clear. Him is Jake, her is Brett:

"Don't you love me?" [him]
"Love you? I simply turn all to jelly when you touch me." [her]
"Isn't there anything we can do about it?" [him]

...[Description here about how they're sitting, and how she's looking at him.]...

"And there's not a damn thing we could do," I said. [him]
"I don't know," she said. "I don't want to go through that hell again."
"We'd better keep away from each other." [him]
"But, darling, I have to see you. It isn't all that you know." [her]
"No, but it always gets to be." [him]
"That's my fault. Don't we pay for all the things we do, though?" [her]
She had been looking into my eyes all the time. Her eyes had different depths, sometimes they seemed perfectly flat. Now you could see all the way into them.
"When I think of the hell I've put chaps through. I'm paying for it all now." [her]
"Don't talk like a fool," I said. "Besides, what happened to me is supposed to be funny. I never think about it."
"Oh no, I'll lay you don't."
"Well, let's shut up about it."
"I laughed at it too, myself, once." She wasn't looking at me. "A friend of my brother's came home that way from Mons. It seemed like a hell of a joke. Chaps never know anything do they?"
"No," I said. "Nobody ever knows anything."
I was pretty well through with the subject. At one time or another I had probably considered it from most of its various angles, including the one that certain injuries or imperfections are a subject of merriment while remaining quite serious for the person possessing them.

p 31, Jake thinking about the wound:

My head started to work. The old grievance. Well, it was a rotten way to be wounded and flying on a joke front like the Italian. In the Italian hospital we were going to form a society. It had a funny name in Italian. I wonder what became of the others, the Italians. That was in the Ospedale Maggiore in Milano, Padiglione Ponte. The next building was the Padiglione Zonda. There was a statue of Ponte, or maybe it was Zonda. That was where the liaison colonel came to visit me. That was funny. That was about the first funny thing. I was all bandaged up. But they had told him about it. Then he made that wonderful speech: "You, a foreigner, an Englishman" (any foreigner was an Englishman) "have given more than your life." What a speech! I would like to have it illuminated to hang up in the office. He never laughed. He was putting himself in my place, I guess. "Che mala fortuna! Che mala fortuna!"

I never used to realize it, I guess. I try and play it along and just not make trouble for people. Probably I never would have had any trouble if I hadn't run into Brett when they shipped me to England. I suppose she only wanted what she couldn't have. Well, people were that way. To hell with people. The Catholic Church had an awfully good way of handling all that. Good advice, anyway. Not to think about it. Oh, it was swell advice. Try and take it sometime. Try and take it.

I lay awake thinking and my mind jumping around. Then I couldn't keep away from it, and I started to think about Brett and all the rest of it went away. I was thinking about Brett and my mind stopped jumping around and started to go in sort of smooth waves. Then all of a sudden I started to cry. Then after a while it was better and I lay in bed and listened to the heavy trams go by and way down the street, and then I went to sleep.
Again this came out in 1926 when it was still a big deal to even insinuate characters had sex. So this is racey stuff. As is the use of the word bitch in the later chapters.

- Speaking of which, the word bitch is used only by Brett. Here's a sample, p. 243:"I'm thirty-four, you know. I'm not going to be one of those bitches that ruins children."

- While plot summaries of the book can make it sound much more racy than the book is (by modern standards) it's also hard not to want to gossip about who's hooking up with who and wth they think they're doing. Robert Cohen tries to leave his mistress, who he refuses to marry, but she doesn't want to leave him. Meanwhile, in the parallel scenario, Jake wants to keep Brett with him and she decides she must leave him - while continuing to tell him she loves him. If it wasn't for Hemingway's writing style this would be the most cheesy of soap operas.

- What IS up with this generation of writers and the Jews? This is the second book I've read recently that does this (Nightwood), but I've read other authors in the past that also fixate on the Jews, and use a Jewish character to Symbolize Something. In this book it's a completely negative character. Robert Cohen is introduced as a Jew, and his Jewishness brought up repeatedly in early descriptions by the narrator, though those don't seem particularly negative. But the other characters always use it as a slur when discussing Cohen. I'll put the quotes behind a spoiler link, in case you haven't read the book:p 143, Michael: "No, listen, Jake. Brett's gone off with men. But they weren't ever Jews, and they didn't come and hang around afterwards."

p 162: "That Cohen gets me," Bill said. "He's got this Jewish superiority so strong that he thinks the only emotion he'll get out of the fight will be being bored."

p 184, Brett: "Oh, darling, don't be difficult. What do you think it's meant to have that damned Jew about, and Mike the way he's acted?"

p 203, Michael: "...I said if she would go about with Jews and bull-fighters and such people, she must expect trouble."
Having your characters toss the slurs around is one thing - but the opening descriptions of him make it seem as though his Jewishness is an important descriptor, as if it explains something about his actions. I think this actually tells us a lot more about Hemingway than about Jews in the 1920s. Unless it's the concept that everyone felt this stereotype was normal then, while now it's (rightfully) seen as ugly.

- Another ugly bit is the use of the word nigger. Why am I adding this? Well, the book contains it, and I'm big on calling out the use of the word in hopes of making people realize how pervasive it is in the literature in the hopes that it will lead to realization of yes, this racism was that deeply ingrained, it was that casual, that often used - it's in some Great Literature and yet rarely is that mentioned. Here it's used to describe a black boxer that one of the characters tries to help out. p 71, Bill speaking:"Wonderful nigger. Looked like Tiger Flowers, only four times as big. All of a sudden everybody started to throw things. Not me. Nigger'd just knocked local boy down. Nigger put up his glove. Wanted to make a speech. Awful noble-looking nigger. Started to make a speech. Then local white boy hit him. Then he knocked white boy cold. Then everybody commenced to throw chairs. Nigger went home with us in our car. Remember the whole thing now. Big sporting evening."That isn't the first time the word was used, and it's used in the rest of the conversation after this speech. ( )
  bookishbat | Sep 25, 2013 |
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