Bourbon, Beer, & Books The Podcast – The Son Also Rises

This episode we talk about Hemingway’s first big break through book, The Sun Also Rises. We also talk about Hemingway’s Iceberg theory on writing, Hem’s favorite Bourbon, and his use of gender and sexuality in the novel.

This book was written about his life after WWI. It follows a group of ex-patriots who live in Paris and go on a trip to Spain to see some bullfighting. While all the men fight over the beautiful and vivacious Lady Brett, she is aloof and refuses to fall in love with any of them, except our protagonist who was modeled after Hemingway. But his character Jake was wounded in the war in such a way that his penis doesn’t work so they can’t have sex. This isn’t a problem for Brett because she has a lot of sex with many different men and afterward gets tired of them.

This is a roman à clef, or a what the French describe as a story based on real events with a fictional story structure. That said, what does it say that Hem left the fact that his wife and infant son was there during the entire time the story spans?

By Sean Davis

Sean Davis is the author of The Wax Bullet War, a Purple Heart Iraq War veteran, and the winner of the Legionnaire of the Year Award from the American Legion in 2015 and the recipient of the Emily Gottfried Emerging Leader, Human Rights award for 2016. His stories, essays, and articles have appeared in the the Ted Talk Book The Misfit’s Manifesto (Simon and Schuster), Forest Avenue Press anthology City of Weird, Sixty Minutes, Story Corps, Flaunt Magazine, The Big Smoke, Human the movie, and much more.

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