So - my Book Club met again to discuss the ending half of The Sun Also Rises by Hemingway this last Tuesday. Overall, I didn't really enjoy any of the characters and if you've read the book you'll hopefully find it quite difficult to as well. But the funny thing is: the picture above of young'ish Hemingway is practially the theme of book. Excessive drinking and exotic travels (ie. Paris/Spain), yet sadness about life & commitment problems hidden behind a facade of happy comfort.
I did enjoy Hemingway's writing style and would be interested in checking out some of his other stories. Even though the story was written in the 1920's, it had a VERY modern feel to it. You could almost see Brett, Jake, and Cohn in many people today. Our hole-in-the-wall bar for Hemingway was THE KINGPIN off Prytania. The drink of choice of the night was Abita's Satsuma Harvest Wit, which is a LA summertime brew. Yum! -----------------
Next BOOK up for reading is John Kennedy Toole's A Confederacy of Dunces, published in 1980. Which is supposedly a true CLASSIC of New Orleans and a must-read.
The story is set in New Orleans in the early 1960s. The central character is Ignatius J. (Jacques) Reilly, an educated but slothful man still living with his mother at age 30 in the city's Uptown neighborhood, who, because of family circumstances, must set out to get a job. In his quest for employment he has various adventures with colorful French Quarter characters.