Everybody Behaves Badly
In between the covers of Everybody Behaves Badly: The True Story Behind Hemingway’s Masterpiece The Sun Also Rises is a gloriously gossipy, compulsively readable account of Hemingway’s early years in Paris with his first wife, Hadley, and the rest of the Lost Generation. If you’re looking for a good summer read, this is it!
The All-Star cast is re-united here –Sara and Gerald Murphy Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald, Gertrude Stein and Gertrude Stein and Alice B. Toklas, along with the unforgettable Dorothy Parker, Pablo Picasso and the ever patient editor Maxwell Perkins.
In the book, author Lesley Blume successfully resurrects the restless and incendiary landscape of the 1920s Paris and Spain, where Hemingway helped to create his own legend. He calculatedly transformed himself into a death-defying bullfighting expert; a hard-drinking, hard-wired literary lion; and a bon vivant expatriate.
She also explains how Hemingway turns the wild weeks of bullfighting in Pamplona and the alcohol-filled nights in Paris cafes into The Sun Also Rises. Over the six weeks that Hemingway spent in Pamplona, Spain for the famous running of the bulls, he manages to channel all the reckless behavior –the brawls, the nighttime betrayals, the sexual rivalry and the daytime hangovers – into his groundbreaking novel.
I thing that Vanity Fair Magazine sums it up best. “In Everybody Behaves Badly, the party has just begun and the taste of fame is still ripe.”