Laura Gonzalez


1 Aug 2013

Fiesta: The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway *

Reading dates: 04 July 2013 – 01 August 2013

Not sure if this is even worth a review … What clunky writing! I think the Time Out guide to France and Spain might also be more entertaining.

Posted in Blog, Book Reviews, Reading

10 Responses to “Fiesta: The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway *”

  1. david griffin said:

    what a review! never loved Hemingway myself, but paid great heed to his opinions on cocktails

  2. Laura Gonzalez said:

    I know, David … I felt so disheartened after I read it I could not even bring myself to think about it. I found it pointless. And yes, I know what people say about the character of Brett and all that … but it just felt like a bad Gatsby or ‘Breakfast at Tiffany’s’. I went to Cuba to all Hemingway’s places (Ambos Mundos, La Bodeguida, etc) and sampled his cocktails. Give me a good beer, any day.

  3. David griffin said:

    here is a quick take, or maybe it’s a slow take, but written quickly: it’s masculine (at least by reputation) to know his writing and his cocktails.
    many years ago, when I was reading The book you reviewed so mercilessly I was also reading Henry Miller. Loved the one, was bored by the other. But it’s hard to say such a thing out loud at a time when Miller was ignored in Canada, for whatever reason…
    I have always joked about the cocktails thing, but really do think there is a weird man’s man issue around the attraction to his writing. I am sure there’re real reasons to love Hemingway, but not to me. Give me the perversity of Tropic of Cancer

  4. David griffin said:

    And humour!

  5. Laura Gonzalez said:

    Not long ago, I made a calculation of many books I will read if I continue at the current rate and live to be 80. The scary thing is that I owe three times more, so there are two third of my books that will never get read. I do not have time for clunky writing, and I found Hemingway’s painfully so. (I should point out that i also don’t have time for the many crime novels I read, but that is an addiction I am trying to overcome). Your analysis is poignant and explains a lot David. I know many men for whom Hemingway is the pinnacle of literature … I am with you and between Miller and Hemingway I prefer Hemingway, although not by that long a shot. But Miller was Anais Nin’s lover and inspired Henry and June and that earns him points. He also wrote my favourite writing manifesto:

    Who are you reading now, David?

  6. David griffin said:

    I understand not loving Henry Miller particularly. I do love him, I think, because when i read those books I found myself in the presence of the same swinish thoughts that had filled m y head for a troubling time, and which i had thought made me a bad person, an untrustworthy asshole. I guess i loved miller for that consolation.
    Just like you I have a dangerous, distracting compulsion. In my case it’s the pulp horror fiction of HP Lovecraft. The Mountains of madness is what I just finished a couple of nights ago. Is that wrong? It’s all so soothing somehow…
    On a more doctoral note, I just got back from Anaheim where I presented my paper at Siggraph 2013. you can read the paper at leonardo’s current issue, if you are willing to pay.

  7. David griffin said:

    Will send you the paper for free in couple of months, after the editors say its OK…
    Am thinking a lot about open source issues, and kind of like it, coming to my phd so late…

  8. Laura Gonzalez said:

    Thank you so much, David. I would love to read your Siggraph paper.

    I have tried to overcome my addiction in 2013, by creating a book list. I have been doing very well and I have just had my first moment of weakness (see my next review). It has been very hard work, though. And although my books have more stars than those last year, I am not sure if pleasure was as high. Funny that. Perhaps I should only read Muriel Spark for the rest of my life, as she gives me everything. I have thought about it … Anything you recommend I MUST read for 2014? I am crafting my list here:

  9. Knots and Crosses by Ian Rankin * said:

    […] given 1* to Fiesta, I did not feel I could give any more to Rebus’ first appearance, even though I enjoyed […]

  10. Mytwostotinki said:

    This was one of the worst books I ever read. Racist, misogynistic, terrible writing, uninteresting flat characters. My review:

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About Me

I am an artist and writer. My recent practice performance, film, dance, photography and text, and my work has been performed, exhibited and published in many venues in Europe and the US. I have spoken at numerous conferences and events, including the Museum for the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York, the Medical Museum in Copenhagen, College Arts Association and the Association for the Psychoanalysis of Culture and Society. When I am not following Freud, Lacan and Marx’s footsteps with my camera or creating performance works as part of my Athenaeum Research Fellowship at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, I teach postgraduate students at Transart Institute.

I am currently immersed in an interdisciplinary project exploring knowledge and the body of the hysteric. In 2013, together with Child and Adolescent Mental Health practitioner Frances Davies, I co-edited the book ‘Madness, Women and the Power of Art’, to which I contributed a work authored with Eleanor Bowen. My book ‘Make Me Yours: How Art Seduces’ was published by Cambridge Scholars in 2016. In this text, investigates psychoanalytic approaches to making and understanding objects of seduction, including an examination of parallels between artistic and analytic practices, a study of Manolo Blahnik’s shoes as objects of desire, a disturbing encounter with Marcel Duchamp’s last work, and the creation of a psychoanalytically inspired Discourse of the Artefact, a framework enabling the circulation of questions and answers through a relational approach to artworks.