Character Series II: The Damaged & The Lost
Book: "The Sun Also Rises" by Ernest Hemingway
Restaurant: Taix French Restaurant
The second installment of the character series is "The Damaged" and "The Lost." To me, no other author wrote about these characters better than Ernest Hemingway. Hemingway wrote so many incredible stories, but one of my favorites has always been "The Sun Also Rises".
Just like so many youths of my parents generations and my generations, I went to Paris and Pamplona because of this book. I actually took a copy of this book the first time I went backpacking Europe when I was twenty-one.
The main characters are Jake (The Damaged) and Brett (The Lost). They along with a group of American expatriates travel from Paris to Pamplona to see the bullfights and running of the bulls. These are group of people who can never feel happy even when they are happy. They are all a lost generation.
The Restaurant: I picked Taix because the restaurant was built in the 1920's (the book was written in the 1920's as well) and it's French restaurant in the tradition of many French Cafes of the 1920's (the kind Jake and his gangs frequented). We will sit in the bar right in front of the fireplace. The parking is valet for $2.50. Taix offers a large menu ranging from steak, fish to simple salad and soup. Their soups are home-made daily and I love their bread...
So, come join me. Let's sit in front of the fire, sip some wine, eat some French foods pretending that we are in Paris and talk about The Damaged and The Lost.