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Book Club 8: "The Sun Also Rises" & Fireside Brunch at Taix

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.

Kay

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  • Julia

    Great meetup as usual! Taix was the perfect venue to discuss this book, and I loved sitting cozily by the fireplace, enjoying an intense discussion with my MSK sisters. Met a couple of new friends, too! :-)

    November 27, 2012

  • Sunny

    Fabulous as always.. Great discussion with a group of insightful ladies..and of course the venue was so 'Jake in Paris'.. Thank you Kay!!

    November 27, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    I loved the comeraderie, the thoughtful conversations, and the wonderful reflections that my Sisters brought to the lunch table and to our thorough dissection of Hemingway & this book. Thank you, Kay, for your deliberate redirections. A terrfic afternoon, and fireside , too!

    November 27, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    I did not like the discussion format. I felt it was overly structured.

    November 25, 2012

  • Kay

    Some of the members left right after lunch, but six of us stayed late and had interesting conversations. As always, I enjoyed it very much. The ambiance was awesome especially when they dimed the light after 4 pm. Loved our fireside table!

    November 25, 2012

  • Genese

    Very interesting discussion! Wish I could have stayed longer...

    November 25, 2012

  • Kay

    Imoye, looking forward to meeting you as well. We usually have a real good time and laugh a lot. I give a quiz and there are prizes :)

    1 · November 23, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Looking forward to meeting and discussing the book with everyone on Sunday.

    November 23, 2012

  • Dee M

    Just need to say, while in school so, so so, many years ago, we were required to read Hemingway. He took 3 pages of a book to describe a rock sitting on the side of a tree. He left me seeing the rock, and the tree. I have never had a composer make me see the images while I read about them. In short, if you ever have a chance to read Hemingway, do it. He is/was amazing.

    November 19, 2012

  • Kay

    The book is less than 250 pages long (paperbook size). Easy read with lots of dialogues. It's a grown-up love story.

    October 24, 2012

  • Kay

    This is the same restaurant MSK is having the Christmas Gift Exchange. Christmas Gift Exchange will be held at the private banquet room. The book club is being held at the bar area so that we can stay as long as we want and I also wanted to sit in front of the fireplace. Bar is the only place that has a fireplace at this restaurant :(

    October 24, 2012

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