Its plot, its major themes, its point are all wrapped up in this strange new time that Hemingway found himself a part of. Get full reviews, ratings, and advice delivered weekly to your inbox.
Before the trip he was Duff's lover and Hemingway's friend; during the fiasco of the fiesta, he lost Duff and Hemingway's friendship. The Nation 's critic believed Hemingway's hard-boiled style was better suited to the short stories published in In Our Time than his novel.
The first is an allusion to the " Lost Generation ", a term coined by Gertrude Stein referring to the post-war generation; [note 2]  the other epigraph is a long quotation from Ecclesiastes : "One generation passeth away, and another generation cometh: but the earth abideth for ever.
He sees the novel as a morality play with Jake as the person who loses the most. His descriptions of the bull fights at Pamplona and the fiesta are chilling and as splendid as anything I have had the pleasure to read. So it was clearly popular in its day.