Tomorrow marks the 50th anniversary of Ernest Hemingway’s death. Say what you will about the man, but he was a literary force of nature, and we’re honoring him with a list of ten of the manliest books on record. For those of you who have a sense of humor, you might want to pick up Marty Beckerman’s e-book, The Heming Way, whose subtitle is “How to Unleash the Booze-Inhaling, Animal-Slaughtering, War-Glorifying, Hairy-Chested, Retro-Sexual Legend Within… Just Like Papa!” In the book, we follow Papa’s rules for living, and are goaded on to rally against the soft, doughy, neutered American male of our times. Only through beer swilling, hand-to-hand combat will we begin to know our virile, primordial inner male. So buck up, kids, and enjoy these offerings, or we will fight you.
The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway
We have to begin with Papa because this novel is set in both Paris and Pamplona and revels in overindulgence, anomie, and bull running. Jake Barnes is our woeful narrator, who is desperately in love with a sexually liberated Brit named Brett, but is unable to have a lasting relationship with her because he is impotent. What’s a man to do, but travel to Spain and drink himself to death and fight with his friends?