Jake Barnes, Hemingway's narrator with a mysterious war wound that has left
him sexually incapable, is the heart and soul of the book. Brett, the
beautiful, doomed English woman he adores, provides the glamour of natural
chic and sexual unattainability. Alcohol and post-World War I anomie fuel
the plot: weary of drinking and dancing in Paris cafés, the expatriate gang
decamps for the Spanish town of Pamplona for the "wonderful nightmare" of a
week-long fiesta. Brett, with fiancé and ex-lover Cohn in tow, breaks
hearts all around until she falls, briefly, for the handsome teenage
bullfighter Pedro Romero.

Ernest Hemingway—Fiesta

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