Hemmingway's life represents the trials and tribulations of the silver spoon set of the WW1 and WW 2 eras. You can tell about a man by whom his friends are. He used to hang out with F Scott Fitzgerald and other upper middle class (or upper middle class wannabes). These people wrote about heroic struggles of others who were also silver spoons, and amazing as it might seem, these stories appealed to the great masses of both American and world readers. Why? Because everyone who is not of that class certainly aspires to it in most instances. And if you are to be of that class, then you must understand the profound problems of those in that class as well. You will not see any Angela's Ashes or Streetcar Named Desire lives in these writings. No, these are people who have the option of going to a war or leaving it as they see fit, of entering into a life of deprevation for a period of time, and then abandoning it when it becomes tiresome or boring. The other 95% of us have to play the cards we are dealt; we can not just get up and leave if we don't like the way things are turning out. That is the plight of those in the working class, and even the middle class. God forbid we should mention the poor. Hemmingway was a very competent writer, and his Young Man saga is satisfying at many levels. The acting here is so-so, but the production values are excellent. Coming of age is difficult for all classes, and everyone has passed through it before, and everyone will pass through it in the future. Hemmingway does capture that one basic idea well.