Define the Lost Generation. What do you think is the cause of their restless and ceaseless traveling and reveling nature?
The Lost Generation, as portrayed in The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway is a group of writers, artists and intellectual born ca. 1900, who are living through the 1920s, a post-World War I period also called "the Jazz Age". The group Hemingway portrays is a mix of some working writers (who did not inherit wealth, like Hemingway himself and his friend Bill), some aristocrats or other scions of wealthy families (Robert Cohn is a portrait of Harold Loeb, from the wealthy Guggenheim family) that clustered around an older generation including Gertrude Stein and Ezra Pound and Shakespeare & Co. book store in Paris, mainly on the Rive Gauche near the Quartier Latin.
Reasons for "the cause of their restless and ceaseless travelling and revelling nature` – The primary reason is that the exchange rate was good enough so they could afford to do so. In part, isn`t this just a very ordinary desire of young adults, just after university, to take a few years off to travel and party and explore the world and themselves? Although Hemingway, in this novel, tries to take himself very seriously, in many ways this is just a story of young people having fun, exploring their own identities, going through all those intense melodramatic relationships one has at a certain age, etc. before they settle down to real jobs and marriages.