The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway has only one female character, creating an atmosphere of both rivalry and camaraderie between the male characters vying to impress her. The competition between the men is won and lost in different, often unpredictable, ways.
Sometimes it is physical vigor that wins out, sometimes physical strength is a liability.
Using direct quotes from the book as titles ( ex: #7 "Nobody ever lives their life all the way up except bullfighters", etc.) the series questions the state of masculinity in relation to historical expectations.
“I am always in love.”
“This is a hell of dull talk...How about some of that champagne?”
"It is awfully easy to be hard-boiled about everything in the daytime, but at night it is another thing."
"Isn't it pretty to think so?"
"It's sort of what we have instead of God."
"I have a rotten habit of picturing the bedroom scenes of my friends."
“Nobody ever lives their life all the way up except bullfighters.”