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The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway

The Sun Also Rises (1926)

by Ernest Hemingway

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“It is awfully easy to be hard-boiled about everything in the daytime, but at night it is another thing.”

I was looking for something with lots of light—burning sun, baking sand. I was looking for something with a fight in it. I got it with this book, even if I had to wait nearly 130 pages before I got to Spain and longer still, waiting out the seemingly interminable festival week, to witness a bullfight, blood, and thumping fists.

The opening is artful misdirection. I thought this would be about Cohn, that he would somehow become a matador, or find his bloody-toothed victory in the sands of the arena. Not so. He does fight. But the moment where he merely takes off his glasses in preparation for a potential punch-up is the most stirring moment of the novel. Hell, the fistfight 𝘪𝘴 cool, though, when it happens.

The dashing yet respectful bullfighter is a gentleman with a sword, with words, and with his swinging arms. However, just because you can down a maddened bull with a perfectly placed sword thrust doesn’t mean you’ve got the chops to outswing a boxing champion. Different skills, the same passions, a variety of human struggle caught up in the rocket’s confetti. And Cohn, simmering slugger that he is, is no match for a more urbane human—or inconstancy—or a confession of weakness cloaked in drunken braggadocio across the barroom table.

I got the sun. I got the fight. All that will undoubtedly work its way into my next novella: 𝘉𝘢𝘳𝘬 𝘠𝘰𝘶𝘳 𝘚𝘩𝘪𝘯𝘴. The fact that the inspiration that I gleaned and will most likely pilfer wasn’t exactly what I expected is one of the best gifts that a reader can be granted. I hope to put that same pupil-constricting illumination into my own work.

Paris would be cool. But, goddamnit, I want to see the sun in the north of Spain.

“I do not know how people could say such terrible things to Robert Cohn. There are people to whom you could not say insulting things. They give you a feeling that the world would be destroyed, would actually be destroyed before your eyes, if you said certain things. But here was Cohn taking it all. Here it was, all going on right before me, and I did not even feel an impulse to try and stop it. And this was friendly joking to what went on later.” ( )
  ToddSherman | Jan 18, 2019 |
I have to confess, I am not a fun of ‘serious’ or high literature. Thus this book is rather an exception in my reading list. However, more than once it was noted as one of the ultimate novels of the roaring 20s, for example in [b:Fracture: Life and Culture in the West, 1918-1938|22715983|Fracture Life and Culture in the West, 1918-1938|Philipp Blom|https://images.gr-assets.com/books/1424307589s/22715983.jpg|42243216] or in [b:Only Yesterday: An Informal History of the 1920's|197169|Only Yesterday An Informal History of the 1920's|Frederick Lewis Allen|https://images.gr-assets.com/books/1388176481s/197169.jpg|190715]. I am interested in the interwar period of Europe, so I gave it a try. I was not disappointed but at the same time, it didn’t blow my head off.
What I would like to say is how to really enjoy such a book – find a good chapter-by-chapter analysis of it by a professional. It may sound silly – after all, people assume they are clever enough to understand what they read. It is true, but mere understanding is not enough, it is pleasure that matters. To really enjoy this text you have to understand the context, allusions, etc. Just an example, in the beginning the protagonist is in a cab with a prostitute. It is supposed to be an allusion to the episode in [b:Madame Bovary|2175|Madame Bovary|Gustave Flaubert|https://images.gr-assets.com/books/1335676143s/2175.jpg|2766347]. While I have read the latter book, I actually missed it until being pointed at. There are a lot of new ways to write, but if you don’t know they appeared here first, you most likely miss it. I used the following analysis: https://www.cliffsnotes.com/literature/s/the-sun-also-rises/book-summary
Another thing to note is how the mores have changed. The problem of the protagonist is currently solvable, as can be seen in sci-pop book [b:Grunt: The Curious Science of Humans at War|32191737|Grunt The Curious Science of Humans at War|Mary Roach|https://images.gr-assets.com/books/1487296928s/32191737.jpg|46521429]. In addition, even if it did not help, there is much greater openness about sexuality, so that maybe his problem can be solved in other ways – oh, the joys of progress.
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  Oleksandr_Zholud | Jan 9, 2019 |
Interesting story, like most of the so called great books it was so-so. I guess this is the story where the running of the bulls became a thing for Americans to go to. A lot of the prose is unfamiliar in today's world. I found that keeping a dictionary close by was helpful. ( )
  foof2you | Jan 7, 2019 |

Había esperado del bueno de Hemingway otro tipo de novela. Lo cierto es que, a pesar de su narrativa impoluta, profudamente hipnótica y el carmisma-no-carisma de sus personajes, no me ha entusiasmado demasiado esta obra del renombrado y aclamado escritor. Pero tal vez se deba a que no siento gran simpatía por estas populares fiestas españolas que se llevan a cabo de Navarra, Pamplona.

Allí mismo nos trasladamos con los protagonistas de Fiesta, después de describirnos algunas noches turbias en París y presentarnos a Jake y a sus variopintos amigos, y enredos, desenredos, amorosos (Robert, Bill, Mike y Bett). Después, pasamos unos deleitables días de pesca en algún lugar recóndito cerca de San Sebastián, y finalmente llegamos a Pamplona, los días previos de la fiesta de San Fermin. Es aquí donde se desarrolla el núcleo de la historia que aquí Hemingway nos regala con su destreza habitual y su arte literario.

Valiéndose de diálogos, un tanto caóticos, que avanzan de manera vertiginosa, y con unos personajes ebrios la mayor parte de la narración, nos acercamos a una psicología compleja y difícil de entender (posiblemente hay acciones que no tengan mucha más justificación que unas copas de más), en la que se produce un hexágono amoroso de difícil resolución. Además de esto, se nos allega a la cultura 'Sanfermiñesca' que se vive en la ciudad, y que cualquier turista que haya estado por Pamplona en esas fechas reconocerá a la perfección. Incluso se vale de un hotel real (El Hotel Montoya) donde se alojan las voces reales de este curioso (y tormentoso) relato.

Tal vez sea porque me gusta más la narrativa que los diálogos por lo que no he terminado de disfrutar del todo de esta novela, aunque me ha gustado que se haya desarrollado en mi país, me producía cierta melancolía nostálgica al rememorar los lugares allí descritos. Es curioso ver lo sorprendidos que se quedaban nuestros americanos con estas costumbres tan castizas. ( )
  MiriamBeizana | Dec 3, 2018 |
Reading the "Paris Wife" made me read this literary classic. It is interesting, the glimpse into the crazy relationships and morals of the "Lost Generation" is intriguing. I get what he was trying to do with the style and occasionally I find it brilliant; but more often I find it somewhat childish, forcefully simplified, and, boring. The story also is sluggish; it is supposed to be a vignette, a "sketch", a description of what these people were doing and saying; but it wholly leaves you unsatisfied without a purpose or a conclusion... which I am guessing is really the point - the aimlessness of these people, the literal and figurative impotence, the unfulfilled longings, the unfulfilled story.

At the end, I feel like reading this is more of an exercise in literary history than an enjoyable read. ( )
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No amount of analysis can convey the quality of "The Sun Also Rises." It is a truly gripping story, told in a lean, hard, athletic narrative prose that puts more literary English to shame. Mr. Hemingway knows how not only to make words be specific but how to arrange a collection of words which shall betray a great deal more than is to be found in the individual parts. It is magnificent writing, filled with that organic action which gives a compelling picture of character. This novel is unquestionably one of the events of an unusually rich year in literature.

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Hemingway, Ernestprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Adsuar, JoaquínTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Bruccoli, Matthew J.Introductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Cannon, PamelaCover designersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Coindreau, Maurice-EdgarTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Horschitz-Horst, AnnemarieTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Hurt, WilliamNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Ringnes, HaagenAfterwordsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Romanzi: Volume I by Ernest Hemingway

The Novels Of Ernest Hemingway by Ernest Hemingway

The Essential Hemingway by Ernest Hemingway

Five Novels: The Sun Also Rises / A Farewell to Arms / To Have and Have Not / The Old Man and the Sea / For Whom the Bell Tolls (FOLIO SOCIETY) by Ernest Hemingway

The Sun Also Rises / A Farewell to Arms / The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway

For Whom the Bell Tolls / The Snows of Kilimanjaro / Fiesta / The Short Happy Life of Francis Macomber / Across the River and into the Trees / The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway


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"You are all a lost generation." -- Gertrude Stein in conversation
"One generation passeth away, and another generation cometh; but the earth abideth forever... The sun also ariseth, and the sun goeth down, and hasteth to the place where he arose...The wind goeth toward the south, and turneth about unto the north; it whirleth about continually, and the wind returneth again according to his circuits...All the rivers run into the sea; yet the sea is not full; unto the place from whence the rivers come, thither they return again." -- Ecclesiastes
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At the beginning of The Sun Also Rises, Hemingway's first novel, he quotes Gertrude Stein as saying “You are all a lost generation.” He and his peers were soon known as “The Lost Generation,” a nickname still used for these post World War I artists and writers and their modern style.

With the book's publication in 1926, the American expatriate community in Paris tried to identify the originals of the characters. Jake Barnes seemed to bear a close resemblance in some ways to Robert McAlmon and in others to William Bird; Lady Brett Ashley was considered a portrait of Lady Duff Twysden; Robert Cohn a version of Harold Loeb; Mike Campbell a version of Patrick Guthrie; and Bill Gorton patterned after Hemingway's pal Donald Ogden Stewart.

Lady Duff Twysden, an Englishwoman born Mary Smurthwaite, was an aristocrat by marriage to her second husband. Known as a hard drinker, Twysden was popular with the mainly male ex-pat crowd. She embodied the new liberated woman of the 1920s and photos of her at the time show a tall, thin boyish-looking woman with short hair. She was also fond of referring to herself as a “chap."

Lady Brett dominates the novel, even when she's not present.  Jake drinks a lot but Brett drinks more. Brett goes from relationship to relationship. And Brett makes a connection between the major male characters in the novel — Barnes, Cohn, and Romero.

Many people were angered by some of the portrayals. However, the novel won rave reviews. The New York Times said its “hard athletic narrative prose puts more literary English to shame."
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The Sun Also Rises first appeared in 1926, and yet it's as fresh and clean and fine as it ever was, maybe finer. Hemingway's famously plain declarative sentences linger in the mind like poetry: "Brett was damned good-looking. She wore a slipover jersey sweater and a tweed skirt, and her hair was brushed back like a boy's. She started all that." His cast of thirtysomething dissolute expatriates--Brett and her drunken fiancé, Mike Campbell, the unhappy Princeton Jewish boxer Robert Cohn, the sardonic novelist Bill Gorton--are as familiar as the "cool crowd" we all once knew. No wonder this quintessential lost-generation novel has inspired several generations of imitators, in style as well as lifestyle.

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. "My God! he's a lovely boy," she tells Jake. "And how I would love to see him get into those clothes. He must use a shoe-horn." Whereupon the party disbands.

But what's most shocking about the book is its lean, adjective-free style. The Sun Also Rises is Hemingway's masterpiece--one of them, anyway--and no matter how many times you've read it or how you feel about the manners and morals of the characters, you won't be able to resist its spell. This is a classic that really does live up to its reputation. --David Laskin

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"The quintessential novel of the Lost Generation, The Sun Also Rises is one of Ernest Hemingway's masterpieces and a classic example of his spare but powerful writing style. A poignant look at the disillusionment and angst of the post-World War I generation, the novel introduces two of Hemingway's most unforgettable characters : Jake Barnes and Lady Brett Ashley. The story follows the flamboyant Brett and the hapless Jake as they journey from the wild nightlife of 1920s Paris to the brutal bull-fighting rings of Spain with a motley group of expatriates. It is an age of moral bankruptcy, spiritual dissolution, unrealized love, and vanishing illusions. First published in 1926, The Sun Also Rises helped to establish Hemingway as one of the greatest writers of the twentieth century."--P. [4] of cover.… (more)

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