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Fiesta by Ernest Hemingway
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Fiesta (original 1926; edition 2003)

by Ernest Hemingway, Christian Brückner (Sprecher)

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Title:Fiesta
Authors:Ernest Hemingway
Other authors:Christian Brückner (Sprecher)
Info:Random House Audio (2003), Edition: ungekürzte Lesung, Audio CD
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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. ( )
1 vote Gezemice | Oct 29, 2018 |
Such a sad and moving tale. Ernest Hemingway's style of writing is so simple and leaves its mark. ( )
  trile1000 | Jul 1, 2018 |
Well, if the sticker on the front cover can be believed, I bought this book in 1988 for some college course I took. Cost me $4.95. Since I don't remember most of college, I certainly don't remember the class, nor this book. Thankfully, I am a packrat, and look what I found to read in the garage in 2018! I'm glad I did!

I really enjoyed this book, and feel like it's the kin to one of my favorites, "On The Road" by Jack Kerouac. Maybe it's the grandfather to it? Anyway, this story features a lost soul in the person of Jake, who we find in Paris, then Spain, then back to Paris again. Along the way we meet Brett, Mike, Bill, and the creepy Robert Cohn. We also learn a lot about food, drink, bullfighting, fishing, France, Spain, and life in general back then. Despite all the moving about, nothing really happens except for life, and I found it totally interesting! I didn't enjoy how mean many of the characters were, nor how strongly the anti-Semitism rang out. But I enjoyed the meandering about, the vivid descriptions of everything, and the general ennui of the characters. A very fine book. Thanks to whatever professor of whatever course I took who required us to read this! It took 30 years, but it hit it's mark! ( )
1 vote Stahl-Ricco | Jun 27, 2018 |
I still love the way Hemingway writes, but I'm docking this a star because the portrayal of Brett Ashley feels so dated. Yes, I recognize this book was written 90 years ago. But I found Brett grating enough that it spoiled the reading experience. ( )
  GaylaBassham | May 27, 2018 |
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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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Bruccoli, Matthew J.Introductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Cannon, PamelaCover designersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Coindreau, Maurice-EdgarTranslatorsecondary 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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This book is for Hadley and for John Hadley Nicanor
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Robert Cohn was once middleweight boxing champion of Princeton.
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They only want to kill when they're alone.
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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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Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 0743297334, Paperback)

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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