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Fiesta by Ernest Hemingway

Fiesta (original 1926; edition 1999)

by Ernest Hemingway

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A story of expatriate Americans and British living in Paris after the First World War.
Authors:Ernest Hemingway
Info:rororo (1999), Ausgabe: 13, Taschenbuch, 288 Seiten
Collections:Your library
Tags:San Fermin, Pamplona, Paris, Madrid, Okzitanien, Baskenland, Kriegsfolgen, Alkoholismus, Alkohol, Promiskuität, Sex, Lost Generation

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The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway (1926)

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An early novel by Hemingway that is clumsy at times in its writing, but shows moments of his brilliance in character and analogy. At times almost like beat poetry, the story moves through Paris and north Spain, telling the story of society, brutality and relationships clearly and concisely. The bizarre loss of self during the bullfighting fiesta in north Spain is resonant as a reader, but ultimately the book falls flat in much of the dialogue and writing. ( )
  ephemeral_future | Aug 20, 2020 |
The Sun Also Rises tells the story of Jake Barnes, Brett Ashley, Robert Cohn. Jake Barnes is a WWI veteran and friend of Robert Cohn. While in Paris they meet up with Jake’s friend Brett, who Robert is smitten with. Jake plans to revisit Pamplona for the annual running of the bulls and invites the other. The trip is disastrous. Although the plot is seemingly uneventful, there are a lot of significant themes to unravel.

The book is primarily about a devastated world in the wake of WWI (hence the title). It must explore the roles of love, morals, masculinity, and religion in this new context. Hemingway writes with a tight, tough prose- which distinctly contrasts with other writing from that time. This style contributes to why it is so easy to pick up and read today. This is a great book to read, especially if you are in the golden years of your life. ( )
  Plczyk | Aug 2, 2020 |
Having read this book 35 years ago, I see so much more in it than as a teenager. The aimlessness of the characters and the trite conversation all are symbols of the Lost Generation. The theme of a new generation whose values usurp the pre- War generation are also evident. Again, the sparse prose and description all enhance the mood of a new type of lifestyle which no longer upholds the traditional (i.e. Victorian) generation. ( )
  Chrissylou62 | Aug 1, 2020 |
I am always in love. ( )
  SolangePark | Jul 12, 2020 |
Wonderful read. Hemingway hit a sweet spot in producing a new way of writing with this.
A simple tale of young travelers, yet told with a piercing insight into character and an effortless power for description of place that stays in the mind's eye.
The protagonist, Jake Barnes, has the upper hand in understanding the foibles of the crowd who travel from Paris to the fiesta at Pamplona. He's the guy who has a job, who tips when he is given service, who coughs up the money when someone else can't, who has scars that cause his impotence. He stands head and shoulders above Lady Brett Ashley, (who's beautiful but will fuck anyone to make the good times roll a little further); better that Mike, the arsehole Scotsman who never pays his debts; better than cry-baby Robert, a one show pony at writing novels.
Lots of high volume piss drinking.
No wonder this has never gone out of print.
  ivanfranko | Jul 9, 2020 |
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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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"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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Robert Cohn was once middleweight boxing champion of Princeton.
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A story of expatriate Americans and British living in Paris after the First World War.

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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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