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The Sun Also Rises (original 1926; edition 1926)

by Ernest Hemingway

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Title:The Sun Also Rises
Authors:Ernest Hemingway
Info:Scribner (2003), Edition: 23rd, Paperback, 251 pages
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The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway (1926)

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I'm just not a Hemingway fan. I must be in the minority because I see that a lot of people love his work. ( )
  JennysBookBag.com | Sep 28, 2016 |
I felt empty while reading this. I was supposed to feel that way. There was very little emotion throughout. Brett felt like a less fleshed out version of Daisy Buchanan. And Jake...there were several points where I just wanted to know what he was feeling, but knew I wouldn't find out, because that's just how Hemingway wanted it. It was written well and, I think, successfully conveyed its (lack of) emotion, but I didn't enjoy it at all. ( )
  EllAreBee | Sep 19, 2016 |
Ok but not crazy about it. Too much foolishness over a "bad" girl. But I guess she was the first of her kind leaving broken hearts and broken bottles of liquor in her path. I suppose the lost generation after WWI was a lot of people who experienced a world so different from the United states that they would never truly find their way home. ( )
  Alphawoman | Aug 13, 2016 |
Good grief. How did I get to be almost-sixty without reading this book? It's a brilliant story of a group of lost souls drifting, drifting, drifting, and it's told with the simplest of words (I'd love to see what comes up if you ran this whole book through Wordle or another word cloud generator...I can almost imagine it...I'm pretty sure "good" would be the size of the Eiffel Tower on the page.) and thousands of tiny conversations and lots of fishing and bull fighting and, of course, drinking and drinking and drinking. ( )
  debnance | Aug 4, 2016 |
After reading about half the book I started dreaming in stacatto conversations that were about nothing. Whoee. Let's see if we can have three or four drinks before we get out of bed and then drink straight through the week without ever going back to bed. This cafe, that cafe, this night club, that taxi, cases of champagne, multiple bottles of wine, call room service for beer if you don't have a drink in front of you. Then talk in 3 word sentences to each other. About the same thing.

I am glad EH had an influence toward cleaning up and simplifying language. And I am glad we are past it and moved into a more fluid and elegant modern style. ( )
  torreyhouse | Jun 25, 2016 |
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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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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Hemingway, Ernestprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Adsuar, JoaquínTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Bruccoli, Matthew J.Introductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Cannon, PamelaCover designersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Coindreau, Maurice-EdgarTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
D'Achille, GinoCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Horschitz-Horst, AnnemarieTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Hurt, WilliamNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Larsen, GunnarTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Prévost, JeanPrefacesecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Ringnes, HaagenAfterwordsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Scholz, WilhemCover artistsecondary 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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Published under two titles:
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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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