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The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway

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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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 |

“I can't stand it to think my life is going so fast and I'm not really living it.”

Some classics speak to a reader, others don't. I wanted to like this one more than I did, and at first I figured I would for it started well. While I initially dug Hemingway's writing style, as the story droned on almost pointlessly, it lost its finesse. It doesn't help that the events seem stacked together with no real sense of flow or purpose, which ironically is likely the purpose of the story.

It's a look at the characters regressive lives, their interactions with each other while they exist in their situations. They go from different bars and restaurants to drink and speak of little, random things, shifting aimlessly. They do fish awhile, and finally bullfights (which I hate on moral principle). The bar hopping is almost continuous as they make sure to numb their existences through alcohol.

I don't see anything admirable about Brett - why so many are attracted to her I don't know. All the characters have a sense of emptiness in their lives that they can't feel, I sense this as the main theme, but it wasn't interesting for me.

I'm clueless why this one is so highly enjoyed, but I guess we all run into books like that from time to time. It's said that Hemingway did well in capturing the Lost Generation's lives and all that, but perhaps I'm too ignorant of the history and the system of that time to fully appreciate it, or else I just grew too bored too often to care much. ( )
  ErinPaperbackstash | Jun 14, 2016 |
Fantastic. I can guarantee that some of Hemingway's greatness was lost to me in the choppy way I read the novel, but it's one I definitely plan to return to! ( )
  sippju01 | Jun 9, 2016 |
The Sun Also Rises is heralded as the definitive novel of the 'Lost Generation' that experienced the years between the end of World War One and the start of the Great Depression. It is said that Hemingway intended the book to be a defence of that generation, arguing that they were strong and resilient, not decadent and directionless as many perceived. Unfortunately, this is not the impression that I get from reading The Sun Also Rises. The book is one meandering commentary on a bunch of moneyed American expatriates in Europe, who drink and dance in the fashionable parts of Paris, before moving on to drink and dance in Spain, whilst experiencing the fiesta (and bullfighting) in Pamplona. It seems at times like a self-indulgent chronicle of well-off writers and socialites (the novel is a somewhat autobiographical tale of Hemingway's own experiences in Paris in the Roaring Twenties). Consequently, many aspects of it are rather dated, or simply boring. The love triangle (pentagon? polygon?) revolving around Brett Ashley is also rather baffling. Brett is engaged to Mike, in love with Jake, sleeps with Cohn, runs off with Pedro... It is, at its worst, an insufferable soap opera. She is fickle and promiscuous (though, ironically, she is one of the most believable female characters in the Hemingway canon), but it is the men in the love polygon that are the most curious. None of them seem bitter towards Brett and veer between cuckolded jealousy and amiable, tacit acceptance of her dalliances. My impression was that Jake and his friends, including Brett, were precisely the kind of decadent and directionless figures that Hemingway was trying to dispel.

Despite this (and it does seem like my reviews of Hemingway's work are disproportionately negative, even though I like all the books of his that I have read), I did enjoy the novel and felt content at having read it. There are some good moments, particularly after the party enters Spain, and, like all things Hemingway, it reads easily. Yet I think the reason it is celebrated today is that it showcases, more than any other of his books I have read, Hemingway's skill as a writer. His prose and style - the 'iceberg theory' - is more identifiable in this, his first novel, than in later, more superior works, which makes it a notable read for budding writers or literary enthusiasts. However, the reason for the easier appreciation of prose is because in later works, Hemingway complemented his prose with interesting plots and thematic depth, which one labours to find in The Sun Also Rises. ( )
  MikeFutcher | Jun 3, 2016 |
I found this story terribly boring, and didn't like any of the characters. I don't quite see why Hemingway is such a big deal, if this book is representative of his writing style. ( )
  Darth-Heather | May 31, 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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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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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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Robert Cohn was once middleweight boxing champion of Princeton.
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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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