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The Sun Also Rises (Fiesta) (original 1926; edition 1957)

by Ernest Hemingway

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Title:The Sun Also Rises (Fiesta)
Authors:Ernest Hemingway
Info:Pan Books (1957), Paperback
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The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway (1926)

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Every time I read "The Sun Also Rises," I come away with new ideas of what it's actually about, and I think that that's very high praise indeed. Sure, it's about bullfights and drinking and Hemingway's masculine obsessions, but this time around I was struck by the curious social dynamics at work among Jake Barnes's drunken, glamorous friends. Its a novel about in-groups and out-groups, whether the divide in question is between mere tourists and true bullfight "aficionados," those who saw the Great War up close and those who didn't, or riotous, shameless, spendy drunks and our kind of riotous, shameless, spendy drunks. For all of the author's powerful description of bullfights and bull runs, the scene that made the biggest impression on me was the one in which harmless steers quieted murderously dangerous bulls: the book is full of descriptions of various kinds of herd behavior. Hemingway's use of negative literary space here is nothing short of masterful: he implies the rules that the book's characters play by, but he never spells them out, and this brings the reader into their circle. Similarly, the book's haunted by the specter of the First World War, which seems to have affected all of its characters so deeply that they struggle -- or have perhaps given up trying -- to articulate the ways that they've been hurt. And the damage is extensive: the emotional and moral tone of "The Sun Also Rises" is so despairing that, overt antisemitism aside, Robert Cohn's most serious crime seems to be his sentimentalism. On a more personal level, there's Lady Brett Astley, Jake's potential soulmate and a puzzle composed gender, class, and sexual contradictions: she seemed to me a dangerous beauty jealously guarding a dwindling store of personal magnetism. "The Sun Also Rises" is a short book, but it reads long: Hemingway's prose is journalistically efficient in places, but he's not afraid to lapse into grand and obvious Spanishisms when he describes Pamplona's bullfights. All in all, an enigmatic masterpiece, a book to read and read again. ( )
  TheAmpersand | Sep 26, 2015 |
"The things that happened could only have happened during a fiesta", 15 June 2015

This review is from: Fiesta: The Sun Also Rises (Paperback)
I read this after a visit to Pamplona, where Hemingway is a Big Name. I hadn't been too struck on previous works of his, so began dubiously.
This novel is narrated by one Jake Barnes, a young American, and his 'gang' of friends, notably Lady Brett Ashley and her hard-drinking fiance. These 'bright young things' have been damaged by WW1 - Jake (like just about all the men) is in love with Brett, but has been rendered impotent. She, meanwhile, seems emotionally scarred: we learn in a conversation that her true love died during the War, while she served as a V.A.D. in a hospital.
Opening in Paris, where life is one round of alcoholic nights out and - for Brett - a succession of meaningless assignations with men - the group move off to take in Pamplona for some fishing and the annual fiesta and bullfights. I got quite caught up in the book at this point, thinking I knew what was going to happen to this little group of people among whom passions were aroused, echoing the descriptions of the bullfights (I was totally wrong!)
A book that grew on me, despite having a largely unlikeable cast of characters. Hemingway brings the atmosphere of Spain to life. ( )
  starbox | Jun 14, 2015 |
Kindred's Reading Challenge: #17 A novel by Steinbeck, Hemingway or F. Scott Fitzgerald
  LaMala | Jun 7, 2015 |
I'm pretty sure that I read some Hemingway in high school and didn't like his writing. While waiting for a book for which I got on a waiting list at our library system here in San Diego, I decided to read this one in the meantime. This one really doesn't hold up very well, especially if you put alongside The Great Gatsby.

Lean, strong prose? I beg to differ. It's spare, but it ain't pretty. Gets a mention for a record number of sentences with multiple "ands" in them. Otherwise told mostly via conversations, which seem banal and repetitive. No real character development occurs. Decades of adulation seem to have made this book immune to criticism, but I still think it's just not very good.

File under: Alcoholism; Fatalism; Animal Cruelty (Bovine). ( )
2 vote nog | Apr 28, 2015 |
O uso de simbolismo é notável neste instigante romance, cuja primeira terça parte é um pouco lenta demais. Jake e seus amigos levam uma vida sem rumo - e a primeira parte do texto é muito... Sem rumo. Os amigos expatriados passar o tempo inteiro embebedando-se, permanecendo bêbados ou curando ressacas. Passam o tempo comendo, bebendo e sendo o mais insensível quanto possível um ao outro. Eis o que foi batizado de "geração perdida". Seria fácil descartar tais personagens como desfrutáveis e, por isso, desinteressantes. Nada disso. Em uma frase, eles são "bens danificados" - corroídos. Não há felicidade para a "lost generation". Há, sim, uma ironia considerável, - corrosiva - ao longo de todo o texto. ( )
  jgcorrea | Apr 24, 2015 |
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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
Bruccoli, Matthew J.Introductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Cannon, PamelaCover designersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Hurt, WilliamNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Scholz, WilhemCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed

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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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