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The Sun Also Rises (1926)

by Ernest Hemingway

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The Sun Also Rises is one of Ernest Hemingway's masterpieces and a classic example of his spare but powerful style. A poignant look at the disillusionment and angst of the post-World War I generation, the story introduces two of Hemingway's most unforgettable characters: Jake Barnes and Lady Brett Ashley. Follow the flamboyant Brett and the hapless Jake as they journey from the wild nightlife of 1920s Paris to the brutal bullfighting 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.… (more)
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I have read and enjoyed a couple of Ernest’s books. Something like 40 years ago l read For Whom the Bell Tolls and The Old Man and the Sea. Recently re-read The Old Man and the Sea.

This was a tough read for me, mostly bored by it until the trip to Spain. I would have enjoyed such an adventure in my youth. Some rather odd and annoying characters.

My next book is definitely going to be faster paced. ( )
  ShawnEllsworth | May 29, 2024 |
I'm not a Hemingway fan but I did really like this book. I liked the spare writing, and I especially enjoyed what it was about -- the lost generation of the 20s. I suppose what really made it interesting for me was that the story takes place in Paris and in Spain, and I am a Francophile and live in Spain. For anyone who likes this book for similar reasons, I would recommend his Moveable Feast as a followup. That is a memoir of those same years and is fascinating.

And if the subject continues to interest you, I recommend the non-fiction Paris Without End: The True Story of Hemingway's First Wife by Gioia Diliberto. Then, to top it off, there's the fictional The Paris Wife by Paula McLain. But like reading a book before seeing the film version, if you're going to read about Hadley, read the non-fiction first. ( )
  dvoratreis | May 22, 2024 |
Rereading this book again after many years, I began to see Hemingway as a Seinfeld-ish writer in that his books on the surface are not really about anything. The story is slow and the action is limited. The characters are interesting but in an almost superficial way. While there are emotions expressed, most of the characters emotions seem to be fueled by alcohol (or lack thereof). For its time, I am sure this was a new way of telling a story but taken out of that context new readers would probably class the book as "boring." In addition, there is language and events (bull fighting and running of the bulls) that many would see as outdated and unnecessary events. In fact, there is a character who pushes the idea that bicycle racing is "the only sport in the world" which may indicate a change of attitude about those events even at the time the book was written. ( )
  GrammaPollyReads | Apr 25, 2024 |
Hemingway is one of those divisive writers that you either love or you hate, and I happen to fall in the latter category. There is a point where literary realism and description can be taken so far as to reach the point of utter ennui, and nobody does this better than Hemingway. He has no intention of entertaining anybody, especially himself, and appears to write for no other reason but to record the most blandest and pointless conversations and events he can latch onto. Personally, as a reader, I'm far too lazy to make the inferences on my own that Hemingway wants me to, and what the critics love so much about him; I like to be shown everything I'm supposed to see and not have to play a guessing game. As far as I could tell, this novel has nothing more to do with a bunch of people drinking and watching bullfights, because I wasn't at all interested in figuring out the context of it all. ( )
  TheBooksofWrath | Apr 18, 2024 |
Honestly, I found this book boring and the characters unreal and superficial. I read it in high school the first time and didn't like it then; I actually disliked it even more as an adult. The characters seemed like caricatures, the dialogue smarmy and unbelievable. I wonder that if I understood the time period better, I might have liked it better, but I was a history major, and I am a huge fan of historical fiction, and this story just did not ring true to me. There were, however, some brilliant lines in the book, which saved it from a failing grade in my view. ( )
  bschweiger | Feb 4, 2024 |
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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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Ernest Hemingwayprimary authorall editionscalculated
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
Tóibín, ColmIntroductionsecondary 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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This book is for Hadley and 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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The Sun Also Rises is one of Ernest Hemingway's masterpieces and a classic example of his spare but powerful style. A poignant look at the disillusionment and angst of the post-World War I generation, the story introduces two of Hemingway's most unforgettable characters: Jake Barnes and Lady Brett Ashley. Follow the flamboyant Brett and the hapless Jake as they journey from the wild nightlife of 1920s Paris to the brutal bullfighting 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.

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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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