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The Sun Also Rises (1926)
by Ernest Hemingway
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A great story about nothing in particular. Makes you feel like you were there. ( )
The Sun also Rises
by Ernest Hemmingway
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My Rating : 4/5
Nice, Nice! A group of young expatriates from America and England travel from Paris to Spain to watch bull racing and bull fighting .. they are all addicted to meaningless enjoyment through constant drinking, traveling, shallow, unrepressed sexual affairs .. their vapid and fatuous lifestyles are exposed, brought to light .. representing a "lost generation" of youngsters after world war 1.
A very grown up story, that gives us everything we need to know about the characters by what they do, without long paragraphs of explication.
I first read this book several decades ago. What appealed to me then still does appeal to me. Hemingway's use of language is so unique, so compelling. Sparse yet rich, obscure yet revelatory, his writing style is like nothing else I've ever read. If other authors had tackled this particular cast of characters, I would likely have hated the characters and the book. But Hemingway makes these losers (my characterization) sympathetic. You care what happens to them even if you would walk the other way if you met them in real life. His descriptions of a dusty road trip, a drunken fiesta, the dressing of a bullfighter, among many many other scenes just come to life. Yet he uses so few words to describe that life. So I somehow find myself enthralled with a book featuring (mostly) unlikeable characters and something like bullfighting which I find personally repellant. Only an author of remarkable talents could make that happen.
The first time I attempted to read a book by Hemingway, I was twelve, and it was The Old Man and the Sea. Of course, it didn’t sit well with me. But fast forward to ten years later, and I’ve finally finished my first Hemingway!
Fiesta: The Sun Also Rises is told through the eyes of Jacob Barnes, a war veteran who didn’t escape completely unscathed from the battlefield. Jake and his friends are a bunch of expatriates who live in Europe now, and want to enjoy their life after viewing the horrors of war. And the best way to do this, they decide, is to travel to Pamplona in Spain, to bear witness to the raucous fiesta of San Fermin. The fiesta brings about relationships that are broken or solidified, and the painful realization that the love of Jake’s life will never love him back. At the risk of revealing a bit too much, the book isn’t a totally ‘feel-good’ read about a friend road trip.
What I liked that Hemingway did differently to his peers writing in the same era was that he didn’t go out of his way to use bombastic language and make things decorated. In a way though, I felt like his writing suffered just a tad, by being a tad too simplistic at times. He also went into in depth descriptions of activities happening throughout the day that felt like they had no significance to the actual plot – he often ends up describing exactly what it is they ate and drank and what they talked about at the dinner table, but this rarely holds any significance to the plot itself unless there’s some form of dialogue.
While I appreciate the new writing style, and enjoy Hemingway for the brilliant author he is, the constant, diary-like droning of Jake’s activities managed to bore me just a tad.
Nonetheless, I enjoyed reading this novel, especially considering that I’ve grown up in a household where the feast of San Fermin is a highly awaited one – my parents watch the televised running of the bulls every morning, every day of the seven-day fiesta. The book does justice to the fiesta, and also gives Jake a very likable quality – while he knows that Brett will never love him, he does nothing to stop her from being with those she wants to love. And that makes all the difference in the kind of character he is.
Final rating: 4/5. Please read this book.
Published in 1926 to explosive acclaim, The Sun Also Rises stands as perhaps the most impressive first novel ever written by an American writer. A roman à clef about a group of American and English expatriates on an excursion from Paris's Left Bank to Pamplona for the July fiesta and its climactic bull fight, a journey from the center of a civilization spiritually bankrupted by the First World War to a vital, God-haunted world in which faith and honor have yet to lose their currency, the novel captured for the generation that would come to be called "Lost" the spirit of its age, and marked Ernest Hemingway as the preeminent writer of his time
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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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 bullfighting rings of Spain with a motley group of expatriates. First published in 1926, The Sun Also Rises helped establish Hemingway as one of the greatest writers of the twentieth century.
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Melvil Decimal System (DDC)813.52Literature English (North America) American fiction 20th Century 1900-1944
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