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The Sun Also Rises [Kindle Edition]

Ernest Hemingway
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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 publisher is using these two perennial favorites to launch its new Scribner Paperback Fiction line. This edition of Paradise marks the 75th anniversary of the smash 1920 first novel that skyrocketed Fitzgerald to literary stardom at the ripe old age of 23. Several years later, The Sun (1926), Hemingway's own first novel, performed an identical service for him at age 26. The line will eventually include additional titles by these giants as well as works by Edith Wharton, Langston Hughes, and other greats.
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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1380 KB
  • Print Length: 256 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0743297334
  • Publisher: Scribner; Reprint edition (July 25 2002)
  • Sold by: Simon & Schuster Canada, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B000FC0V3E
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
By Donald Mitchell #1 HALL OF FAME TOP 50 REVIEWER
Format:Library Binding
Why would anyone want to read a novel about unending drunken revels by emotional cripples who treat each other badly, never-ending love conflicts, getting excited by mayhem at the running of the bulls and during bull fights in Pamplona, and wasted lives? That's the question posed by this book.

The book will not draw too many readers for the subject matter. Why then does the book attract? Part of the appeal has to be the same reason that many people like horror films -- the relief you feel when you realize that your own life does not encounter such dangers can be profound.

Another reason to read this book is to understand the disillusionment of the American expatriates in Europe after World War I. The book is a period piece in this sense. Clearly, Hemingway is Jake and the book is undoubtedly very autobiographical. All first novels have that quality to some degree. Imagining how the author of The Old Man and the Sea started out as Jake was very interesting to me.

To me, however, the primary reason for reading this book is to encounter the remarkable structure that Hemingway built in his plot. He has created several different lenses through which we can explore the role of conflict and separation in our lives. Each lens turns out to be looking at the same object, and it is only by slowly focusing each of the lenses that we are able to see that object more clearly.

The central figure in the book is Brett, Lady Ashley, who enchants almost every man she meets, and who disengages from intimate relations with each one after permanently entangling him emotionally. That leaves a string of wounded suitors in her wake, including Jake. Things get tough when several of them join her and her fiance in Pamplona for the running of the bulls.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Landmark Departure in Writing Stye Sept. 1 2014
By Maurice A. Rhodes TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
What can one say about a story that has become a landmark in the development of the novel? Other reviewers can do this in a more lengthy and detailed fashion, but I had not read this since 1952 when it was a major item on an advanced course in American literature when it was cited for two achievements by Hemingway. The first and most outstanding is style which originates with his job as a journalist with the Toronto Daily Star. That paper's style book was the guide for Hemingway in all his writings - both journalistic and fictional. The second characteristic was the structure of his story where the major element was unstated in narrative, leaving the impact to the imagination as it was sketched by the actions and words of his characters. In the case of The Sun Also Rises, the style is obviously a significant departure from the Victorian sludge that demanded lengthy artistic passages depicting settings and motivations. In this book, Jake's sexual impotence due to a wartime aircraft accident is not only understated but dealt by ellipses. But also with Hemingway, the impact of frustrated passion by Lady Brett and Jake is defined by sexual frustration, not love. A real love would have found ways for them to live together and get around the problem.

I find Hemingway's approach is more typical of his macho testosterone obsession with everything. While sexual attraction and fulfillment (and some will say procreation) is the essence of relations between a man and a woman, wiser heads know that real love is found in the deeper relationships between personalities as well as the flesh.

Moreover, I think the so-called "lost generation" thing is overdone, as is the bullfight nonsense.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Good Story Feb. 18 2007
By Casey
Format:School & Library Binding
"The Sun Also Rises" is a good story and it starts to take off by the end, leaving you with at least a glimpse of emotion. The only problem that I can see in this book is the absolutely abomitable writing. Hemingway is a terrible writer, at least from this book I think so. His writing is choppped up and broken, which translates into a broken storyline, and he has some trouble making his sentences make sense (gramatically and otherwise). I have counted, sometimes five or six, broken bits of... 'something'... that could be pieced into one coherent and eloquent sentence. Although the writing picked up at the end and the story and the characters were fairly interesting, overall this book is a broken piece of writing with interest, at least for me, only as an exploration of Hemingway's style and an interesting story.

Has anyone ever noticed that he is refered to as a prose stylist? What does this mean if not a butcher of language? If you want to be a stylist, be a stylist, but don't call yourself a writer. Sorry about this last paragraph; you may disregard it; i just needed to get a little bit of weight off my chest.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Hemingway All So Rises! Aug. 30 2006
Hemingway's first short form novel, a wonderful story regarding the lives of people living post WW1 (the Lost Generation).

A story about about a man that cannot have what he desires and a woman that can have anything she desires with the exception of what she desires the most.

Jake Barnes and Lady Brett are wonderful characters who are intensely in love with one another but cannot get around the one obstacle that keeps them apart, namely a sexual relationship. Yet Barnes will defend her honour and satisfy her needs in every other way possible and she will consistently call up upon him as a confidente, friend and mentor.

It is a maddening relationship and existence that they live in, day-in, day-out.

Hemingway provides brilliant detail of Spain and France along with a wonderful expose on both trout fishing and bull fighting. To relate these two very opposite sports in a story line such as this further articulates the confusion and degree of complexities that all the characters (and the reader) find themselves in, in this Lost and Lust Generation.
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4.0 out of 5 stars great book
My first book from Hemingway and made me fan indeed. Great book
Published 1 month ago by Hooman
3.0 out of 5 stars A Classic, But Not My Cup of Tea
This is an obvious classic from one of the greatest authors in history but somehow it felt like it dragged, was disjointed and not complete. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Sean Molloy
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic
Uh... its Hemingway, what else can i say? Great novel written by the greatest American novelist. I couldn't put it down.
Published 4 months ago by Will
5.0 out of 5 stars A European Holiday in a Book
My first Hemingway read - love his deadpan humour, simple, direct style of writing, and melodramatic characters. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Dana Keller
4.0 out of 5 stars Hemingway 40 Years Later
This book was a homework assignment in high school 40 long years ago.
The Hemingway prose, the mood of Europe, all worth this return visit.
Published 6 months ago by Donald M. Pack
4.0 out of 5 stars The Sun Also Rises
.Powerfully written...great insight into how we tick! A little slow in places but like all great writers necessary to paint the picture.
Published 19 months ago by john white
1.0 out of 5 stars Really hard to read
Sorry I cant figure out what's so great about this writer. I did enjoy Snows of Kilimanjaro but it was shorter. This book has no story to it. Read more
Published on April 26 2011 by J. Bustard
2.0 out of 5 stars Hmmm...
I read this book right after reading of a couple of other novels, and I have to say I found it a touch bland. Read more
Published on March 30 2009 by Erin
4.0 out of 5 stars THE SUN ALSO RISES
A great existentially themed novel. Very well written (obviously), but not as refined as Hemingway's later works. A very good book. Read more
Published on Dec 13 2007 by Benjamin Anderson
4.0 out of 5 stars A pleasure, I'm sure
The central figure in the book is Brett, Lady Ashley, who enchants almost every man she meets, and who disengages from intimate relations with each one after permanently entangling... Read more
Published on Aug. 26 2007 by Sadie T.
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