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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 --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
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.
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
A brilliant story about dissolute ex-pat Americans based in post/WW1 Paris who vacation in Pamplona and Burguette, Navarra, Spain.Published 3 months ago by Douglas Macdonald
Hadnt read this book in a long time.. the dialogue is fantastic. I read it in one long sitting. .Constantly voted one of the best novels of all time .Published 7 months ago by b00kll0vr
Read it cover to cover in 2 days. The story doesn't seem that exciting, but it kept me reading for some reason. I would say its because of hemingway's style.Published 8 months ago by Koush
Had to read this for school. After reading it, I can't say that I'm a Hemingway fan so don't rely on this review if you are. Read morePublished 9 months ago by stakenyf
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 morePublished 15 months ago by Sean Molloy
Uh... its Hemingway, what else can i say? Great novel written by the greatest American novelist. I couldn't put it down.Published 17 months ago by Will
My first Hemingway read - love his deadpan humour, simple, direct style of writing, and melodramatic characters. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Danake