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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.
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 1 month 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 3 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 4 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 10 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 12 months ago by Will
My first Hemingway read - love his deadpan humour, simple, direct style of writing, and melodramatic characters. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Danake
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.