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The Sun Also Rises [Paperback]

Ernest Hemingway
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Oct. 17 2006
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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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 out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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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.
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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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 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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5.0 out of 5 stars Not To Be Missed! - Experience It For Yourself! May 26 2005
The Sun Also Rises takes place after the cease of the First World War, where numerous survivors, combatants and non-combatants alike, battle their own demons each day to search for a meaning to their lives that has been shattered by the global conflict. The novel, being borne out of Hemingway's own personal experience, focuses on a group of expatriate individuals living in luxury and elegance in the city of Paris, where the first half of the novel takes place. Paris was a popular place for literary figures during the time, and as mentioned, several of the key characters in this novel are writers that are yet to be granted with global fame. The characters in this novel searches for their lost ideals, living in alcoholism and grandeur that the city of Paris has to offer, and while the Hemingway portrays his characters to do so, he uses the bullfight as a symbol of that moral struggle. The ability to confront your fears, to stand in the way of danger and NOT BREAK, is in direct contrast with the way he paints the lifestyles of his characters. Hemingway uses the perspective of Jake Barnes, the main protagonist, to present the action as it takes place first in the city of Paris, then in some quiet countryside where the novel takes a more "tranquil" turn, then in the city of Pamplona where the fiesta takes place, and lastly in Barcelona, where the novel ends.
Jake, who supports himself as a journalist, is madly in love with a promiscuous woman, Lady Brett Ashley, who is in turn engaged to Michael Campbell, one of Jake's companions during the fiesta. Unfortunately, Jake had been injured during the war that left him sexually incapacitated, which served as his scar that shall forever separate him from the woman he loves.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An amazing and strange book July 18 2004
I loved this book, and thought it a little bit strange. The characters are so completely detached from their lives, and the bullfight and fiesta serve as an antithesis to their monotonous fleeting lifestyles. Some of the characters were so downright strange, and almost fake, that it left me with a kind of empty helpless feeling.
First of all, the female character, Brett, is one of the most fascinating characters I have ever read about. Her mannerisms, and life choices are so interesting. She seems very beautiful, and I can see why everyone is is love with her. The male characters are also interesting, the main character being almost emotionless and accepting of his life, although he is in love with Brett, he is happy to just be her friend. You get the feeling that being hurt in the war has really changed him, and made him apathetic, and happy to live vicariously through the bullfight. The character of Cohn is also really interesting, and dark, although the descriptions of him seem a little anti-semitic in this day and age.
The descriptions of the bullfights, and the fiesta in Spain, are truly magnificent, and make me want to go to Spain and see the bullfights, even though I am a longtime vegetarian and animal lover! The descriptions were just that powerful. The character of the bullfighter is also a classic literary character, strong and attractive.
The prose of Hemingway is different than anything I have ever read, and I like it. He doesn't say much, yet he says a lot. By sticking to the simplicity of a situation, he manages to expose the depth that lies beneath. All in all, I loved this book, and I think it is relavent today, and can be related to anyone who lives their life fleetingly from pleasure to pleasure. A lot of drinking in this book!
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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 25 days 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 4 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 18 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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