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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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
By Donald Mitchell #1 HALL OF FAME TOP 50 REVIEWER
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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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3.0 out of 5 stars A Classic, But Not My Cup of Tea June 30 2014
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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. May be for some but not one of my favorites.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Classic April 22 2014
By Will
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Uh... its Hemingway, what else can i say? Great novel written by the greatest American novelist. I couldn't put it down.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A European Holiday in a Book April 8 2014
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My first Hemingway read - love his deadpan humour, simple, direct style of writing, and melodramatic characters. Great atmosphere and kind of feels like you're traipsing about Europe with the characters in the book. Be careful that you don't become an alcoholic while reading it though. ;)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Hemingway 40 Years Later Feb. 22 2014
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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.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Sun Also Rises Feb. 23 2013
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.Powerfully written...great insight into how we tick! A little slow in places but like all great writers necessary to paint the picture.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Dreary April 19 2004
Format:Paperback
This book is an account of several characters that are complete losers. The story never picks up, and the account of people getting drunk continually is uninteresting. Hemmingway makes use of a lot of dialogue that is sometimes hard to follow. The one bright spot of the book is the way that the author reveals the culture and landscape of Spain. He wrote in a way that made the Spanish atmosphere very vivid. I enjoyed Hemmingway's book, Old Man and the Sea much more than this book.
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not Bad.... July 19 2004
By M. Neal
Format:Paperback
The Sun Also Rises was my first sampling of Hemingway's novel length works. My verdict? Clearly, this is a first novel, but a very good one. The first half of the book is slow and not exactly compelling, and yet by the second half, it really takes off, and I found myself engrossed.
Basically, The Sun Also Rises is a portrait of the "lost generation", those who were so impacted by the war that their lives have no meaning in the traditional sense. They go about a series of meaningless activities that leave them feeling empty and unfulfilled. This premise is fairly existential and dark, and if that isn't your cup of tea, don't bother with the Sun Also Rises. That said, this novel does a great job of characterizing such members of said generation, and the style of the writing is attractively lucid and crisp, yet rich with symbolism. Despite the shaky start, I would reccomend reading this.
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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.
3.0 out of 5 stars Good Story
"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. Read more
Published on Feb. 18 2007 by Casey
4.0 out of 5 stars Hemingway All So Rises!
Hemingway's first short form novel, a wonderful story regarding the lives of people living post WW1 (the Lost Generation). Read more
Published on Aug. 30 2006 by Dan Richardson
3.0 out of 5 stars Dated? A Literary Artifact?
I was looking forward to reading this. (I have fond memories of Pamploma from 1963.) I had just finished A Moveable Feast and was interested in the spare style of Papa, but this... Read more
Published on Dec 11 2005 by David C Polk
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