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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.
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 4 days 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 28 days 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 6 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 9 months ago by Will
My first Hemingway read - love his deadpan humour, simple, direct style of writing, and melodramatic characters. Read morePublished 9 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.
.Powerfully written...great insight into how we tick! A little slow in places but like all great writers necessary to paint the picture.Published 23 months ago by john white
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 morePublished on April 26 2011 by J. Bustard