- Paperback: 256 pages
- Publisher: Scribner; 1 edition (Oct. 17 2006)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0743297334
- ISBN-13: 978-0743297332
- Product Dimensions: 13.3 x 1.5 x 20.3 cm
- Shipping Weight: 612 g
- Average Customer Review: 322 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #26,538 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Sun Also Rises Paperback – Oct 17 2006
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"Some of the finest and most restrained writing that this generation has produced."
-- New York World
"An absorbing, beautifully and tenderly absurd, heart-breaking narrative...It is a truly gripping story, told in lean, hard athletic prose...magnificent."
-- The New York Times
About the Author
Ernest Hemingway did more to influence the style of English prose than any other writer of his time. Publication of The Sun Also Rises and A Farewell to Arms immediately established him as one of the greatest literary lights of the 20th century. His classic novella The Old Man and the Sea won the Pulitzer Prize in 1953. Hemingway was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1954. He died in 1961.See all Product description
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Hemingway used the fact of anti-Semitism as a metaphor for the paucity of character in his generation. Anti-Semitism was pervasive. Cohn’s treatment was typical. Anti-Semitism was normal. Hemingway ends the novel with Brett telling Jake “Oh, Jake, we could have had such a damned good time together” and Jake replying “Yes, isn’t it pretty to think so.”. This was a novel about failure. This was a novel in which the characters were not quite good enough.
I find Hemingway's approach is more typical of his macho testosterone obsession with everything. While sexual attraction and fulfillment (and some will say procreation) is the essence of relations between a man and a woman, wiser heads know that real love is found in the deeper relationships between personalities as well as the flesh.
Moreover, I think the so-called "lost generation" thing is overdone, as is the bullfight nonsense. Because a few artists, writers and wannabes gathered at the pumps on the Left Bank does not make them typical of a generation - what was typical in my opinion was the revulsion from the war and its affect on Western civilization. Most people got on with the job of having kids - establishing families - out of the personal wreckage of the war. In short, I felt the story was overblown as a universal of the times.
Finally, a note about the Kindle version which I downloaded. All of Hemingway's novels which I have recently read in Kindle suffer from word breaks and elisions and mis-scanned letters. Of course at the price one can hardly complain or expect word-by-word.
But all-told,an interesting and useful refresher to the world of Hemingway - but there are story lines that I like much better: as examples: "For Whom The Bell Tolls" and "A Farewell to Arms". I thought "The Old Man and the Sea", a novelette on which the Nobel was hung, not as momentous as it was made out to be.
maybe they were looking at spelling and grammar.
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