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The Sun Also Rises (Hemingway Library Edition) by [Hemingway, Ernest]
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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

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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.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1344 KB
  • Print Length: 256 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0099908506
  • Publisher: Scribner; Reprint edition (July 25 2002)
  • Sold by: Simon & Schuster Canada, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B000FC0V3E
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars 377 customer reviews
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Format: Paperback
Very early on in this book, within the first pages, I began to sense that it was written to impress, not to edify, the reader; not to share or even to suggest an outlook on life, but to establish the position of the author in a hierarchy – clearly a male hierarchy. So it’s curious that the author chose as his narrator a neutered male – Jake Barnes suffered an undescribed injury in the Great War that has left him possibly maimed, maybe impotent; his condition is hinted at but never clearly divulged. I enjoyed the book and warmed to it as I read, but I never really got over the feeling that I was being shown, or lectured, in the proper way to be an American alpha male ca. 1925. I have never read Hemingway before, but I have certainly read of him, and I was at first uneasy that this reaction to the book might be due to having read about the author; however, I believe that I’m reacting to the novel and its style and contents, not to Hemingway the man.
But with even limited reading about the life of Hemingway, it is easy to find autobiographical elements to the novel. Hemingway was injured while serving in the ambulance corps in Italy during the Great War; he had an affair with one of the nurses in the hospital where he convalesced; and the scenes in Pamplona are clearly drawn from Hemingway’s visits to the festival in that city while he was holidaying from his job as correspondent in Paris for the Toronto Star. Certain of the facts on display, gleaned from the dialogue, also hint at the connection to real life – the brief remarks about Jake’s attitude to religion (he’s a troubled believer) mirror what is known about Hemingway’s beliefs.
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Format: Library Binding
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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This is not a comment on the quality of Hemingway's writing, but instead about the quality of the Kindle edition: full of typos and the occasional formatting error. "floor" became "Boor", "banderilleros" became "ban derilleros", "flannel" became "Harmel." It seems the typos got worse and worse as the book went on.
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Format: Paperback
This book broke boundaries in 1926 for it depicted a dissolute and pessimistic menagerie of writers drinking themselves into oblivion. The protagonist Jake Barnes is war wounded and lost his manliness, so the girl he loves humiliates him by treating him like a best pal, while she sleeps around various characters that come and go through out the story. The settings of Paris and Pamplona Spain provide a colourful back ground to that social menagerie. The running of the bulls and the bull fights of Pamplona act like an allegory to the sexuality of the menagerie. The metaphor is in the title, the sun sets on this dissolute and pessimistic menagerie therefore it rises elsewhere.

In the early twentieth century moderns went about breaking the moral codes and taboos of that society for the sake of their art. This book is of that stripe. In the early twenty first century that seems mundane and unimaginative. Hemingway is known for his pared down or simple style of writing. He can provoke the imagination to picture the scenes and follow the dialogue with few words. That being said I did get lost while meeting the characters in the first part of the book. It is considered literature and a important book from the twentieth century.
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