The Sun Also Rises

The Sun Also Rises

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"Published in 1926 to explosive acclaim, The Sun Also Rises stands as perhaps the most impressive first novel ever written by an American writer. A roman à clef about a group of American and English expatriates on an excursion from Paris's Left Bank to Pamplona for the July fiesta and its climactic bull fight, a journey from the center of a civilization spiritually bankrupted by the First World War to a vital, God-haunted world in which faith and honor have yet to lose their currency, the novel captured for the generation that would come to be called "Lost" the spirit of its age, and marked Ernest Hemingway as the preeminent writer of his time."--Publisher description.
Publisher: New York : Scribner, [1996]
ISBN: 9780743297332
9780684830513
0743297334
0684830515
Characteristics: 222 p. ; 25 cm

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Olgalevin
Nov 07, 2017

Just finished this book today. I must say, sometimes I wonder why Hemingway didn't just delve into the noir genre. The amount of masculinity in this story and all that is associated with living in 1920's France (and Spain of course) is astounding and everything that shaped Hemingway as a person and his writing style. The author of this book is not everyone's forte of course. In many parts of the book there's a lot more character interaction and less general narating and paragraphs. He is also known for very short sentences as well. But I really did enjoy this story and can't wait to see the movie adaptation that I have saved to my list.

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darcyhudjik
Jun 13, 2017

Although otherwise well-written, I found the characters (and most of the dialogue) to be incredibly shallow and hard to relate to.

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sebwarren
Mar 30, 2016

Eating, drinking, living, this is a classic Hemingway story. His style is clearly not for the majority of "modern people", but if you'd like a picture of 1920s Paris painted on your mind, read this book.

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Kat_V
Mar 04, 2016

I agree fully with the comment by Spitlead. This book was a challenge to get through and left me feeling incredibly annoyed with the author by the end. The only question on anyone's mind that just so happens to NEVER get answered is: what is wrong with Jake Barnes?? Both in terms of his physical injury and whether or not THAT is the reason he never makes it with Brett Ashley, or is it some kind of mental incapability that keeps him in her permanent friendzone? His impotent pining over a woman he will never be with but will do anything for is incredibly pathetic and does nothing to endear the reader to the protagonist at all. What a wimp. Maybe the magic of this novel is lost on my 2016 viewpoint, or maybe I'm just 'not artistic enough' to get the point of this book, but it really seems to have NO point whatsoever. If Hemingway presented a book like this today to be published as a novel, he'd likely be told to just go be a travel writer. That said, it is clear the author was passionate about bullfights, and the only magical part of this novel is when he describes them in detail.

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bradleyhewittk
Jul 19, 2015

Since reading this story, I've been fantasizing about visiting Pamplona for the running of the Bulls. From what I gather it’s a long week of parties, feasts, wine-drinking, dancing, music, and bull fights. Sounds pretty horrible, right?

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1aa
Mar 25, 2015

Surprised that it was so very disappointing... a high school student could have written as good a book for a summer project.

A patron review from the Adult Summer Game: "Have you ever wanted to run with the bulls? Hemingway writes it as the characters live it, in this post WWI era life transformation novel of Jake Barnes."

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jmartinez_91
Jul 09, 2014

Worst book ever. Hard to understand and hard to flow

sharonb122 Nov 23, 2013

Even though the book seemed to be fast-paced, for me, it seemed to drag during most of the book as the characters bantered, drank, drank, drank and ate. Sometimes, I didn't know what was meant, but took that to mean slang/references of the 1920's. I had even forgotten that the term "tight" at one time meant "drunk." I enjoyed the later part about the bull fights as I remembered being a teenager in the 1960's watching the bullfights on channel 26 in Chicago and being quite inamoured with El Cordobes! Lol. I can see that this novel describes a small, interesting, eccentric group of people who were living the "eat, drink and be merry for tomorrow we may die" philosphy of the post WWI world. I kept wondering how they were able to live the high life with little money, but guess that was part of it: who needs money if you are going to die tomorrow?

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alpaca85
Jul 23, 2013

The Sun Also Rises is my third novel by Ernest Hemingway. There is something fascinating about Hemingway, especially if you know even a little about him. He was a rambunctious man, never settling, always moving. His restlessness led to him being cast as the face of the so called “Lost Generation”, a term recognized prominently in this work. He, along with other American expatriates living in Paris, became known for this and it would haunt them for the rest of their careers. Hemingway’s generation, which matured in the 1920s, was often written off as not quite fitting in to their time or place, hence the title “lost generation”.
Hemingway’s novel encapsulates the feeling of being adrift perfectly in this novel. His story is about a bunch of American expatriates in Paris (like Hemingway himself) with the narrator being Jake Barnes, a former amateur bullfighter and newspaperman (again, like Hemingway himself). We start by focusing on Robert Cohn, a former boxer who hangs around Barnes. We learn all about him, with Hemingway painting a rather pathetic portrait of the man. The story is set in motion when Brett Ashley, Barnes’s former lover comes back into his life. Over the course of a trip to a bullfight, the characters develop and grow, and then nothing much else in particular happens.
Don’t get me wrong, I love that about the book. Just as Hemingway’s other works, it’s fairly anti-climactic and doesn’t really go much of a place. It’s a bit hard to describe why Hemingway’s prose is so attractive if you haven’t read any of him. There’s something beautiful about his brusque, short, anonymous sentences. On their own, they mean nothing, but as a whole they coalesce into something extraordinary. There are passages that do nothing to advance the story and feel extraneous, yet if you think back on it it’s these passages that burn the most vividly in the mind.
Hemingway’s portrait of people is no better than here. Every character feels hyper-real. As if every crack, every twitch is exposed. By the end of the novel we feel like we know these people better than they know each other. In between Hemingway’s vivid descriptions of bullfights and fistfights, there’s something that pretty much sums up something unspoken. It’s hard to describe after the fact, but during the experience it burns a hole in the brain, searing like the heat of a million hot stove tops. There is an essential truth here somewhere. Only I’ve lost it, and I suppose the only way to find it again is to read on.

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Americans Brett and her drunken fiancé, Mike Campbell, boxer Robert Cohn, novelist Bill Gorton and narrator Jake Barnes leave the drinking and dancing in Paris for the Spanish town of Pamplona.

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Other: Lots of references to various types of alcohol (beer, absinthe, etc.) and several stages of drunkenness throughout.

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