The Sun Also Rises

The Sun Also Rises

Book - 2006
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Baker & Taylor
A profile of the Lost Generation captures life among the expatriates on Paris' Left Bank during the 1920s, the brutality of bullfighting in Spain, and the moral and spiritual dissolution of a generation.

Baker
& Taylor

An eightieth anniversary edition of the Nobel Prize-winning classic author's first novel follows the dual story of a wounded war correspondent's hopeless pursuit of an unattainable lady and a band of expatriates' 1920s journey from Paris's Left Bank to the bull fights of Spain. Reprint. 125,000 first printing.

Simon and Schuster
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.

Publisher: New York : Scribner, 2006
Edition: Scribner trade pbk. ed
ISBN: 9780743297332
0743297334
Characteristics: 251 p. ; 21 cm

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Meganedelle
Jan 23, 2018

This is by far my favorite work of Hemingway's. If you are going to read anything by Hemingway, or have never read anything by him before and would like to, I would recommend this novel.

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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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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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Jun 28, 2016

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

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