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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 out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
So even though page after page of this book was boring to the point of tears, I kept reading.
The Sun Also Rises is considered not only one of Ernest Hemingway's best books, but also one of the greatest classics of modern literature.
The story is good, the characters are great, and the writing is, well it's Hemingway, it's awesome.
interesting characters and dialogue. yet not what I was expecting. the running of the bulls and the matador last for a chapter or 2 at most. Read morePublished 5 days ago by Kingpin
I don't care what people say this is NOT a brilliant book-----but it does show a small trickle of promise.
The characters are worthless alcoholics, but they are interesting. Read more
cover was a bit different, but it was a solid hardback with cover and good quality pages. good read too!Published 7 days ago by Brandon Michalski
A stellar example of a great piece of literature. His character driven story is not only colorful , but a great lesson for us slobs on how to write. Read morePublished 9 days ago by John H. Meade
Read this only because it was on someones list of "books that changed my life"???? Well, I never got it. The writing is boring.Published 10 days ago by siggy