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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.
Wonderful writing and evocations of the times, the places (Paris, So. Spain) and these unusual characters. Read morePublished 7 days ago by jane
Noteworthy for establishing Hemingway’s prose style and for the Lost Generation settings, but not much happening to keep you engaged. Read morePublished 11 days ago by Gary Gautier
I haven't read Earnest Hemingway for years, since college actually, but i loved this book, some of the dialogue was a bit hard to determine who was speaking, but all things... Read morePublished 11 days ago by foodie4ever
buy it if you like hemingway, otherwhise i wood not recommend itPublished 12 days ago by Martin Stopczynski
The best description of war up close I have ever read. It is one of the books everyone whould read. Read morePublished 12 days ago by F. norris