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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.
Ernest Hemingway's first novel still reads as a fresh piece of fiction. The undertones of this novel reflect the veterans of the first world war and the PTSD they suffered from. Read morePublished 2 days ago by Anthony Valera
This book broke boundaries in 1926 for it depicted a dissolute and pessimistic menagerie of writers drinking themselves into oblivion. Read morePublished 5 days ago by Murray
Fantastic read, and a great introduction to Hemingway and the "lost generation".Published 6 days ago by David G Brown
This is the first Ernest Hemingway book that I've read. I had high expectations from the Amazon reviews (novel of the century!) and friends had recommended Hemingway to me. Read morePublished 8 days ago by CR
This book has been on high school and college reading lists for so long that it's a mainstay with SparkNotes and probably not read at all by the kids who were assigned it. Read morePublished 8 days ago by Sally S. Hermsdorfer
I know this is supposed to be a classic, but its greatness eluded me. It is filled with unlikeable characters, who have nothing better to do than travel around France and Spain,... Read morePublished 19 days ago by Ralph A.