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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.
I just returned from 10 days in Spain; Madrid, Pamplona and San Sebastián. Hemmingway's description of San Fermines and Pamplona remains true almost 100 years later. Read morePublished 1 day ago by Chantell J. Cornett
A must read because of the talent of Ernest Hemingway. this is engrossing and engaging.Published 7 days ago by Lin D
Loved The Old Man and the Sea and wanted to continue reading Hemingway. This was not a good book to me, but it will not stop me from reading other stories by him.Published 7 days ago by steller
Hemingway knows how to place the reader in the moment. Even if it is just a view of a rainy street with a restaurant in the back, he will pick out details that will get far more... Read morePublished 7 days ago by Evan
The first time I read this book was in 1977, and I've read it probably a dozen times since - although this last time was the first time on kindle. Read morePublished 9 days ago by A.L. Kriz
I thoroughly enjoyed the book and am looking forward to reading more of Hemingway.Published 10 days ago by larry barney