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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.
It was a very good travelogue of Paris and parts of Spain in the 1920s and the descriptions of bullfighting were quite graphic. However I felt it lacked a good plot.Published 6 days ago by F. V. Meech
Supposedly a classic of American literature, I do not find it exceptional. Mediocre is a good word.Published 6 days ago by Laurence Megson
HEMINGWAY'S STYLE IS OVER RATED AND HIS MOOD IS CYNICAL IN THIS NOVEL. DESPITE THIS, IT IS STILL A GREAT WORK OF PROSE AND FOR THE FRANK STYLE IT IS THE BEST.Published 7 days ago by STING1
Is there a more over rated writer? Probably not. The simplicity of his 'log' style of writing is a sort of genius, I suppose. Read morePublished 8 days ago by Rory C.
How does one rate a classic novel by an author who is considered one of the greatest writers of the 20th century? I decided to answer that question honestly. Read morePublished 9 days ago by Frank del Valle
Hemingway paints such a picture. It's as if I'm there. What a wonderful read.Published 12 days ago by Orion