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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.
Is a good story, however it doe not have a central theme. The author despicts the post war lack of intention in their lives by Americans. Read morePublished 2 days ago by eduardo
In one thousand years, when all the best sellers of yesterday, today and tomorrow, and all the Pulitzer Prize winners and Nobel Prize winners of those days have been lost in the... Read morePublished 3 days ago by Gunnar
To be honest, I had to read this for school, so my review may be a bit biased. All in all this is a wonderful book, if you can get past the semi-bland writing style. Read morePublished 5 days ago by Lauren Smith
Classic. Useful to read with the iceberg theory in mind- there is a lot going on that isn't explicitly on the page. Read morePublished 8 days ago by Kindle Customer
It's amazing what time does to all of us. Trite, but true. When I was sixteen, Hemingway loomed in my consciousness like an artistic holy grail. Read morePublished 10 days ago by Jason Hillenburg
I haven't attempted to read all one thousand reviews here. But the reviews I've read speak to the novel and Hemingway. Fair enough. Read morePublished 10 days ago by LyleJames
I don't think this book has EVER been reviewed, right? Its still a super book, for those americans who wander about Europe and have the means to do so you can get a taste of what... Read morePublished 11 days ago by John J. Falkenstine