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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.
Author ignores bull fighting is making sport of death. The bull is trained to charge the cape and is wounded and bloody at the shoulder before the not so brave kill. Read morePublished 1 day ago by rjp
Hemingway is always awesome, and this book is as good as we can get from him. Very well written, in a simple way, making the fiction seems like reality.Published 3 days ago by Carlos S.
Just read it while Travelling in
this part of Spain. Need to read a later novel to see if his style improves.
Ah, Hemingway. Such a writer!!! I have passed this book along to friends who were anxious to read it . Good condition and fast shippingPublished 4 days ago by K. A. Swanson
I've only read The Old Man and the Sea, but I'm enjoying this one as well. I'm glad I bought it.Published 5 days ago by S. Carr
Don't know why this is considered great literature. Characters were shallow and not interesting. Just a series of drinking episodes of no redeeming value.Published 6 days ago by Laureen Thomas