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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.
The ones who know better will understand and be embarrassed, the ones who just can't get it will keep on yapping.
This short novel reads fairly quickly; many pages consist of dialogue of short quips, making it difficult to keep clear which characters are speaking.
It has Hemingway's trademark prose, a portrait of the lost generation, and most of all the saddest love story ever written.
Jake Barnes and his "friends" are not very interesting. Very little happens in this novel except drinking copious amounts of alcohol.Published 5 days ago by David R. Barkmeier
Good but a little dated. The story is excllent for new writers who want to see how a master does it.Published 5 days ago by Raymond G. Rand
Such a disappointment! With the Hemingway name, expectations are high. With this early book, he clearly wanted to become a writer (and, of course, eventually became a great... Read morePublished 6 days ago by Carol S. Reinhard
A lot of fill, it is little more than a tour of Paris restaurants.... this guy would not win a darn thing against today's writers. Boring... and almost no plot...Published 6 days ago by fly4ever
My favorite modernist novelist is Virginia Woolf. Reading and re-reading her best known books, Mrs. Read morePublished 7 days ago by not a natural