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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 will start off by saying I am not a fan of Hemingway. Hence, even though I tried to give this book a chance, I still didn't care for it. Read morePublished 3 days ago by C. Scherba
Of course, everyone loves Hemingway . . . but I don't really get how one man's sexual dysfunction after WWI is all that interestingPublished 4 days ago by coyote
Perhaps one should emphasize that this is not the masterpiece of Hemingway but it has its own merits. Read morePublished 5 days ago by Vazhaspa Spitman
Seriously, this entire story is set around people who refused to talk about the things they talk about, the heat/cold, an absolute ocean of alcohol and 5 people that you hope will... Read morePublished 7 days ago by Kestrel
Mid-way through reading this book, I realized that the characters were terrible. It's not that they were terribly developed, rather, they were genuinely terrible people. Read morePublished 13 days ago by Sean
it had moments, but overall not compelling and a bit of an effort to finish. more of a precursor to lonely planet than a gripping tale. disappointed...Published 18 days ago by glenn