Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.
Other Sellers on Amazon
+ $3.99 shipping
+ $4.72 shipping
+ $3.99 shipping
The Sun Also Rises Paperback – October 17, 2006
|New from||Used from|
The Amazon Book Review
Author interviews, book reviews, editors picks, and more. Read it now
Frequently bought together
Customers who bought this item also bought
The Sun Also Rises first appeared in 1926, and yet it's as fresh and clean and fine as it ever was, maybe finer. Hemingway's famously plain declarative sentences linger in the mind like poetry: "Brett was damned good-looking. She wore a slipover jersey sweater and a tweed skirt, and her hair was brushed back like a boy's. She started all that." His cast of thirtysomething dissolute expatriates--Brett and her drunken fiancé, Mike Campbell, the unhappy Princeton Jewish boxer Robert Cohn, the sardonic novelist Bill Gorton--are as familiar as the "cool crowd" we all once knew. No wonder this quintessential lost-generation novel has inspired several generations of imitators, in style as well as lifestyle.
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.
From Library Journal
The publisher is using these two perennial favorites to launch its new Scribner Paperback Fiction line. This edition of Paradise marks the 75th anniversary of the smash 1920 first novel that skyrocketed Fitzgerald to literary stardom at the ripe old age of 23. Several years later, The Sun (1926), Hemingway's own first novel, performed an identical service for him at age 26. The line will eventually include additional titles by these giants as well as works by Edith Wharton, Langston Hughes, and other greats.
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Top customer reviews
There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later.
This edition has included sections that Eh had excised from the book and their greatest worth is that it shows how difficult is was for the author to write an an apparently simple manner. One can never go wrong when experiencing the work of a master. An aside, if you want to get a laugh or a scare about the fate of literary culture read some of the 1 and 2 star reviews. Talk about casting pearls before swines!
It's tempting to look for allegorical meaning in the fishing, fiesta, and bull fighting. But the truth is probably simpler: that was Hemingway's life at the time and he was writing about what he knew. They do add some color to the story, but not much depth.
The characters are the strength of this novel, with each one exhibiting impotence when facing the headwinds of life. Cohn's boxing is his attempt to equip himself to face his struggles, but that turns out to be useless in his pursuit of his desires. Brett lurches from one cataclysm to another. Michael's life is in an irretrievable tailspin. Ironically, Jake, who is literally impotent, is probably best equipped to deal with circumstances, but his aspirations remain out of reach.
The resulting fatalistic tone evokes the Lost Generation of the 20's. Having lived through the world war, they lost interest in building a future, and instead found refuge in hedonistic excesses. Hemingway is successful in conveying that atmosphere. Ultimately though, The Sun Also Rises is most notable for the foundation it lays, serving as the basis for Hemingway's major works that followed.
I read this at the same time as I was reading "The Paris Wife: A Novel," by Paula McLain, a fictionalized account of Ernest Hemingway's marriage to Hadley Richardson. The couple lived in 1920s Jazz Age Paris, and it was during this time that he wrote "The Sun Also Rises," a book that was very much based on their friends and activities during that time. It was fascinating to read the two together and identify each character in "The Sun Also Rises" with the real-life person who was part of the Hemingways' Paris existence.
Most recent customer reviews
I appreciate Hemingway’s spare prose especially after reading Faulkner, Woolf, Joyce, H. James.Read more