The quintessential novel of the Lost Generation, "The Sun Also Rises" is one of Ernest Hemingway's masterpieces and a classic example of his spare but powerful writing style. A poignant look at the disillusionment and angst of the post-World War I generation, the novel introduces two of Hemingway's most unforgettable characters: Jake Barnes and Lady Brett Ashley. The story follows the flamboyant Brett and the hapless Jake as they journey from the wild nightlife of 1920s Paris to the brutal bullfighting rings of Spain with a motley group of expatriates. It is an age of moral bankruptcy, spiritual dissolution, unrealized love, and vanishing illusions. First published in 1926, "The Sun Also Rises" helped to establish Hemingway as one of the greatest writers of the twentieth century.
"An absorbing, beautifully and tenderly absurd, heart-breaking narrative...It is a truly gripping story, told in lean, hard athletic prose...magnificent."
The Sun Also Rises is one of the very early works of Ernest Hemingway and it reflects Hemingway's passion for bullfighting.
The story line seems a little shallow on the surface. Told from the viewpoint of one of the main characters, Jake Barnes a group of writers in Paris decide to go to Madrid for the running of the bulls and to view the bullfights. An English woman by the name of Brett Ashley whom this group all seem to be pining for tags along. Jake is very much in love with her, but has been rendered sexually disfunctional by a war wound. Her presence causes a certain amount of strife and rivalry within the group. This tension erupts into some mild violence when one of the main characters, Robert Cohen becomes consumed with jealousy.
The average plot however is overpowered by the powerful prose of Hemingway. Even in this early work (This was his first novel) the ean, raw style of his writing was present. His descriptions of trout fishing, the running of the bulls and of the matadors in the arena were brought to life with the hard gritty prose that would win him a Nobel prize thirty years later.
This story is well worth reading if not for the story itself, which is really not bad, but for the enjoyment of the style of Hemingway. One of the twentieth centuries most influential writers.
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