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The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway
The Sun Also Rises

lavafrog, March 1, 2007

Although this book may seem downright unimaginative at first glance, it is truly a work of art when examined in a historical light.

The Sun Also Rises was written after World War One. Before the onset of WWI, Americans were promised that it would be the "war to end all wars," and that its end would bring peace and democracy the world over.

When this promise was not fulfilled, many people began to feel disenchanted with the world; the authors among this group were known as the Lost Generation, to which Hemmingway belonged. He captures this sense of bleak isolation with his writing style--it's terse and as "un-flowery" as you can get. He conveyed the hopelessness of the Lost Generation through the fruitlessness of the relationships in The Sun Also Rises, and uses blunt language and dialogue *on purpose* to do so.

It's a book you read when you want to think--not when you want excitement!
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