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The Sun Also Rises


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ISBN13: 9780684800714
ISBN10: 0684800713
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1954 Nobel Prize In Literature

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The Sun Also Rises was Ernest Hemingway's first big novel, and immediately established Hemingway as one of the great prose stylists, and one of the preeminent writers of his time. It is also the book that encapsulates the angst of the post-World War I generation, known as the Lost Generation. This poignantly beautiful story of a group of American and English expatriates in Paris on an excursion to Pamplona represents a dramatic step forward for Hemingway's evolving style. Featuring Left Bank Paris in the 1920s and brutally realistic descriptions of bullfighting in Spain, the story is about the flamboyant Lady Brett Ashley and the hapless Jake Barnes. In an age of moral bankruptcy, spiritual dissolution, unrealized love, and vanishing illusions, this is the Lost Generation.


Hemingway's first bestselling novel, the story of a group of Americans and English on a sojourn from Paris to Paloma, evokes in poignant detail, life among the expatriates on Paris's Left Bank during the 1920s and conveys in brutally realistic descriptions the power and danger of bullfighting in Spain.

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Ernest Hemingway ranks as the most famous of twentieth-century American writers; like Mark Twain, Hemingway is one of those rare authors most people know about, whether they have read him or not. The difference is that Twain, with his white suit, ubiquitous cigar, and easy wit, survives in the public imagination as a basically, lovable figure, while the deeply imprinted image of Hemingway as rugged and macho has been much less universally admired, for all his fame. Hemingway has been regarded less as a writer dedicated to his craft than as a man of action who happened to be afflicted with genius. When he won the Nobel Prize in 1954, Time magazine reported the news under Heroes rather than Books and went on to describe the author as "a globe-trotting expert on bullfights, booze, women, wars, big game hunting, deep sea fishing, and courage." Hemingway did in fact address all those subjects in his books, and he acquired his expertise through well-reported acts of participation as well as of observation; by going to all the wars of his time, hunting and fishing for great beasts, marrying four times, occasionally getting into fistfights, drinking too much, and becoming, in the end, a worldwide celebrity recognizable for his signature beard and challenging physical pursuits.

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Katherine Adams, September 28, 2008 (view all comments by Katherine Adams)
I bought this novel for two reasons. First, to exercise my right to read during Banned Books Week -- and this novel is one of the 20th century's most challenged. Second, to see if Hemingway is still worth reading.

To my surprise, Hemingway's sparse prose painted a vivid picture of the creative types -- and the places they wandered -- through Europe in the 1920s. I can't imagine bringing the locations to life so well without living there.

The characters -- for the most part, an unlikable group, portray people we've all met or known at some point in our lives. It's a credit to Hemingway that a reader can dislike or root for Jake, the war-scarred narrator; Lady Ashley, the woman who uses men and discards them far too easily; or Robert Cohn, a hanger-on stupidly in love with Lady Ashley, who makes it clear he's out of touch with life in general.

To say that "The Sun Also Rises" has no plot misses the greatness of this book -- Hemingway timelessly captures people of all generations considered "lost," and of all places that can still be found.

Hemingway is certainly most worthy of reading today, because he manages to capture and report slices of life we might not ever imagine.
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cannonball08, May 17, 2007 (view all comments by cannonball08)
absolutely, this book has a lot more too it if you analyze it more throroughly, the symbolizism, hemingway's view on society, it is not a throwaway novel.
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lavafrog, March 1, 2007 (view all comments by lavafrog)
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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Product Details

Hemingway, Ernest
New York :
American fiction (fictional works by one author)
Historical fiction
Spain History Alfonso XIII, 1886-1931 Fiction.
Ashley, Brett (Fictitious character)
Ashley, Brett
American fiction (fictional works by one auth
General Fiction
General Fiction
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Publication Date:
March 1995
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8 x 5.25 in 7.77 oz

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