mabegglen, November 21, 2014 (view all comments by mabegglen)
Ernest Hemingway is either an author you love or an author you hate. After reading The Sun Also Rises it is hard to see any negatives in this work of Hemingway’s. The themes and ideas that captivate the mind of Hemingway lead to his artistic descriptions of characters. This is one of the first Hemingway novels I have read and I am a fan. His deep thoughts and underlying themes encompass the reader. Open up The Sun Also Rises and buckle up, because it is one fantastic read.
The Sun Also Rises takes place in Europe. The story takes place in the post World War I era. The characters consist of men and one woman. This leads to many controversies as they fight for her love. They live in Paris, but they travel to Pamplona, Spain to witness the running of the bulls. They are well off due to their wealthy families. A man by the name of Jake Barnes is the protagonist. He is the only man of the group that works hard for his money. He works as a journalist. Due to his caring personality, he looks over the group of friends when they engage in activities like drinking, which is a frequent occurrence. The Pamplona fiesta is full of drunkenness, lust and the excitement of the bull fights. The lone female of the group is Lady Brett Ashley. She is a woman of class, strength and indecisiveness. She is constantly in and out of relationships and the men of her friend group experience this in full force. The Sun Also Rises is a book of love, alcohol and friendships. This novel has arguably established Ernest Hemingway as one of the greatest prose writers of all time.
I was captivated by Hemingway’s writing. The excitement of Pamplona during the running of the bulls was enticing and I couldn’t stop reading. I’ll admit the beginning was a little slow, but the descriptive imagery of the first few chapters drew me in and held my attention. There are many sides to take in this book and the conflicting personalities of the characters create an action packed novel. My favorite quote from the novel goes like this, “You are all a lost generation.” This quote comes from a man named Gertrude Stein referenced before the first chapter. This sets up the whole theme of the novel. Every generation is a lost generation and Ernest Hemingway depicts this beautifully. I would definitely recommend this book.
HannahO, November 20, 2014 (view all comments by HannahO)
The Sun Also Rises written by Ernest Hemingway is an empowering story held in post-World War I. This story can appeal to either men or women. It has everything from a tragic love romance to the excitement of bullfighting. The story is told from Jake Barnes point of view. He soon becomes great friends with Robert Cohn, who is struggling to become a writer. The two men are in a constant fight with themselves to find who they truly want to be in life. Later, a lady named Brett is introduced to the story, and holds the fascination of almost every man she encounters, especially Jake and Robert. All of the men’s past relationship have failed, leaving them to chase after an unattainable object, which is Brett. Hemingway did a magnificent job on capitalizing on how much of an impact the war had. The constant drinking and partying help the characters to forget the horrible events that had taken place in the scene of the war and outside of the war as well. As the group heads off to Pamplona, they search for a fulfilling adventure to satisfy an unknown longing. Instead, chaos happens and the two men end up getting into a brawl. The anger-filled bullfights represent the dispute that was held between Jake and Robert. During the time spent in Pamplona, Brett takes on another love, aside from her fiancé Mike, named Romero. All the men on the trip are overcome with heartbreak. It is finally established that Brett cannot stay with one single man for an elongated amount of time. After the exhausting trip with his friends, Brett and Jake come to an agreeable term not to see each other anymore. Jake ventures to San Sebastian for some peace and quiet. Soon after his landing, he receives a telegram from Brett, asking for a meeting in Madrid. Jake jumps at the chance to get back to Brett, only to be heartbroken again. She informs Jake of her decision to leave Romero and go back to Mike. This story is all about trying to find the meaning of life, which should not be something to look for, but yet something that is given to you. This is something that cannot be searched for. So, to get through the hardships of life, all the characters party their lives away. The war had multiple different effects on everyone who was involved, in some cases, some were more extreme than others.
Erin Duffin, May 8, 2012 (view all comments by Erin Duffin)
If you've only read 'The Old Man and the Sea' in high school English class, don't dismiss Hemingway quite yet. Pick up 'The Sun Also Rises.' One of his earliest works, and best, 'The Sun Also Rises' is about a bunch of young, bored people in Paris in the 20s. So what do they do? They go to Spain to watch the bullfights in Pamplona. All you'll ever need to know about bullfighting you can learn from this book. Oh, and there's romantic intrigue as well. Something for the girls, something for the guys. Also something for the modernists as well.
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by Boone H.,
I read this book during my senior year of college to take a break from my business reading requirements. It inspired me to buy a plane ticket to Spain as a graduation present to myself. I went and ran with the bulls in Pamplona and felt like I was living out a story. I will always remember this exciting time in my life that was inspired by great literature.
by Boone H.
The quintessential novel of the Lost Generation, andlt;I andgt;The Sun Also Risesandlt;/Iandgt; is one of Ernest Hemingwayand#8217;s masterpieces and a classic example of his spare but powerful writing style.andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;A poignant look at the disillusionment and angst of the post-World War I generation, the novel introduces two of Hemingwayand#8217;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. First published in 1926, andlt;I andgt;The Sun Also Risesandlt;/Iandgt; helped establish Hemingway as one of the greatest writers of the twentieth century.
Capturing the angst of the post-World War I generation, known as the Lost Generation, this poignantly beautiful story is now released in an 80th anniversary edition.
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