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The Sun Also Rises

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ISBN13: 9780743297332
ISBN10: 0743297334
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andlt;Bandgt;Chapter Oneandlt;/Bandgt;andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;Robert Cohn was once middleweight boxing champion of Princeton. Do not think that I am very much impressed by that as a boxing title, but it meant a lot to Cohn. He cared nothing for boxing, in fact he disliked it, but he learned it painfully and thoroughly to counteract the feeling of inferiority and shyness he had felt on being treated as a Jew at Princeton. There was a certain inner comfort in knowing he could knock down anybody who was snooty to him, although, being very shy and a thoroughly nice boy, he never fought except in the gym. He was Spider Kelly's star pupil. Spider Kelly taught all his young gentlemen to box like featherweights, no matter whether they weighed one hundred and five or two hundred and five pounds. But it seemed to fit Cohn. He was really very fast. He was so good that Spider promptly overmatched him and got his nose permanently flattened. This increased Cohn's distaste for boxing, but it gave him a certain satisfaction of some strange sort, and it certainly improved his nose. In his last year at Princeton he read too much and took to wearing spectacles. I never met any one of his class who remembered him. They did not even remember that he was middleweight boxing champion.andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;I mistrust all frank and simple people, especially when their stories hold together, and I always had a suspicion that perhaps Robert Cohn had never been middleweight boxing champion, and that perhaps a horse had stepped on his face, or that maybe his mother had been frightened or seen something, or that he had, maybe, bumped into something as a young child, but I finally had somebody verify the story from Spider Kelly. Spider Kelly not only remembered Cohn. He had often wondered what had become of him.andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;Robert Cohn was a member, through his father, of one of the richest Jewish families in New York, and through his mother of one of the oldest. At the military school where he prepped for Princeton, and played a very good end on the football team, no one had made him race-conscious. No one had ever made him feel he was a Jew, and hence any different from anybody else, until he went to Princeton. He was a nice boy, a friendly boy, and very shy, and it made him bitter. He took it out in boxing, and he came out of Princeton with painful self-consciousness and the flattened nose, and was married by the first girl who was nice to him. He was married five years, had three children, lost most of the fifty thousand dollars his father left him, the balance of the estate having gone to his mother, hardened into a rather unattractive mould under domestic unhappiness with a rich wife; and just when he had made up his mind to leave his wife she left him and went off with a miniature-painter. As he had been thinking for months about leaving his wife and had not done it because it would be too cruel to deprive her of himself, her departure was a very healthful shock.andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;The divorce was arranged and Robert Cohn went out to the Coast. In California he fell among literary people and, as he still had a little of the fifty thousand left, in a short time he was backing a review of the Arts. The review commenced publication in Carmel, California, and finished in Provincetown, Massachusetts. By that time Cohn, who had been regarded purely as an angel, and whose name had appeared on the editorial page merely as a member of the advisory board, had become the sole editor. It was his money and he discovered he liked the authority of editing. He was sorry when the magazine became too expensive and he had to give it up.andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;By that time, though, he had other things to worry about. He had been taken in hand by a lady who hoped to rise with the magazine. She was very forceful, and Cohn never had a chance of not being taken in hand. Also he was sure that he loved her. When this lady saw that the magazine was not going to rise, she became a little disgusted with Cohn and decided that she might as well get what there was to get while there was still something available, so she urged that they go to Europe, where Cohn could write. They came to Europe, where the lady had been educated, and stayed three years. During these three years, the first spent in travel, the last two in Paris, Robert Cohn had two friends, Braddocks and myself. Braddocks was his literary friend. I was his tennis friend.andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;The lady who had him, her name was Frances, found toward the end of the second year that her looks were going, and her attitude toward Robert changed from one of careless possession and exploitation to the absolute determination that he should marry her. During this time Robert's mother had settled an allowance on him, about three hundred dollars a month. During two years and a half I do not believe that Robert Cohn looked at another woman. He was fairly happy, except that, like many people living in Europe, he would rather have been in America, and he had discovered writing. He wrote a novel, and it was not really such a bad novel as the critics later called it, although it was a very poor novel. He read many books, played bridge, played tennis, and boxed at a local gymnasium.andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;I first became aware of his lady's attitude toward him one night after the three of us had dined together. We had dined at l'Avenue's and afterward went to the Cafand#233; de Versailles for coffee. We had several andlt;Iandgt;finesandlt;/Iandgt; after the coffee, and I said I must be going. Cohn had been talking about the two of us going off somewhere on a weekend trip. He wanted to get out of town and get in a good walk. I suggested we fly to Strasbourg and walk up to Saint Odile, or somewhere or other in Alsace. "I know a girl in Strasbourg who can show us the town," I said.andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;Somebody kicked me under the table. I thought it was accidental and went on: "She's been there two years and knows everything there is to know about the town. She's a swell girl."andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;I was kicked again under the table and, looking, saw Frances, Robert's lady, her chin lifting and her face hardening.andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;"Hell," I said, "why go to Strasbourg? We could go up to Bruges, or to the Ardennes."andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;Cohn looked relieved. I was not kicked again. I said good-night and went out. Cohn said he wanted to buy a paper and would walk to the corner with me. "For God's sake," he said, "why did you say that about that girl in Strasbourg for? Didn't you see Frances?"andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;"No, why should I? If I know an American girl that lives in Strasbourg what the hell is it to Frances?"andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;"It doesn't make any difference. Any girl. I couldn't go, that would be all."andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;"Don't be silly."andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;"You don't know Frances. Any girl at all. Didn't you see the way she looked?"andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;"Oh, well," I said, "let's go to Senlis."andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;"Don't get sore."andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;"I'm not sore. Senlis is a good place and we can stay at the Grand Cerf and take a hike in the woods and come home."andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;"Good, that will be fine."andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;"Well, I'll see you to-morrow at the courts," I said.andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;"Good-night, Jake," he said, and started back to the cafand#233;.andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;"You forgot to get your paper," I said.andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;"That's so." He walked with me up to the kiosque at the corner. "You are not sore, are you, Jake?" He turned with the paper in his hand.andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;"No, why should I be?"andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;"See you at tennis," he said. I watched him walk back to the cafand#233; holding his paper. I rather liked him and evidently she led him quite a life.andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;Copyright andamp;copy; 1926 by Charles Scribner's Sonsandlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;Copyright renewed andamp;copy; 1954 by Ernest Hemingway

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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.
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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.
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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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Product Details

ISBN:
9780743297332
Author:
Hemingway, Ernest
Publisher:
Scribner Book Company
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Classics
Subject:
Americans
Subject:
Ashley, Brett (Fictitious character)
Subject:
Americans -- France.
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Subject:
The select, bullfighting, Spain, WWI, journalist, Lady Brett Ashley, Jala Barnes, battle fatigue, lost generation, Spanish civil war, classic American novel, unrequited love, impotence, drinking, Europe, expat
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Paperback
Publication Date:
October 2006
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
EMM
Pages:
256
Dimensions:
8 x 5.25 in

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"Synopsis" by , 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.
"Synopsis" by , 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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