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The Sun Also Rises

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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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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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patregan7, May 15, 2011 (view all comments by patregan7)
The Sun Also Rises is a novel written by Ernest Hemingway. This novel is considered one of Hemingway’s best works and many argue that it is his best overall book. The Sun Also Rises is a magnificent book that illustrates the stresses and challenges that face ordinary citizens in a post war society. The book is written in first person point of view. The story is told from the protagonist Jake Barnes, a World War 1 veteran who lives in Paris. He befriends Robert Cohn, a Jewish American who has a dream to become a famous writer. Both of these men struggle to find an identity that they can be satisfied with. They struggle with relationships and the fear of living an unfulfilled life. Hemingway does a great job of emphasizing the struggle that war veterans faced by establishing a setting that exposes the main characters to a life of drinking and partying. Ultimately, this book reached it’s goal of creating some sympathy for the lost generation that was forgotten after World War 1. This review will include background information on the book that will be very general statements about the book. Also, there will be a summary of the main ideas of the book and an evaluation of the overall effectiveness of the novel.

The Sun Also Rises takes place in Paris, France. World War 1 is now over and there has been a struggle for citizens to adjust to post war life. Robert Cohn moved from the United States to Paris to pursue his writing career. He has a love interest with Frances Clyne, who is very controlling and self-conscious about her looks. Jake Barnes is a veteran of the war, and he is a journalist working in Paris. He falls for Lady Brett Ashley, who causes a lot of stress for both Jake and Robert as she is a character that exemplifies the stresses of post war life through her indecisiveness and lack of commitment.


Two major themes in this novel are the power of relationships and the struggle to find an identity in a post-war society. In the beginning of the novel, the reader is immediately introduced to Robert Cohn’s desire to find out where his life is going. He says to Jake, “Don’t you ever get the feeling that all your life is going by and you’re not taking advantage of it? Do you realize you’ve lived nearly half the time you have to live already?”(19). Robert’s display of emotion in front of Jake illustrates the idea that people feared they were going to live in the shadows of a recent war. Robert constantly asks Jake to go to South America with him, even though Jake keeps refusing. Robert wants to have a defining moment in his life that will give him some satisfaction. Jake on the other hand has an interesting take on life and the expectations of living it to the fullest. He says, “Nobody ever lives their life all the way up except bull-fighters”(18). Hemingway foreshadows Robert and Jake’s trip to Pamplona later in the novel through this quote, but he also gives the reader a solid understanding of Jake’s attitude toward people. He is very pessimistic about life and the decisions people make in their life. Jake is very reserved and he just goes about his life drinking and doing his job. The opposite nature of Robert and Jake seem to pull the best out of each other and help the reader gauge their struggle to find an identity.

The relationships between Robert and Frances, and Brett and Jake illustrate the trauma that war can cause. Frances Clyne is Robert’s first love interest but she has total control over the relationship and will not let Robert have any freedom. She takes out her aging on Robert as well. Her stress reaches the point where she erupts on Robert one day right in front of Jake. “You know Robert is going to get material for a new book. Aren’t you, Robert? That’s why he’s leaving me. He’s decided I don’t film well”(57). Frances knows that Robert is going to leaver her and she goes on a long rampage about how it is her fault. This passage illustrates the emotional stress that results in fighting. Jake and Brett have a relationship that is on and off because Brett is so indecisive. Ultimately, Brett decides to stay with her fiancée Mike, but the reader knows she desires Jake. She says, “Oh, Jake, we could have had such a damned good time together”(251). Jake responds, “Yes. Isn’t it pretty to think so?”(251). The only real emotion that Jake shows in the novel is his desire to be with Brett. He is crushed when he realizes he can not be with her.


Ernest Hemingway does a masterful job at commenting on the issues that faced a society that was overshadowed by a war. The book can be a slow read at some points, however Hemingway does that to develop a flow that reflected the lives of Jake, Robert, and Brett. They simply lived their lives drinking and partying and always wondering if they would have a moment that could be a defining moment in their lives. Their trip to Pamplona was a disaster in that Robert ends up attacking Jake after breaking down. Their one chance to have that defining moment was taken away by an emotional outburst. The bullfights they witnessed in Pamplona were very symbolic of the rage and anger that went into the fight between Jake and Robert.


The Sun Also Rises is a novel that can be enjoyed by almost any reader that has an interest in the emotional toll that war can cause and the way it affects the behavior of a society. Hemingway’s literary uniqueness make this novel a thrilling read that leaves the reader wanting to know how each character will end up on their journey to create meaning in their lives.
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NickQ, May 4, 2010 (view all comments by NickQ)
Ernest Hemingway’s The Sun Also Rises illuminates the lost generation’s struggle to find meaning and purpose in the postwar world. In his discussion of the characters’ actions, Hemingway exposes significant insights into the detrimental effects of war on society. Although the novel is often monotonous and anticlimactic, it is a true literary classic that offers important comments on war and society in general.

The Sun Also Rises is divided into three parts and is told in first person by Jake Barnes, a World War I veteran and the novel’s protagonist. The novel’s first section delineates the aimless drinking and partying of Jake Barnes, his love interest Lady Brett Ashley, his friend Robert Cohn, and Brett’s many boyfriends in post World War I Paris.

Book two introduces several new characters including Jake’s friend Bill Gorton and Brett’s fiancé Mike Campbell. In this section, Bill and Jake make plans to travel to Spain for a fishing trip and to go to a festival in Pamplona to watch the bull fights. They are joined at the festival by Cohn, Brett, and Mike. Throughout this section, Cohn, Jake and Mike fight for the affection of Brett, who is unable to commit to a single man. This conflict culminates in a fight in which Cohn, a former boxer, punches Jake, Mike and Brett’s latest fling, a bull fighter named Pedro Romero. Cohn then returns to Paris and Brett leaves with Romero, leaving Mike and Jake behind in Pamplona with Bill to keep them company.

In book three the remaining men depart from Pamplona. Jake goes to San Sebastian to relax, but shortly after his arrival receives a telegram from Brett asking him to travel to Madrid. Jake promptly boards a train and arrives in Madrid to find that Brett has left Romero and plans to return to Mike. In addition to its basic plot, the novel expresses many important insights into the consequences of war.

In his portrayal of the lost generation, Hemingway explores the damaging effects of World War I. The novel opens with a quote from Gertrude Stien, stating, “You are a lost generation” (7). This quotation exposes the aimlessness and moral decay experienced by Jake and his compatriots as a result of the Great War. No longer able to rely on their traditional values concerning love and faith, the characters are truly lost, wandering purposelessly through life in search of meaning. For this reason, Jake and his friends seem to drink their lives away, using alcohol to distract them from their directionless existence.

Hemingway also exposes the feelings of emasculation that resulted from the war. Upon returning from war, men were forced to reevaluate what it meant to be a man. Their romanticized ideals of the heroics of war proved delusional, and they were left scared and alone as they fought in the trenches. Jake shows this most prominently as a wound he sustained during the war has literally deprived him of his manhood by rendering him impotent. These feelings of emasculation are further heightened by Brett’s refusal to have a relationship with him, although she loves him, because of his inability to perform sexually. She replies to his request, stating, “I don’t think so. I’d just tromper you with everybody” (62). Brett also repudiates Cohn’s attempts at courtship, continually dominating her male partners and compounding their feelings of insecurity. These consequences of war form the basis of Hemingway’s classic.

Hemingway’s The Sun Also Rises is a literary masterpiece and a timeless commentary on the impacts of World War I on a generation. Although the novel is largely anticlimactic, Hemingway’s innovative writing style and intriguing insights into the postwar world have made it a true classic that should never be overlooked.

Ernest Hemingway’s The Sun Also Rises is a classic that will endure through the ages. Through his spare prose, Hemingway recapitulates the reactions of the lost generation to postwar society, illustrating the devastating effects of the Great War.
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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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