The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway

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To sum it all up, although the plot is a bit common, the themes are definitely useful in lesson and life.
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This new edition of The Sun Also Rises celebrates the art and craft of Hemingway’s quintessential story of the Lost Generation—presented by the Hemingway family with illuminating supplementary material from the Hemingway Collection at the John F. Kennedy Library.

The Sun Also Rises is a classic example of Hemingway’s spare but powerful writing style. A poignant look at the disillusionment and angst of the post-World War I generation, the novel introduces two of Hemingway’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. It is an age of moral bankruptcy, spiritual dissolution, unrealized love, and vanishing illusions. First published in 1926, The Sun Also Rises is “an absorbing, beautifully and tenderly absurd, heartbreaking narrative…a truly gripping story, told in lean, hard, athletic prose” (The New York Times).

This new Hemingway Library Edition celebrates Hemingway’s classic novel with a personal foreword by Patrick Hemingway, the author’s sole surviving son, and a new introduction by Sean Hemingway, grandson of the author. Hemingway considered the extensive rewriting that he did to shape his first novel the most difficult job of his life. Early drafts, deleted passages, and possible titles included in this new edition elucidate how the author achieved his first great literary masterpiece.
 

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Ernest Hemingway did more to change the style of English prose than any other writer of his time. Publication of The Sun Also Rises and A Farewell to Arms immediately established Hemingway as one of the greatest literary lights of the twentieth century. As part of the expatriate community in 1920s Paris, the former journalist and World War I ambulance driver began a career that led to international fame. Hemingway was an aficionado of bullfighting and big-game hunting, and his main protagonists were always men and women of courage and conviction who suffered unseen scars, both physical and emotional. He covered the Spanish Civil War, portraying it in the novel For Whom the Bell Tolls, and he also covered World War II. His classic novella The Old Man and the Sea won the Pulitzer Prize in 1953. Hemingway was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1954. He died in 1961.
 
Published July 25, 2002 by Scribner. 256 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Education & Reference, Romance, History, War, Religion & Spirituality. Fiction
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Reviewed by Robert Lashley on May 07 2006

...it matters. Or at least it, and he, should matter. I will be the first to say that Faulkner mattered more then, matters more now, and will matter more than Hemingway as long as people read books. But if we want to have a full appreciation of our history, he has to matter for something.

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Reviewed by Ben Mezrich on Jul 05 2012

It's a fantastic book — perhaps the most perfectly written novel written in the past century...

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Reviewed by SJfromSJ on Jun 04 2013

I decided to read it for the first time since high school to recall why I loved it so much. I couldn't...I'm starting to think I was maybe on drugs in high school, or my palate has just evolved since then.

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Teen Ink

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Reviewed by 7Steps on Apr 30 2014

While it wasn't a page-turner the first time around, I will definitely give The Sun Also Rises and Hemingway another chance soon.

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Teen Ink

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Reviewed by WorldWriter on Apr 30 2014

To sum it all up, although the plot is a bit common, the themes are definitely useful in lesson and life.

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Teen Ink

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Reviewed by KirstyB on Apr 30 2014

...I did not like the indirectness that Hemingway used, but it was still an excellent read. I enjoyed it because it taught wonderful lessons and took a different approach in the way it was written.

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Reviewed by Jules on Oct 11 2010

Overall, it was well done. Slow paced book, but a good choice for a casual read...I’d prefer some of his other books to this one, but it is still a good book to read.

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Sarah Reads Too Much

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Reviewed by Sarah Reads Too Much on May 25 2013

You feel the emotions of the characters - jealousy, longing, irritation - but it is because of the characters - the writing - and not because Hemingway is telling you that is how they feel. You really get swept away in the narration and the setting.

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Lit and Life

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Reviewed by Lisa on Mar 22 2012

...The Sun Also Rises is indeed poignant...Honestly, I found it to be dry and, frankly, boring at times. But there is so much to think about in the book.

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The Introverted Reader

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Reviewed by Introverted Jen on Sep 27 2013

This book was not for me, but obviously it appeals to someone. It might appeal more to men (Hemingway being one of those very masculine writers) or to urbane people with a cynical mindset, I don't know.

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ANZ LitLovers LitBlog

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Reviewed by Lisa Hill on Nov 18 2009

But alas for many who admire his writing, it’s too easy for copycat efforts to become tiresome reading. Few can achieve the impact that Hemingway did with short, declarative sentences, vivid images and simple prose.

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The Novel World

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on Feb 01 2012

He gave the entire event a grace and elegance I wouldn’t have thought of. Those passages, I really enjoyed reading. The last half of the book was better than the first half, I’ll admit. I did start to feel something for the characters towards the last fourth of the novel.

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Where Pen Meets Paper

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Reviewed by Donovan Richards on May 27 2011

I enjoyed this book and I see why Hemingway is worth reading. If you have yet to read, The Sun Also Rises, I recommend that you put it on your “To Be Read” list.

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Giraffe Days

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on Apr 02 2010

As simplistic as I’ve made this novel sound, there is quite a lot going on in the details, things that make it both interesting and deplorable. The bull fighting, for instance, is both a commemoration and a presentation of a highly controversial topic.

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Reviewed by Scott William Foley on Aug 28 2008

Jack Barnes, our narrator, and Brett Ashely, the lady friend he loves, simply did not illicit any sort of emotional response from me, nor did their story.

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Reviewed by Jess on Mar 31 2010

While Hemingway’s sparse style doesn’t instantly appeal to me, after having read The Sun Also Rises and enjoying it on a narrative level, I am now more inclined to pick up another of his novels.

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