The Sun Also Rises

The Sun Also Rises

by Ernest Hemingway
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The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway

A brilliant profile of the Lost Generation, Hemingway's first bestseller captures life among the expatriates on Paris's Left Bank during the 1920s, the brutality of bullfighting in Spain, and the moral and spiritual dissolution of a generation. Reprint.

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ISBN-13: 9780684174723
Publisher: Scribner
Publication date: 02/01/1982
Series: Hudson River Editions Series
Pages: 256

About the Author

Ernest Hemingway did more to influence 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 him as one of the greatest literary lights of the 20th century. 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.

Date of Birth:

July 21, 1899

Date of Death:

July 2, 1961

Place of Birth:

Oak Park, Illinois

Place of Death:

Ketchum, Idaho

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The Sun Also Rises (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition) 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 336 reviews.
timtimtim More than 1 year ago
What I like most about Hemingway, is his pacing. I'm not one who thinks that how fast one can turn the pages necessarily equates to the quality of the writing. I find for me to really enjoy Hemingway, I have to read some parts even slower than I typically would, so that the writing really soaks in, and leaves a lasting impression. A few passages that come to mind that I happily waded through, was the bus trek through the mountains and when Jake goes into great detail describing bull fighting. Don't feel like you need to burn right through the book (unless, I guess if you're reading it for a paper due tomorrow). Hemingway's writing really shines at a slower reading pace than say, compared to a Dan Brown novel. It's definitely a good read, as long as you are willing to commit to Hemingway's style and pacing. If not, you'll be miserable.
DeDeFlowers More than 1 year ago
I thought The Sun Also Rises was a great book. It was my first Hemingway and I was unsure of how much I would like it. I have heard a lot of things about his books being boring. I think boring is a terrible word people are using. Maybe they mean 'simple'. His writing style is very to the point and very matter of fact. He does not use words he doesn't need to. The story is easy to follow, other than the conversations sometimes can get tricky. I thought it was a beautifully written book that is somewhat easy to relate to. The ending of the book is PERFECT. If you read this for class you may benefit reading it again for leisure.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
During a visit to my school library, the librarian had been discussing the book, “The Sun Also Rises.” The way she described it, it seemed to be something I’d be interested in reading, especially her subtle suggestion that it was about a guy who had some “male issues.” After being introduced to the main character, Jake Barnes, who also makes subtle suggestions, you find that he is impotent, most likely from an injury he sustained during World War I. From what I gathered he and a group of friends are all American Expatriates who tend to Globe Trot. They take many trips and meet up all over the world. One of Jakes closest friends Robert Cohn is the first that he mentions, before the love of his life, Lady Brett Ashley. Robert Cohn is not a war veteran, but a former middle-weight boxing champion at Princeton. Lady Brett Ashley is a very attractive British socialite who met Jake Barnes while treating his war wounds. Although they were quite close and cared about each other, you find that she is unwilling to be with Jake because she cannot have a sexual relationship due to his injury. Instead you are introduced to more of Jake’s war buddies as the story goes along, and find that Lady Brett Ashley is quite a promiscuous woman. She seems to have sex with everyone but Jake Barnes. On a trip to Spain to party and watch bullfights, and Lady Brett Ashley, now married, she finds herself in love with a 19 year old “Star Bullfighter,” who she insists on meeting, and of course has sex with him too. I was actually pretty surprised by this story, since I always thought World War I times had very feminine and innocent women with good morals. I think how loose Lady Brett Ashley is tortures Jake Barnes and adds to his drunkenness makes her a total female version of a womanizer. I ended up feeling really bad for Jake, to see someone you care about being intimate with other men and not you, when you care the most about her. Jake’s problem makes him seem like he has very low self-esteem because he is not a “full man.” At the end of the story, you do know that she cares for Jake, and did imagine how great they could have been together if everything was all right. Overall, I can’t say it was a bad story, but I was disappointed that the book wasn’t as good as the Librarian and back cover summary was. It’s like I was hoping that some miracle would happen and Jake would really get the girl.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Sparse, sharp dialogue, beautiful countryside and a romantic portrayal of loss frame this sad examination of the lives of young post-war yuppies in the 20¿s. A great tourist feel pervades much of this book, which gives readers a brief, but fun visit to France and a more drawn out familiarity with Pamplona, the city famous for the Running of the Bulls or Encierro. A good read when traveling in France or Spain. Hemingway masterfully puts metaphors from the bull fighting and human sexual escapades in the ring, and creates a sympathetic and miserable few characters in a quality novel. It has a Bogie and Becall feel to it, but that was the era Hemingway created. Romantic locales, romance, tragedy. It¿s all in there. I think many of those movies copied his dialogue anyway. The modern reader would enjoy this book due to the fast-paced action and the irony. There is a lot implied and the characters are drunk through most of the book, but this is tame by today¿s standards. All in all a work of art¿in a pre pop art sort of way-- old school.
Stephen-Joseph More than 1 year ago
The Sun Also Rises is Hemingway's Great Gatsby. Fun and quirky characters, various city settings, and a great attention to story development keep the narration of this novel flowing. You become a part of these characters' lives, and delve into their various worlds.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I'm glad to see there were people here who hated this, also. This has got to be one of the most boring things I've ever read. I'm calling it 'dissapointing' instead of 'poor,' because this was a book I was looking forward to, due to the author's reputation. If I was interested in the lives of the vacuuous and self-absorbed, I could just eavesdrop on one of the many conversations I hear here in NYC, on a daily basis.
Book-touched More than 1 year ago
Loaded with symbolism, this book is for readers who like to read between the lines and ferret out the possibilities of meaning. It transports you to the joys of fishing, the camaraderie of friends and teaches you about the history and culture of bullfighting. One of the major themes is how war (WWI) changes the generation who survives it both physically and emotionally while it unearths truths as relevant today as they were then. From time to time I select a classic when I want to ensure a satisfying read. However, it never ceases to amaze and disappoint me that authors so gifted with words cannot use that gift to describe or refer to people of African descent with anything but the most degrading and hateful terms. That is the one drawback for me in this book and all too many classics. I will read other books by Hemingway. Because of these reasons this book has and will be great fodder for book club discussions.
TimmyBede More than 1 year ago
This book was recommended to me by my Father-in-law who is a retired English teacher. Hemingway's dialog can be difficult to follow but if you stick with it, it's worth your while. I look forward to reading more of Hemingway work.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have to agree with my fellow reviewers in saying that this novel genuinely lacked. This is a disappointment. Especially coming from Hemingway. There is little to hold your attention, the character development is null and void, and overall, it's tedious and boring.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Although I enjoyed the ongoing saga of Brett Ashley's love-life, this book was a disappointment to me. Hemingway has never really thrilled my reading taste-buds (even though the only other book of his I've attempted to read is 'The Old Man and the Sea'). 'The Sun Also Rises' is an easy-to-read book with fairly interesting characters and good descriptions, but it seems to have no point. I wouldn't recommend it unless it was the only book within a 50-mile radius and you were really, really bored anyway.
unironicallykyra 19 days ago
good news is i don't think i'll ever have to travel to france OR spain because of how detailed this book gets: 1) as an english major i'd like to think that i have a healthy respect for most of the literary classics and their iconic authors. hemingway's style isn't my favorite, but when he veers from his exhausting detailing, he can get quite philosophical. i enjoyed how he was able to pick apart the feelings of jake barnes and what they meant in the abstract. the two times he actually does it are my favorite parts of this book. 2) let me reiterate again, hemingway goes into extreme detail about the location of his characters. and when i say this, i mean that hemingway tells you the streets they're on, what streets they're going to, what streets they have to pass to get there, what's on the streets they're walking past, etc, etc. and it's all told in a very informative way. he cuts right to the chase with, "[bill] suggests walking to x café and so we set on down y boulevard and cut across the dome to z street. from there we take xyz avenue to ...." and the entirety of this novel is written that way. 3) which brings me to my next point, the scenes described are absolutely incredible. i was mostly serious in my opening line of this review, i never have to go to paris or pamplona because i know exactly what they look like now. hemingway is great at letting you live vicariously through him. 4) also.....the drinking? i now understand why so many people died in their 50s/60s. holy cr*p even in movies about this era people didn't drink this much. how did none of these characters get alcohol poisoning?? is it worth spending a little time to read? depends on the person. if you hated all the reading lists from your high school english classes you might want to stay away from this book.
Anonymous 11 months ago
Although I've read it four times, it's not a favorite. I go back to it because it's short and simple. It's not really a novel but a travel log. Like a series of postcards. It's about an impotent U.S. expatriate who works as a paper editor in Paris but vacations in Spain. He is in love with a wealthy woman, who also loves him., except there's that medical condition. She gets her pleasures elsewhere with the other male characters, including a young bullfighter half her age ( Lady Ashley -first cougar in literature), and an accomplice no one likes because he's a Jew. The Anti-Semitism is ugly and recurring . I was surprised the character's name was Cohn instead of Shylock. I felt sympathetic for him because of the slurs but really he's no more admirable than the orhers. Hemingway was a master of evasion, and our star crossed lovers talk about a lot except what they want. His stories also use this technique. It's better to read those instead.
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The relevance to today of Hemingway’s The Sun Also Rises is explained in Frank Kyle’s The Sun Also Rises and the Post-Narrative Condition. Kyle explains that The Sun Also Rises examines the post-Narrative condition caused by World War I and how the novel points to a new post-Narrative worldview, one that is Universe (rather than god) oriented and is fundamentally an Earth-life centered philosophy. The condition described in The Sun Also Rises is post-Narrative because the Great War invalidated the Christian narrative for the characters affected by the war. As a result, their lives have lost direction, and each character responds in his or her own way to this loss of direction that Grand Narratives provide. Important here is that the characters do not share a universal set of values or rules of behavior because there is no longer a Grand Narrative to give them universality. Their shared universal moral compass was shattered by the war. The condition of the characters is essentially existential with each character serving as his or her own compass when deciding the values and rules he or she will live by. As a result, a state of moral anarchy and even moral nihilism occurs that leads to a good deal of conflict. Since the legitimacy of their values is no longer determined by a universal code embedded in a Grand Narrative but determined by each character’s predilection, there is no universal ethical code that can be appealed to in order to resolve conflicts. The bullfighter Romero represents universal, traditional values grounded in a Grand Narrative. He lies outside the influence of the war. Spain remained neutral throughout World War I. It’s his self-control and integrity that makes other characters praise and admire him. Yet, philosophically he is less interesting and perhaps less relevant as a character because he is unaffected by the post-Narrative condition. As a traditionalist he is neither modern nor postmodern. As admirable as he is, he remains a fossil of premodern thinking. The main character, Jake Barnes, consciously confronts the post-Narrative condition. He establishes a worldview based on a personal set of ethical and aesthetic values. Of course, his moral and aesthetic worldview is not universal but personal and existential. In The Sun Also Rises the post-war generation may be damaged by the war but at least they are no longer some agency’s puppets and pawns, which is how they were used in the war. They act as individuals, sometimes badly, sometimes nobly and with dignity. Kyle says that a new science-based Grand Narrative would not be about mobilizing populations but would simply offer individuals the opportunity to do what only humans can do—experience the world with appreciative understanding—and by doing so realize their unique role in the story of the cosmos. Kyle’s analysis reveals that The Sun Also Rises can be interpreted as a philosophical work that offers a meaningful response to the post-Narrative condition that threatens nihilism, the loss of the values that give purpose, direction, and nobility to human existence. Hemingway’s novel illustrates the effects of a nihilistic worldview, a loss of faith, not only religious faith but faith in reason, progress, human nature, and even in oneself. The novel is very much about overcoming the threat of nihilism mostly by rediscovering, reaffirming, or elevating values that have been taken for granted or disregarded, such as the value of simply being in the world.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Noah I am here
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very interesting reading. Took only a couple of painless weeks to read:.)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The Sun Also Rises by: Ernest Hemingway, is one of the more disappointing novels I have read in my lifetime, going below my expectations I had of a book written by such a renowned author. Going into this story, I had never never read a novel by Hemingway before. However, I had heard high praise of Hemingway, labeling him as one of the greatest American authors of the 20th century. I chose this book because it appeared to be a light and easy read during my vacation at the ocean this summer. I had been to Hemingway's house in Key West when I was younger and I wanted to learn more about this author, who I had heard so much about. If I had known nothing of Hemingway while reading this novel, I would have classed him, in my opinion, as a bad author. The Sun Also Rises is told from the first person perspective of Jake Barnes, the protagonist and narrator of the novel. Jake is a World War One Veteran who is working as a Journalist in Paris. Jake's friends of note are Lady Brett Ashley, who Jake Barnes is in love with, but Lady Brett is unwilling to commit him because of injuries Jake sustained in WWI, inhibiting him to reproduce. Robert Cohn,a rich American Writer living in Paris, is another friend. Robert comes off as one of those people that just spoils the mood of others around him. Most of the story of The Sun Also Rises can be summed up as Jake, Robert, Lady Ashley and friends going to bars, drinking, getting drunk, being insensitive and rude to each other, and recovering from being drunk. Spanish countryside and Bull Fights are sprinkled in. The story seemingly drones on in a fashion of, no matter where the story brings the group (Which is just Paris, a fishing Trip in Spain, and attending a Spanish Fiesta), the characters always end up drinking and talking. The story does very little to grab your attention; nothing attention grabbing happened until the Bull fights, which is near the end of the story. Reading it, I did not care for the characters. There were more friends in the group beside the main three (Jake, Brett, and Robert) but they were so bland I cannot remember anything about them. The Sun Also Rises is not for everyone. Hemingway's style of writing is simple. Many people, including myself, will find the book, to put it bluntly - boring. I do not recommend The Sun Also Rises to any person who has not delved into the classics, other works of Hemingway, or who does not have the patience to read slowly and carefully. As an incoming freshman, I would not recommend The Sun Also Rises to other high schoolers. As High Schoolers, I think we may simply lack the experience in the world to understand the values this book may have to offer to someone more mature. However, it is my opinion that this book simply lacks any qualities that a good book contains. Such as a gripping story, interesting characters with depth and events that move the story along. The Sun Also Rises has almost none of these qualities. Coming from such a renowned author, I find this book to be very disappointing.
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Wakks up to her
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
One of my favorite books by him for sure. Pace can be slow at times but that just adds more to the frustration and anguish he is trying to invoke. The book is written so the story makes you feel, not fancy words. Like many of his other books as well as books from other authors at the time, this story makes you hurt. That is how love is. Many more characters than his other books and there is a lot more going on if you take the time to read between the lines. 
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What is not to like about Hemingway's writing style. He paints pictures with words. Set in the 1920's after WWI, with a story line that includes the culture of bullfighting in Spain.
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