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Editor’s Note

“An Expat's Ennui...”

A novel of dispassionate decadence, Hemingway’s roman à clef portrays a sense of ennui that is as relevant today as it was in the Roaring Twenties.
Mallory F.
Scribd Editor
The quintessential novel of the Lost Generation, The Sun Also Rises is one of Ernest Hemingway’s masterpieces and a classic example of his 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. First published in 1926, The Sun Also Rises helped establish Hemingway as one of the greatest writers of the twentieth century.

Topics: World War 1, 1920s, Semi-Autobiographical, Lost Generation, American Author, Spain, Expat Life, Bullfighting, War, Love, Sexuality, Male Author, Modernism, Spare, Poignant, and Ennui

Published: Scribner on Jul 25, 2002
ISBN: 9780743237338
List price: $12.99
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The fist 1/3 of the book great. The 2/3 boring. 3/3 part was good. In general not bad but I will not recommend it. Easy to read thought.read more
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This is an easy read that draws you into a circle of tortured friends. I watched the movie only yesterday, and it left me wishing to go back and read the book once again. It is simple, beautiful, and somehow gives you a great deal more than what is actually written on the page. You can read this in one sitting, and days after, you'll wonder why it's sticking with you quite as it is. I'm still not sure on this matter, but it is a quick and fascinating look with the unmistakable style and quickness Hemingway always seems to employ.read more
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I thought this book was just ok. Maybe I'm just not a Hemingway fan, but I really didn't like how there was no real character development - it was more just a bunch of dialogue. There was also a lack of interesting plot. When I first started reading this book I thought to myself "This is going to be great!" But after about the first 100 pages the book didn't really go anywhere. Honestly, I just thought there was so much more that could have been included in this book.I was very disappointed after reading The Sun Also Rises. I've heard such great things about Hemingway's writing. Perhaps this was a bad introduction into the world of Hemingway. I will continue to read some more of his works, and I hope I will not be a dissatisfied as I was with this book.read more
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The fist 1/3 of the book great. The 2/3 boring. 3/3 part was good. In general not bad but I will not recommend it. Easy to read thought.
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This is an easy read that draws you into a circle of tortured friends. I watched the movie only yesterday, and it left me wishing to go back and read the book once again. It is simple, beautiful, and somehow gives you a great deal more than what is actually written on the page. You can read this in one sitting, and days after, you'll wonder why it's sticking with you quite as it is. I'm still not sure on this matter, but it is a quick and fascinating look with the unmistakable style and quickness Hemingway always seems to employ.
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I thought this book was just ok. Maybe I'm just not a Hemingway fan, but I really didn't like how there was no real character development - it was more just a bunch of dialogue. There was also a lack of interesting plot. When I first started reading this book I thought to myself "This is going to be great!" But after about the first 100 pages the book didn't really go anywhere. Honestly, I just thought there was so much more that could have been included in this book.I was very disappointed after reading The Sun Also Rises. I've heard such great things about Hemingway's writing. Perhaps this was a bad introduction into the world of Hemingway. I will continue to read some more of his works, and I hope I will not be a dissatisfied as I was with this book.
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Hemingway's writing is delicate and powerful: like a ballerina punching you in the face.Love how he writes, not a big fan of how he anthropomorphized his war experiences into Lady "Brett" Ashley.But if you like to read for how a book sounds in your head, this one is it. The dialogue is unparalleled (except, perhaps, by Hemingway's other works).
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This book contains the best Hemingway line ever: "the road to hell is paved with unbought stuffed dogs."


That's the highlight; now you can skip it.
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I first read The Old Man And The Sea and after finishing the novel (which took only about two hours), I puzzled over why everyone thought Hemingway was so great. Then I read The Sun Also Rises and puzzled even more. Hemingway insults my intelligence! He has no technique. His grammar is horrid. The dialogues seem stilted and awkward. There is almost no character depth.Alright, I'm done ranting.Maybe this is his worst novel? Maybe I should read For Whom The Bell Tolls? Maybe I'm just sick of Modernist writers?Maybe.The only reason I gave him that extra half-of-a-star is because he did win the Nobel Prize. And he did make me feel like I was in Spain. Just a little.
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