Published by Turtleback Books on October 1st 2006
Genres: Adult fiction, Classics, Historical Fiction
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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. It is an age of moral bankruptcy, spiritual dissolution, unrealized love, and vanishing illusions. First published in 1926, The Sun Also Rises helped to establish Hemingway as one of the greatest writers of the twentieth century.
One quote in particular stood out to me, because I disagreed with it so much. Here it is:
“Women made such swell friends. Awfully swell. In the first place, you had to be in love with a woman to have the basis of friendship.”
-Ernest Hemingway, The Sun Also Rises (page 137)
Now, I know Hemingway was a misogynist, but this quote scares me. If this is true- well, most of my friends are guys, and I have a lot of them. Does that mean the friendships aren’t even real? I don’t necessarily believe it in all cases, but perhaps in some. It’s certainly food for thought. I don’t like the thought of all those guys in love with me, though. Rather a scary thought indeed.
This was a very okay book. It probably would be best if you had read a biography first. Other than that, it’s just a random, short mess of a story that changes direction quite often. Will I be reading more by Hemingway? Just A Moveable Feast. I think that will be quite it. Would I recommend this book to others? If they like Hemingway.