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The Sun Also Rises

3.82 of 5 stars 3.82  ·  rating details  ·  246,556 ratings  ·  7,734 reviews
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 fo
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Glinting Eyes Alcohol rules the life of characters . It let them forget their moral decadence. Drinking alcohol is a survival strategy of every character. It numbs…moreAlcohol rules the life of characters . It let them forget their moral decadence. Drinking alcohol is a survival strategy of every character. It numbs the feeling of insecurity and anxiety. It let them forget their wounds and let them escape the guilt of not being a moralistic human being.(less)
Elaine Wherry Probably not. The book is about an impotent war veteran who loves a woman he cannot have who is admired by nearly everyone in his circle of friends.

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Probably not. The book is about an impotent war veteran who loves a woman he cannot have who is admired by nearly everyone in his circle of friends.

The book is beautiful for its writing style and for its portrayal of the American and British characters traveling through Spain and France between WWI and the Great Depression. Though the writing style is stark and simple, I don't think the character development and imagery will maintain a twelve year old's interest. If you're open to just an excerpt, I'd turn to the final bullfight at the end of chapter two.(less)
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Grace Tjan
What I learned from this book (in no particular order):

1. Jews are stubborn.

2. Being a Jew in Princeton sucks.

3. Being impotent sucks, especially if you are in love with a beautiful woman.

4. A beautiful woman is built with curves like the hull of a racing boat. Women make swell friends.

5. If you suffer from domestic abuse, the best way to work it out is by going through as many men as possible in the shortest time, and then discard them like wet tissues once you’re done --- if you happen to be
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Stephanie
I was sitting on the patio of a bar in Key West Florida. It was August, it was hot. The bar was on the beach where there was lots of sand and water. In the water I saw dolphins and waves. The dolphins jumped and the waves waved.

My glass was empty. The waiter walked up to my table. “More absinthe miss?” He asked. “No, I better not. *burp*” I put my hand over my glass “I read somewhere that it can cause hallucinations and nightmares. Just some ice water please.” I said. He put and empty glass in f
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Matt
Oh, to have been Ernest Hemingway. Except for the whole shotgun thing.

He was a man, back when that meant something. Whatever that means. He had it all: a haunted past; functional alcoholism; a way with words; a way with women; and one hell of a beard. I mean, this was the guy who could measure F. Scott Fitzgerald's penis without anyone batting an eye. He was just that cool.

I love Hemingway. You might have guessed that, but let's make it clear off the bat. For Whom the Bell Tolls is in my top f
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Tra-Kay
If I were Hemingway's English teacher (or anyone's any kind of teacher) I'd say, "This reads more like a screenplay than a novel. Where are your descriptions, where is the emotion??"
And he would say something like, "The lack of complex descriptions helps focus on the complexities and emptiness of the characters' lives, and the emotion is there, it's only just beneath the surface, struggling to be free!"
And I'd say, "OK, I'll move ya from a C to C+."

Basically The Sun Also Rises shows that Hemingw
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Amanda
This may be my favorite book of all time. At any rate, it's definitely on the top ten list and by far my favorite Hemingway (and I do love some Hemingway). The first time I read this, I loved Lady Brett Ashley. Is she a bitch? Sure, but I don't think she ever intentionally sets out to hurt anyone. And it might be argued that she has reason to be one: her first true love dies in the war from dysentery (not exactly the most noble of deaths) and she's physically threatened by Lord Ashley, forced to ...more
Brad
I've read this book every year since 1991, and it is never the same book. Like so many things in this world, The Sun Also Rises improves with age and attention.

Some readings I find myself in love with Lady Brett Ashley. Then I am firmly in Jake Barnes' camp, feeling his pain and wondering how he stays sane with all that happens around him. Another time I can't help but feel that Robert Cohn is getting a shitty deal and find his behavior not only understandable but restrained. Or I am with Mike a
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colbyhewitt
Jun 12, 2007 colbyhewitt rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone
I think there is something cheesey about reviewing an old book, but I felt I had to write something, as I constructed my senior thesis in college with this book as the cornerstone, I have read it at least six times, and I consider The Sun Also Rises to be the Great American Novel. Why?
1) Hemingway was, if nothing else, a great American. A renaissance man, a soldier, a fisherman, and a sportswriter, a romantic and an argumentatively direct chauvinist, a conflicted religious agnostic who never aba
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Kemper
There’s a very nice restaurant that my wife and I frequent that has become our go-to spot for special occasions like birthdays or anniversaries. When we first started going here, I saw that they were serving absinthe. I’d been curious about the drink since first reading Hemingway’s descriptions of it in The Sun Also Rises back in high school.

Banned for most of the twentieth century in the U.S. for wildly exaggerated claims of it’s hallucinogenic qualities, it was made available to be imported h
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Sparrow
Feb 01, 2011 Sparrow rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people on vacation
Everything is still tonight, like a friend was talking and I didn’t hear her until she stopped. Like absence. Coming back from vacation has that feeling of loss because all of the friendships resolve into something real, whatever that may be. Whenever I am away from home, I crave The Sun Also Rises. I think it got into my blood from reading it again and again at impressionable ages. Since I returned home this time, a couple of weeks ago, I can’t stop thinking about my friends in this book and th ...more
Stephen M
Feb 04, 2012 Stephen M rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Manly men.
Recommended to Stephen M by: The World at Large
Shelves: overrated
She Aches Just like a Woman

I’ll start off with something that I thought was interesting (hint: it borders on being annoying). For the first 75 pages, characters move in and out of this book with such swiftness and with no mention of physical description or notable characteristics, it mimics the effect of being at a really crowded party where you meet face after face, name after name and you have no time to process who is who, why they are significant and if you should even bother to remember the
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Arah-Lynda
While I was reading this I thought time and again about a quote from another book.

This one: Mrs. Poe

“That’s it!” I dropped the magazine.
“What Mamma?” asked Vinnie
“This silly alliteration – it’s clinkering, clattering claptrap.”
Ellen’s face was as straight as a judge’s on court day. “You mean it’s terrible, trifling trash?”
I nodded. “Jumbling, jarring junk.”
Vinnie jumped up, trailing shawls like a mummy trails bandages. “No it’s piggly, wiggly poop!”
“Don’t be rude, Vinnie,” I said.
The girls glanc
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Jason Koivu
The bored, the disenchanted, the wandering wondering and/or nearly thoughtless (except for where their next drink will come from) ex-pat characters, these borderline socialites fighting off ennui, of Hemingway's The Sun Also Rises do very little worth reading about and yet read you do. Blame it on the author's clean writing style or his choice of scenes, choosing to paint with poignant words almost documentary style clips of cultural happenings that still excites even in this television/internet ...more
Allison Harrison
Mar 25, 2009 Allison Harrison rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: no one
Recommended to Allison by: Nate Pritts
I honestly didn't think that this book would be as bad as it was. I was assigned to read this book for class, and the books we've read for class have hitherto been better than this.

This book has virtually no plot, and the characters are very flat. The entire book consists of a group of people, each of them disliking at least one person in their party, driving around Paris drinking. Then they decide to go to Spain and drink. So the rest of the book is about them drinking with each other, drinkin
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Lena Webb
I gave this one star because I wasn't old enough to drink or really enjoy much of anything when I first read it, and I haven't read it again since.

I'm almost certain I'd still hate it though.
Rakhi Dalal
Jake's final condition frequently escapes the contemporary reader, who lacks the historical context for reading the novel. If one misses the ironic and understated references, it may not seem like "such a hell of a sad story" as it did to Hemingway. Unless one understands the moral background of the period, one may find the Latin Quarter life nostalgically romantic and fail to see the reflection of America self-destructing in the twenties. The blithe reader may see Cohn as the cause of all the t ...more
David Lentz
Let me begin by saying that I hold Hemingway in high esteem: so much so that while at the Key West Literary Seminar this year I visited his home for a second time. I have read nearly all of his novels and admire his devotion to writing insofar as he lived humbly in Paris among the Lost Generation to establish himself as a novelist. He paid his existential and literary dues as a novelist and was richly rewarded for his gifts. "The Sun Also Rises" is an early work and, although one can see his pro ...more
Kim

It’s odd how my memory works, or rather, doesn't work. I first read this novel in about 1976. The only thing I remember about that first reading was that I didn’t like the book very much. I assumed that a rereading, albeit many years later, would trigger some memory of what I’d read before. But no, that file had been completely deleted from my memory bank.

A second reading was prompted by my fascination with the life and times of the Lost Generation. This, Hemingway’s first novel, is iconic of t
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Mike Mcfarland
Oct 21, 2007 Mike Mcfarland rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone who loves Spain, France, or drinking heavily.
Shelves: classics
A magnificent and deceptively simple book. If you judged it solely on its plot, you probably wouldn't come away very impressed: a collection of American ex-patriots travel from Paris to Pamplona for the running of the bulls; drink too much and make fools of themselves; then return to Paris a few weeks older and not much wiser. Where Hemingway really succeeds, though, is in capturing brief flashes of life that any reader will recognize.

Again, I'm hardly qualified to propose and defend a thesis on
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AC
OK - I have no business writing reviews or longish reviews about novels - I don't read criticism and know nothing anyway… -- but WTF… of all the books I've re-read from my youth of late -- this one… not only held up best, but I realize I had no frikkin' clue whatsoever what this book was about when I was 16 or 17 and when I read it with my buddy X., the most tragic kid I ever knew… along with a lot of other Hemingway books and all the Scott Fitzgerald we could find -- even the The Crack-Up at 17 ...more
Chloe
Jun 29, 2009 Chloe rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Chloe by: Stacie Sather
Hemingway has never been a close friend of mine. We've had some dalliances, to be sure, but he's never been the sort of author that I call long distance on a rainy night just to be reassured by the sound of their voice. It's not that we don't get along. It is just that our relationship has always been more like that of friends-of-a-friend. We just hadn't had the opportunity to get falling down drunk with one another and confess the trials and tribulations of life to each other. Fortunately The S ...more
Danny
For a long time I was convinced that there were two sorts of people in the world: those who adore Hemingway, gush about his genius and lavish praise upon him at every opportunity, and those who despise him utterly. As it turns out, there is a third category: those who have read him and still remain wholly indifferent. I am that third category.

I found my copy of The Sun Also Rises in a thrift-store for a buck, and I figured, 'meh, what the hell?' It is supposed to be one of the fabled great Amer
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Madeline
Meh. I think I would have liked this book a lot more if something had actually happened. The plot doesn't really flow; it's just a bunch of events strung together that go like this: work a bit at a newspaper agency, waffle around Paris for ages, travel around France, argue, pine for some woman who I thought was a man for several pages because her name is "Brett", go to Spain, go trout fishing, take a nap, go to some bullfights, pine and complain some more, go back to Paris.
In between every sing
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Sue
Not enough "there" there...that's my immediate response on finishing The Sun Also Rises. Perhaps it's unfair, for I am a Faulkner devotee and there really can't be two more dissimilar writers in modern English. I waited for drama, but whatever dramatic moments arose were as understated as E.H.'s descriptions of the Spanish countryside.

The bus climbed steadily up the road. The country
was barren and rocks stuck up through the clay. There
was no grass beside the road. Looking back we could see
the
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Jr Bacdayan
I’m sitting here in my balcony right around sunset with a bowl of peanuts in front of me and a mug of iced tea in my hand and I’m suddenly thinking to myself I could be in Spain right now. But oddly, it doesn’t seem to appeal to me at all. I’m somewhat annoyed by the possibility of another busy week looming just ahead of me. Wait, scratch that, not possibility but certainty. I’m grossly evading any academic assignment I might have had and am feeling more potent knowing that I’m above it all. Rea ...more
Lyn
The Sun Also Rises, Ernest Hemingway’s brilliant 1926 novel about the Lost Generation is a must read for Twentieth Century literature.

I was assigned this as a junior in college, our English professor told us to read it and to be prepared to talk next week. The next class was spent on students describing their thoughts about the novel and what we thought it meant. With a smug smile and somewhat of a condescending air, the instructor stepped form his podium and said something to the effect that re
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Sofía (Софья)
Una novela de imágenes.

Vale la pena leer esta novela para apreciar los siguientes detalles: el texto fragmentado, una critica de la novela psicológica y una técnica innovadora empleada por Hemingway.

El protagonista de una novela del siglo XIX tiene su biografía, su carácter, su mundo interior, sus opiniones y sus relaciones con el mundo que lo rodea, este personaje posee un cierto intelecto que le permite ver la realidad como un único sistema. Él intenta conceptualizar el mundo, penetrar su espí
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Werner
Nov 09, 2012 Werner rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Serious scholars of literature who have to read all the "classics"
In the case of books I've read but disliked, I often indicate that fact with a one-star rating, so people browsing my shelves won't be misled as to my tastes. Some Goodreaders object to the practice of giving single-star ratings without a review to explain why; one likened it to a drive-by shooting. Mindful of their point, I've tried to go back and add reviews in some of these cases; and (to keep the shooting metaphor) this is one where I'm quite glad to come back and pump a few more bullets int ...more
David Sarkies
Apr 21, 2015 David Sarkies rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: People who want a real taste of Hemmingway
Recommended to David by: The Cult Book Club
Shelves: modernist
An autobiographical account of drinking in Paris
29 August 2013

I suspect that Hemmingway is what one would call an acquired taste. He is sort of like vegemite – you start off absolutely hating it but one day you decide to spread it on your toast and suddenly discover that you actually quite like it and you end up not being able to get enough of it (as you can probably tell, I have recently acquired a taste for vegemite):

Vegemite

Anyway, I remember one time that I was sitting around a table with some fri
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Gary  the Bookworm

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I guess I can understand why this was such a sensation in the 1920's. It certainly has a timeless quality and its themes are articulated in a style which seems modern almost a century later. I devoured his descriptions of fishing in the Basque country and the bull fighting fiesta in Paloma. I was less impressed by the endless drinking and bar-hopping in Paris which comprise the first part of the book. (view spoiler)

Since this was written we have witnessed other rudderless gro
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bup
Man those people drank a lot. I got dehydrated just reading about it.

If you like Hemingway because of the way he's able to use short words over and over and they hit you like it's the first time you've ever really heard them, you'll love this book. If you like Hemingway because of manly men doing things where you're like, "I'm a man, or at least I've observed them at close range, and I don't get why the correct man reaction to ________ (insult/woman's inscrutable comment/witness of horrific acti
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Ernest Miller Hemingway was an American author and journalist. His economical and understated style had a strong influence on 20th-century fiction, while his life of adventure and his public image influenced later generations. Hemingway produced most of his work between the mid-1920s and the mid-1950s, and won the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1954. He published seven novels, six short story collec ...more
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