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The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway
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Nov 02, 2010

it was amazing

The “Sun Also Rises” was Hemmingway’s first full-length novel and was a milestone in him establishing himself as a voice of the “lost generation”. The novel deals with a group of ex patriots drinking and socializing in Paris and then traveling to Spain for the annual running of the bulls. At the center of the story is the American ex patriot Jake Barnes unrequited love for the boisterous and gorgeous Lady Bret Ashley. Do to an injury in the war Barne’s has become impotent and is unable to fulfill Ashley sexually causing him a great deal of frustration and detachment from the rest of the characters in the novel.
As always Hemmingway’s sparse, masculine style is on display. The story is told through the first person narrative of Barne’s and gives the reader an intimate relationship with the character. Form the perspective of a writer Hemmingway is a prime example of how to form a distinctive style and not over do your work with words. His goal was to write one “true” sentence that was not overdone with sentiment and really isn’t that what were all striving for?

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