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Fiesta by Ernest Hemingway
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Jan 24, 2009

really liked it
Recommended for: people who want to escape the great boredom of living
Read in January, 1966 , read count: AT LEAST FOUR


The matador is Death. He is inevitable and inescapable. Not cruel, just there -- and he has come for the bull, who will fight for his life and lose. But don't feel sorry for the bull for the bull will die fighting, a chance not given to other bulls -- who will die without dignity.
The people who enjoy watching are not yet aware that there is a matador for each of them. Not cruel. Just there. Inevitable. So what do you do? You get drunk and have a lot of sex and sleep so time will pass.
But what if your manhood has been taken from you and you are deprived of the chance to Be A Man and fight your matador with dignity. No, you have no balls, so you will die with out dignity. You can not even love, for the woman will be disappointed. You can't consummate your love if you had your balls shot off in the war. Only love makes life worth living. So if no woman will love you because fate has emasculated you -- well, you represent a whole "Lost Generation" of men who were emasculated by the war. Terrified. All men realize all men (and women) are good only for slaughter. They have smelled death. They have seen Death at work. They know Death comes for each of us. They have learned love cannot save them.
But don't worry because the Sun also rises. (That's a Heminway pun for those who don't get it -- "rises"? You don't get a rise if your balls have been shot off in the war. A whole generation . . . emasculated by war.

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Ally The brand new group - Bright Young Things - is nominating books to read in January & The Sun Also Rises is among them. Its the perfect place to discuss your favourite books and authors from the early 20th Century, why not take a look...

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Alex aleX good review

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