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The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway
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Mar 25, 09

Recommended to Allison by: Nate Pritts
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Read in March, 2009, read count: 1

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, drinking with people they meet in Spain, drama, a little more drinking and drama, and a little bit of bullfighting.
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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...

John Pretty much everything in your review makes this book sounds awesome. Which it is.

Sarah You hit the nail on the head. :)

John Ulrich I'm almost finished with this book and I feel the same way. If somebody wants to read interesting tales about the functioning alcoholic, Bukowski is light years ahead of this book. It took almost 200 pages before anything happened, and even now it's still reads more like a bad diary than an interesting novel.

23skadoo40 I so~ agree. I read this it as my book selection for banned books week last year. What a timewaster. Glad I read A Farewell to Arms first, and then The Old Man and the Sea, otherwise I would have passed on any future Hemmingway's books.

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Yahaira I really like your review. I absolutely agree with the characters being flat. I also never understood the plot (because there was none).

Susie This is the truest review I have ever read

Vaida I read it as an assignment as well, and had pretty much the same opinion. No real action, no emotion, no character development... Flat is the word.

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