The Sun Also Rises

The Sun Also Rises[Reading] ➷ The Sun Also Rises Author Ernest Hemingway – Bluevapours.co.uk 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 disi 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 The Sun PDF/EPUB ² 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 s 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 , The Sun Also Rises helped to establish Hemingway as one of the greatest writers of the twentieth century.

Ernest Miller Hemingway was an American author and journalist His economical and understated style had a strong influence on th century fiction, while his life of adventure and his public image influenced later generations Hemingway produced most of his work between the mid s and the The Sun PDF/EPUB ² mid s, and won the Nobel Prize in Literature in He published seven novels, six short story collections and two non fiction works Three novels, four collections of short stories and three non fiction works were published posthumously Many of these are considered classics of American literatureHemingway was raised in Oak Park, Illinois, and after high school he reported for a few months for The Kansas City Star, before leaving for the Italian front to enlist with the World War I ambulance drivers In , he was seriously wounded and returned home His wartime experiences formed the basis for his novel A Farewell to Arms In , he married Hadley Richardson, the first of his four wives The couple moved to Paris, where he worked as a foreign correspondent, and fell under the influence of the modernist writers and artists of the s Lost Generation expatriate community The Sun Also Rises, Hemingway s first novel, was published in After his divorce from Hadley Richardson, Hemingway married Pauline Pfeiffer They divorced after he returned from Spanish Civil War where he had acted as a journalist, and after which he wrote For Whom the Bell Tolls Martha Gellhorn became his third wife in They separated when he met Mary Welsh in London during World War II during which he was present at the Normandy Landings and liberation of ParisShortly after the publication of The Old Man and the Sea in , Hemingway went on safari to Africa, where he was almost killed in two plane crashes that left him in pain and ill health for much of the rest of his life Hemingway had permanent residences in Key West, Florida, and Cuba during the s and s, but in he moved from Cuba to Ketchum, Idaho, where he committed suicide in the summer of .

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  1. Grace Tjan says:

    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 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 pretty enough to attract scores of them, that is.6 The best way to work out existential angst is to drink your way through France and Spain.7 The Left Bank sucks Being an expat sucks.8 Spain sucks, except for the bullfighting Bullfights are swell.9 Nobody ever lives their life all the way up except bullfighters Bulls have no balls.10 People who run with the bulls are suckers.Other Random ObservationsNo of times the word swell is used 13No of alcohol units consumed by the protagonist Dunno Too tight to count Hic.Hemingway might have perfectly captured the Lost Generation s times, but he also succeeded in inducing a profound ennui in me, especially during the long stretches in which the characters none who is terribly interesting to begin with do nothing except drink I m a little tight you know Amazing, isn t it Did you see my nose and flirt with each other These passages are tediously repetitive, and the effect is like being trapped in a Left Bank caf with a bunch of casual acquaintances who insist on regaling you with boring anecdotes from their boozy Spain road trip After a while, your eyes start to glaze and your attention wanders you begin to take in the Belle Epogue interior, the cute waiter, the way the afternoon sun casts interesting patterns on the white tablecloth anything that isinteresting than the dull main narrative I just didn t care for any of them, and that Brett woman is a biatch Why is everyone so desperately in love with her They told me that her former husband slept with a gun under his pillow, but who is she really And I wish that everyone would stop whining and being glib for a while so that they can tell meabout that wonderful Basque country But no, they always return to these tedious, unaffecting love triangles.You guys are the Lost Generation indeed

  2. Stephanie *Extremely Stable Genius* says:

    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 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 front of me, tipped his picture of water over my glass until it was full, at that time he stopped pouring A man I did not know walked up to my table and said to the waiter No one in Key West is to stop drinking alcohol while they are conscious, you know the rules Manuel Don t make me repeat myself did you hear me Don t make me repeat myself, it s annoying Manuel rolled his eyes I ll drink to that I said and held up my glass of ice water to the stranger, then put it to my lips and drank It was cold I set it back down on the table I just finished a book where everyone repeated themselves drove me to drink Sorry Mr Hemingway said Manuel she said she wanted ice water, so that s what I gave her A cat ran by, it was fast Meow it said It was orange But you know the rules Manuel, you know the rules Repeated Mr Hemingway I know the rules Mr Hemingway, how could I not You tend to repeat yourself constantly, it must be all the absinthe muttered Manuel What did you say Manuel Asked Mr Hemingway Nothing said Manuel Bring the lady some Champagne right away said Mr Hemingway Manuel walked away towards the kitchen Who are you I asked the man I did not know Hemingway, you wouldn t happen to be related to the writer would you His book The Sun Also Rises was the book I was just referring to I don t remember ever being quite so bored On the bright side, I think it did wonders for my blood pressure I said.Dressed in worn khaki shorts and a Hawaiian shirt with one too many colors, he stood there at my table and squinted at me, sweat rolling down the sides of his face and into his gray beard It was hot He set his drink down on the table, hard, and pulled out a chair and sat down May I sit he asked as he put his dirty bare feet up on the table and tipped the chair back Sure, you re already in the chair Besides I don t think it will be long before you fall on your ass I said, I drank some water, it was cold Language I m Ernest Hemingway the guy who wrote that boring book he put his feet on the ground and the chair dropped down with a bang He put his right hand out to shake mine I stared at it for a while then took it Stephanie Hey, I don t want to come across as insensitive but aren t you dead I asked Really I don t feel dead.at least I don t think I am Said not dead Ernest Damn Absinthe lives up to it s reputation I said and smacked the left side of my head with my left hand My head was hard Manuel Where s that champagne I shouted in panic So Ernest picked up his drink and drank the whole thing in one gulp I am one the greatest American writers, if not the greatest, everybody says so And you he paused and pointed his finger at me using the same hand that still held the glass, the melting ice clinked you didn t like the Sun Also Rises he asked and set his glass down I know, I heard the same thing, that you were one of the greatest American writers, so imagine my surprise when I didn t love it like the rest of the human race In fact, I really didn t like it AT ALL Please don t hurt me Manuel walked back to the table caring the bottle of Champagne and two glasses He sat the glasses in front of us and went about the task of opening the bottle Thank god your back Manuel, I think I m hallucinating I hope champagne helps things normalize I said, the bottle said pop It won t help because you are not hallucinating He said and poured the Champagne, he turned and walked off I picked up the glass and drank It was bubbly and cold What else didn t you like about my book Asked Ernest I m really not comfortable telling you to your face, but, alright I said I found all the characters to be aimless, unlikable, drunkards that didn t have any idea what to with their lives but travel about the world constantly drunk.which doesn t sound all that bad on the surface, but it was so not interesting I said They were so excruciatingly boring that I couldn t even care enough about them to remember who was who I said It felt like it would never end, but when it did end the only thing that I liked about it was the fact that it was finally over No big payoff to make the boring book worth my time I sighed and finished off my Champagne, I poured myself and Ernest another glass Wow Sorry you hated it I suppose you can t please everyone He said I ll buy you dinner to repay you for putting you through that That s not necessary, but I could eat I must bathe first I said Well sure, it is hot after all He said Yes, I must bathe you understand One cannot dine without bathing first, so you will have to wait until I bathe I must bathe I must bathe I must Bathe I said Now you re just making fun of me he said Yup I will make you suffer the way you made me suffer I smiled Great I look forward to it Said not dead Ernest We rose to our feet, Ernest took my arm, we steadied ourselves and stumbled off into the sunset.Also reviewed on shelfinflicted

  3. Matt says:

    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 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 five all time fave books there s nothing better than a literary novel about blowing up a bridge The Old Man and the Sea is a fever dream A Farewell Arms is one of the most exquisitively depressing things I ve ever read Despite my high expectations, The Sun Also Rises does not rise get it to the level of those books Or maybe I m an idiot It s possible This book is supposedly one of his masterpieces if not his magnum opus I thought it was gulp kinda boring Generally, I attempt to avoid using the word boring in a review It s a broad, vague, and diluted descriptor a subjective one off that doesn t tell you anything Its use is better suited for a bitter 10th grader s five paragraph theme, turned in on the last day of school after that tenth grader skimmed twenty pages, read the Cliffs Notes version, and stayed up all night typing with two fingers I try to hold my Goodreads reviews to a slightly higher standard the standard of an 11th grader who is taking summer school classes to get a jump on senior year Really, though, that was my impression boring Of course, I didn t read this while lapping sangria in Madrid, which I ve heard will heighten this novel s overall effect The Sun Also Rises tells the story of Jake Barnes, an ex patriate living in Paris He was wounded in World War I and is now impotent He is in love with Ashley, who is a What did they call sluts in the early 20th Century Because that s sort of what she is, though she has a tender place in her heart for Jake, to whom she keeps returning Jake is a journalist, apparently haunted by the war, and he spends his time drinking in Paris There s also a guy named Robert Cohn, a former boxer, who s also in love with Ashley Bill and Mike also hang around Mike was originally in a relationship with Ashley, before he lost her to Cohn, who in turn loses her to a Spanish bullfighter The plot, as it is, involves a bunch of drinking in Paris Jake drinks a lot, stumbles home, then drinks somebefore falling asleep The drinking and stumbling home reminds me of my own life, which is worth at least one star Jake eventually takes the train to Spain to do some fishing Hemingway describes the scene in excruciating detail and you really get a feel for the place Then the road came over the crest, flattened out, and went into a forest It was a forest of cork oaks, and the sun came through the trees in patches, and there were cattle grazing back in the trees We went through the forest and the road came out and turned along a rise of land, and out ahead of us was a rolling green plain, with dark mountains beyond it These were not like the brown, heat baked mountains we had left behind These were wooded and there were clouds coming down from them The green plain stretched off It was cut by fences and the white of the road showed through the trunks of a double line of trees that crossed the plain towards the north.The book goes on in this manner, for some time It s as though Hemingway has turned into an eloquent Garmin device Step by step The walk to the creek The heat of the sun The taste of the wine It is all very vivid, and beautifully written, but really, it didn t go anywhere It seemed like filler Something to break up the constant drinking while the drinking breaks up the Spanish travelogue The lack of a plot normally wouldn t bother me much, but the book as a whole just wasn t working for me I didn t care for the characters, who are mostly drunken, indolent, well off whiners Also, I was intensely jealous of the characters, who are mostly drunken, indolent, well off whiners In other words, aspirational figures Really, though, I just wantedout of this book Hemingway s other works have burrowed deep into my consciousness, so that I find myself referring back to them time and again The Sun Also Rises did not achieve this feat Eventually, Jake s merry band of drunkards go to Pamplona to watch the bullfights There is drinking Fighting Drinking Bullfighting Drinking Drinking Passing out Drinking I actually got a contact drunk from reading this book I imagine that sex also occurred, somewhere in the midst of the drinking and the bulls and the overflowing testosterone, but Hemingway is discrete There are some good things, here As I mentioned earlier, Hemingway is a master of description His prose is deceptively simple his declarations actually do a great deal to put you there, into the scene, with immediacy The book also features one of Hemingway s most famous quotes Nobody lives life all the way up, except bullfighters For some reason, that line has taken on a kind of profundity, though I have to admit, I almost missed it in context The best part of the book is the last lines, uttered by Jake Barnes Isn t it pretty to think so I ll leave it to you to determine its meaning As for me, I am anxiously awaiting the moment when, after a night of hard drinking, I can use this line on someone who has just uttered an inane comment.Alas, I m still waiting for that moment And that gives me all the excuse I need to keep sidling up to the bar, ordering a whiskey straight with a whiskey back, and chatting up the people around me in the hopes that one of the drunks I meet will also be a Hemingway fan

  4. Tra-Kay says:

    If I were Hemingway s English teacher or anyone s any kind of teacher I d say, This readslike 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 If I were Hemingway s English teacher or anyone s any kind of teacher I d say, This readslike 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 Hemingway liked bullfights a lotthan most of the people reading his books, and that he was vain but also hated himself While the characters are wittily funny from time to time, the whole thing doesn t hold a candle to, I don t know, Seinfeld Without being told, Ah yes, this is about the true character of America you d think it was just a drab romance novel withsubtleties than most.Speaking of, how was this about America It wasabout America s elite Most Americans in 1926 weren t hanging out in France and Spain, moaning about their lives They were hanging out in America, trying to make it You know, without dying Pretentious, with poor descriptions and transparent characters I can give a character a subtle injury too and have it pain him, does that make me amazing , The Sun Also Rises is one of the most overrated books I ve ever read I d rather read a 1926 newspaper

  5. Amanda says:

    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 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 sleep on the floor beside him and his loaded gun and let s clarify that,no, that s not a euphemism, just in case you re a perv Then we have the one man who might make her happy, Jake Barnes Poor, poor Jake, who doesn t have a gun, let alone a loaded one yup, that s a euphemism snicker away I think Brett is one of the most tragic figures in American literature Disillusioned by the war and how it irrevocably changed her life, she tries to fill the void with alcohol and sex and destroys herself in the process However, upon rereading the novel, I realized how eclipsed Jake had been by Brett during my first reading I also realized how I had misinterpreted him during my first reading I thought Jake was as lost as the rest of the Lost Generation, but I now believe that he is the only one who is not lost with the exception of Bill Gorton, whose line The road to hell paved with unbought stuffed dogs may be my favorite in the book If there s anyone with reason to give up on life, it s Jake Does he pine for Brett Yes Does he come to hate Cohn for his affair with Brett Affirmative Does he get over Brett and realize that, even if properly equipped for a sexual relationship, a relationship with her would end as tragically as all of her other conquests Abso damn lutely After all, Brett is Circe, according to Cohn, and anyone lured into her bed will lose their manhood The success of the relationship between Brett and Jake hinges on the fact that Jake literally has nothing to lose in this respect Cross posted at This Insignificant Cinder

  6. Alex says:

    THIS BOOK IS ABOUT A MAN IN SPAIN HE GETS FRIENDZONED.

  7. J.L. Sutton says:

    My feelings haven t changed since my last re read of The Sun Also Rises my earlier review is below I m still amazed at how fully the characters come alive on the page I don t think The Sun Also Rises is for everyone however, nearly from beginning to end, I m engaged in the story Just finished a re read of The Sun Also Rises my favorite Hemingway book last read in 2014 I didn t provide a review at the time so I thought I would try to explain why this book speaks to me First, it is dec My feelings haven t changed since my last re read of The Sun Also Rises my earlier review is below I m still amazed at how fully the characters come alive on the page I don t think The Sun Also Rises is for everyone however, nearly from beginning to end, I m engaged in the story Just finished a re read of The Sun Also Rises my favorite Hemingway book last read in 2014 I didn t provide a review at the time so I thought I would try to explain why this book speaks to me First, it is deceptively easy to fall into with its short sentences and simple language Nothing is forced However, it is the mood Hemingway creates in this novel which really engages me Perhaps that says as much about me as it does about the novel The appeal is not so much about the story it is how the characters move through the scenes with a sense that nothing can touch them while conversely, they can t really touch or be important to anyone else This exemplifies that lack of hope in the so called lost generation, that feeling that nothing you do will make a difference The Sun Also Rises is not a feel good book, but it allows you to re evaluate people as social animals who constantly struggle and fail and maybe once in a while succeed in forging meaningful relationships In some ways, the carefree expat life of the characters seems idyllic however, Hemingway also makes you feel that slipping into this existence even with its charms might make you want to spit at the world The Sun Also Rises captures a historical moment, perhaps not just of the lost generation, but also of future generations uncertain of their place in the world

  8. Brad says:

    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 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 and Bill and Romero on the periphery where the hurricane made by Brett and Jake and Robert destroys spirits or fun or nothing which is decidedly something.And then I am against them all as though they were my sworn enemies or my family No matter what I feel while reading The Sun Also Rises, it is Hemingway s richest novel for me I feel it was written for me And sometimes feel it was written by me I surely wish it was.Hemingway s language, his characterizations, his love for all the people he writes about no matter how unsavory they may be , his love of women and men, his empathy with the pain people feel in life and love, his touch with locale, his integration of sport as metaphor and setting, his getting everything just right with nothing out of place and nothing superfluous, all of this makes The Sun Also Rises his most important novel.It is the Hemingway short story writ large It is the book he should be remembered for but isn t I often wonder why that is, and the conclusion I come to is this The Sun Also Rises is too real, too true, too painful for the average reader to stomach And many who can are predisposed to hate Hemingway.A terrible shame that so many miss something so achingly beautiful

  9. karen says:

    fulfilling book riot s 2018 read harder challenge task 24 An assigned book you hated or never finished the three star rating is from my first go round from my memory of reading it in high school, and seems higher than the truth let s see how karen enjoys this tale of a busted peen, weary expatriates and bullfighting as an adult obviously this was going to be the read harder task i saved for last i can hold a book grudge as well as anyone, and fulfilling book riot s 2018 read harder challenge task 24 An assigned book you hated or never finished the three star rating is from my first go round from my memory of reading it in high school, and seems higher than the truth let s see how karen enjoys this tale of a busted peen, weary expatriates and bullfighting as an adult obviously this was going to be the read harder task i saved for last i can hold a book grudge as well as anyone, and i don t need to be wasting any of my precious reading time on a book that has already displeased me once but i approached the task in good faith of all the books i have ever been assigned in my life, there were only two i could remember disliking this AP english junior year and The Red Pony honors english 8th grade since i have loved every other steinbeck i have read but as far as hemingway goes, i ve only read this and maybe a short story here or there , it seemedmagnanimous to give papa a shot with an older, wiser karen.older, wiser karen didn t love it, either older wiser karen has read The Alexandria Quartet and so has very little patience for any tale of the romantic or platonic entanglements of a buncha boozy and worldweary expats that is not as beautifully written as Justine however, you can play a fun drinking game with this one using the endless repetition of words like swell and chap and tight or a game of millennial outrage bingo for all the occurrences of nigger and faggot and the baked in misogyny and anti semitic flavor although it s possible that it s not anti semitic so much as it is characters disliking one particular jewish character who, it must be said, is pretty irritating smug, clingy, thirsty on that last point, everyone in this whole damn book is thirsty in the non slang sense there is some truly heroic drinking going on in this book one imagines a row of rotting livers wincing at the excessThis is a good place, he said There s a lot of liquor, I agreed why this was is assigned at a high school level is bewildering unless as a cautionary tale to teen drinking assigning books like this is what makes teens think they hate reading there s nothing in this that speaks to a teen audience sure, teens can read it, understand the words, identify the themes, but that s the work part of it without the pleasure there just isn t anything here to relate to, for that age kids full to the brim with sexual sap aren t going to appreciate the incel woes of a man with a war wounded peen resignedly drowning his feels for a vigorous lusty woman obsessive love, yes, but the quiet sputtering disappointment of said obsessive love bitch, please you give those kids what they want you feed their need for drama and trauma you give them Wuthering Heights, you give them The Great Gatsby, you give them everybody s dead and ruined and glamorously broken by the end, not just some dusty guy drifting from place to place watching a woman burn figuratively this book is exhausting it is about exhaustion emotional, moral, physical, romantic, spiritual, intellectual exhaustion the one thing i wasn t when i was 16 was exhausted and while i am exhausted now, as weary and brokendown as many of the grinning through it characters in this book, it didn t leave any particular impression on me this time, either is this a book report yet probably not, but it s what you re getting three stars because why not and also Moby Dick or, The Whale, but i already gave that asshole his second chance.come to my blog

  10. WILLIAM2 says:

    Funny, Brett said How one doesn t mind the blood 4th reading IMHO, this is one of the essential books of life It never fails It possesses for the right reader an enormity of narrative pleasure and it grips from the very first line Some notes.The passage at the Paris nightclub with the gay boys doesn t bother me as it used to Our narrator, Jake, knows he s being unreasonable The queers, with whom Brett arrives at the club, have working penises and choose not to use them on her To a ma Funny, Brett said How one doesn t mind the blood 4th reading IMHO, this is one of the essential books of life It never fails It possesses for the right reader an enormity of narrative pleasure and it grips from the very first line Some notes.The passage at the Paris nightclub with the gay boys doesn t bother me as it used to Our narrator, Jake, knows he s being unreasonable The queers, with whom Brett arrives at the club, have working penises and choose not to use them on her To a man made impotent by war, a young man in love with her, their preference must seem like a kind of madness Moreover, there may be a fear on his part that he s becoming like them That is, indifferent to female sexuality He s not, of course, not emotionally Now we ve left Paris, taking the train to Bayonne Then in an open car up the dusty roads to the plateau on which Pamplona sets From here Jake and Bill go to Burguete to do some fly fishing while Robert Cohn returns to San Sebasti n to await Brett and fianc , Mike The trip on the bus to Burguete through the stark countryside while Jake and Bill drink wine with the Basques dazzles, lifts one s spirits The fishing sequences on the Irati River are beautifully spartan Then after five days the fishermen are back in Pamplona Mike and Brett are about to complete the five some So now we ve got three men together in Pamplona who ve slept with Brett Jake, the narrator, Robert Cohn, who walks around in stunned rapture at the sight of her, and her fianc , Mike Jake is through with her and he knows it But Cohn is like a child, always staring at her, and the newly bankrupt Mike doesn t like it They all go to watch the bulls arrive at the ring Steers are brought in to calm the bulls This usually ends with most of the steers being gored After returning to the caf Mike refers to Cohn as a steer for the mute worshiping manner in which he follows Brett around He rounds on Cohn I d like to include the dialogue on pp 141 144 here, it s so beautifully compressed, but too long to copy out Though it seems to me a key part of the novel in this sense Jake, after a painful meeting with Brett back in Paris, after which he wept, seems for the moment to have let her go But then it occurs to the reader how much pain this appearance of non interest in Brett is causing Jake, even though the subject is never openly alluded to This is an example of Hemingway s use of omission He was a master of cutting things out of not talking about the elephant in the room I ve read and reread this passage and every time it surprises me anew Then the fiesta explodes with two rockets over the main square and the peasants, who until then have been drinking copiously but quietly in the outer town, come rushing into the main square like it s Time Square on New Years Eve in the old days that is, packed, without neat fire lanes Instantly the peasants worship Brett like some kind of Madonna They usher her and the others into a wine shop These are among the most heartwarming moments in the book for our five adventurers are treated like nobility and the author really captures the wonderful manners of the local people The description is spare yet rich in atmospherics The end is a knockout Jake is held in odium because he has allowed the bullfight to be compromised Whereas before, Jake and the hotel owner, Montoya, saw each other as fellow aficionados, now Jake is seen as a disappointment, to say the least, if not a corrupter of the fight There are dozens of plot points I m not touching on here Please read it Note Hemingway was loaded with silly machismo and he could be egomaniacal If you re going to read him you must let go of his reputation Otherwise you ll just sit in judgement and won t be able to enjoy his prose, which is light as air and satisfies on so many levels

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