Sun Also Rises
251 pages Reissue
edition (March 1995)
The Sun Also Rises first appeared in 1926, and yet it's
as fresh and clean and fine as it ever was, maybe finer. Hemingway's famously
plain declarative sentences linger in the mind like poetry: "Brett was
damned good-looking. She wore a slipover jersey sweater and a tweed skirt,
and her hair was brushed back like a boy's. She started all that." His
cast of thirtysomething dissolute expatriates--Brett and her drunken fiancé,
Mike Campbell, the unhappy Princeton Jewish boxer Robert Cohn, the sardonic
novelist Bill Gorton--are as familiar as the "cool crowd" we all once
knew. No wonder this quintessential lost-generation novel has inspired
several generations of imitators, in style as well as lifestyle.
Jake Barnes, Hemingway's narrator with a mysterious war wound that
has left him sexually incapable, is the heart and soul of the book.
Brett, the beautiful, doomed English woman he adores, provides the glamour
of natural chic and sexual unattainability. Alcohol and post-World War
I anomie fuel the plot: weary of drinking and dancing in Paris cafés,
the expatriate gang decamps for the Spanish town of Pamplona for the
"wonderful nightmare" of a week-long fiesta. Brett, with fiancé
and ex-lover Cohn in tow, breaks hearts all around until she falls,
briefly, for the handsome teenage bullfighter Pedro Romero. "My God!
he's a lovely boy," she tells Jake. "And how I would love to see him
get into those clothes. He must use a shoe-horn." Whereupon the party
But what's most shocking about the book is its lean, adjective-free
style. The Sun Also Rises is Hemingway's masterpiece--one of
them, anyway--and no matter how many times you've read it or how you
feel about the manners and morals of the characters, you won't be able
to resist its spell. This is a classic that really does live up to its
reputation. --David Laskin
October 31, 1926
Ernest Hemingway's first novel, "The Sun Also Rises," treats of
certain of those younger Americans concerning whom Gertrude Stein
has remarked: "You are all a lost generation." This is the novel
for which a keen appetite was stimulated by Mr. Hemingway's exciting
volume of short stories. "In Our Time." The clear objectivity and
the sustained intensity of the stories , and their concentration
upon action in the present moment, seemed to point to a failure
to project a novel in terms of the same method, yet a resort to
any other method would have let down the reader's expectations.
It is a relief to find that "The Sun Also Rises" maintains the same
heightened, intimate tangibility as the shorter narratives and does
it in the same kind of weighted, quickening prose. [read
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