A couple of months ago, our book club decided to read The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway. I was looking forward to it as I’d never gotten a chance and had always wanted to read Hemingway. I have to say that it was not my favorite read…
Maybe more of a man’s read?
The Sun Also Rises was Ernest Hemingway’s first big novel, and immediately established Hemingway as one of the great prose stylists, and one of the preeminent writers of his time. It is also the book that encapsulates the angst of the post-World War I generation, known as the Lost Generation. This poignantly beautiful story of a group of American and English expatriates in Paris on an excursion to Pamplona represents a dramatic step forward for Hemingway’s evolving style. Featuring Left Bank Paris in the 1920s and brutally realistic descriptions of bullfighting in Spain, the story is about the flamboyant Lady Brett Ashley and the hapless Jake Barnes. In an age of moral bankrupcy, spiritual dissolution, unrealized love, and vanishing illustions, this is the Lost Generation.
I’m not in the minority here as my daughter and sister-in-law had the same opinion. I’m not writing off Hemingway completely. I own The Nick Adams Stories which I do plan to read (hopefully this summer).
So…who is up for Hemingway? I bought my copy new and it has only been read by my daughter and I.
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