Classic: The Sun Also Rises
- Author: E. Hemingway (1899 – 1961)
- Title: The Sun Also Rises
- Published: 1926
- Genre: novel (roman à clef )
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- Trivia: E. Hemingway was awarded Nobel Prize Literature 1954
- Trivia: This book is nr 45 Modern Library 100 Best Novels.
- Trivia: Nobel Prize Reading Challenge
- Hemingway was part of what is called the Lost Generation.
- It was a group of expatriate writers
- ….who found real meaning in nothing.
- They spent their time reveling while living in Europe.
- The title comes from the epigraph.
- Despite the despair this ‘lost generation’ feels….there is hope.
- Ecclesiastes 1:5
- “Also, the sun rises and the sun sets;
- And hastening to its place it rises there again.”
- When published in 1926, The Sun Also Rises
- …caused a bit of a stir
- among the Montparnasse expatriate crowd.
- Many of its characters were based on real people.
- Donald Ogden Stewart (character Bill Gorton )
- Harold Loeb (character Robert Cohn)
- Lady Duff Twysden (character Lady Brett Ashley)
- This book is held together by
- …the buying, mixing, having, spilling and pouring out drinks.
- In O. Laing’s book The Trip to Echo Spring she mentions
- that “Hemingway, who’d been drunk since he was fifteen
- …had put more faith in rum than conversation.” (pg 92)
- Hemingway used alcohol to
- …blot out feelings that are otherwise unbearable.
- ”A bottle of wine was good company” (pg 236)
- Drinking reflects the characters attitude.
- Brett drinks for psychological/physical pleasure.
- The Count is a connoisseur.
- Brett: “Let’s enjoy a little more of this,”
- Brett pushed her glass forward (pg 66)
- Count: The count poured very carefully.
- “There, my dear. Now you enjoy that slowly,
- and then you can get drunk” (pg 66)
- Bullfighting fascinates Hemingway.
- He describes in great detail Pedro Romero’s
- …killing of the bull.
- He faces danger with understanding and dignity
- …undaunted, grace under pressure.
- FEELINGS fascinate Hemingway.
- Everyone in that time had feelings, as they called them,
- just as everyone has “feelings” now.
- Whether Jake leaned in a cab against Georgette or
- leaned in a cab against Brett
- ….Hemingway was searching where his feelings lay!
- Georgette? Brett?
- This book is considered a classic.
- The book didn’t interest me as a whole.
- Others may swear by it and Hemingway
- …but I just like The Old Man and the Sea. 🙂
- Advice: the book should be read
- …so you can form an opinion about it.
- It is on Modern Library’s Best 100 Novels List.
- Perhaps they could have selected a book written
- later in Hemingway’s life….his writing matured.
- I can agree with Hemingway……just once!
- “You´re always drinking my dear.
- Why don´t you just talk?” (pg 65)
- The Lost Generation–living in Paris during the 1920s
- …was lost on me.
- Finished: 11.07.2018
- Genre: novel
- Rating: D
I think I’m done with Hemingway.
I don’t care if he won the Nobel Prize or not!
There are better classics waiting to be read.