l picked this book up for a steal at Half-Price Books. I’ve always had a soft spot for the writings of the Lost Generation, so aptly named by Gertrude Stein. And, since it’s the beginning of summer, figured I’d start out with this book. You can check it out here.
Summary: Ernest Hemingway’s The Sun Also Rises centers on the frantic and disillusioned lifestyle of post-WWI. The protagonist, Jake Barnes, is hopelessly in love with Lady Brett Ashley. She loves him back, but is engaged to another man. She also insinuates that Jake’s old war wound renders him impotent, and that’s why they can’t be together. Jake bounces from party to party, eventually taking a vacation to Spain with a group of friends. Brett takes several lovers within Jake’s circle of friends, and he eventually has to rescue her from a bull-fighter.
Likes: I really enjoy Hemingway’s short, concise writing style. It’s very fresh and to the point. I also loved the portrayal of the life of the expatriates of the 1920s.
Dislikes: There were some racial slurs which bothered me. However, the book was written in 1926 and, unfortunately, is a product of its time. There isn’t much of a plot either, which might deter some readers.
TL;DR: This book is a must for any reader of classic fiction. l highly recommend it.