|Author/Contributor(s):||Hemingway, Ernest; Gaskill, Nicholas|
The Sun Also Rises tracks the Lost Generation of the 1920s from the nightclubs of Paris to the bullfighting arenas of Spain. The man at its center, world-weary journalist Jake Barnes, is burdened both by a wound acquired in the war and by his utterly hopeless love for the extravagantly decadent Lady Brett Ashley. When Jake, Brett, and their friends leave Paris behind and converge in Pamplona for the annual festival of the running of the bulls, tensions among the various rivals for Brett’s wayward affections build to a devastating climax.
Ernest Hemingway, who was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1954, has exerted a lasting influence on fiction in English. His signature prose style, tersely powerful and concealing more than it reveals, arguably reached its apex in this modernist masterpiece.
“His lean, terse style is one of the monumental achievements of twentieth-century prose . . . Hemingway modeled a way to build sentences and paragraphs that vibrated with emotion . . . In The Sun Also Rises he achieved an imaginative insight into his own illusions and disillusions that goes beyond the surfaces of the Jazz Age to the welter of feelings wrapped up in being lost.” —from the Introduction by Nicholas Gaskill
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