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The Sun Also Rises | [Ernest Hemingway]

The Sun Also Rises

The Sun Also Rises is one of Ernest Hemingway's masterpieces and a classic example of his spare but powerful style. A poignant look at the disillusionment and angst of the post-World War I generation, the story introduces two of Hemingway's most unforgettable characters: Jake Barnes and Lady Brett Ashley. Follow the flamboyant Brett and the hapless Jake as they journey from the wild nightlife of the 1920s Paris to the brutal bullfighting rings of Spain with a motley group of expatriates.
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Publisher's Summary

The Sun Also Rises is one of Ernest Hemingway's masterpieces and a classic example of his spare but powerful style. A poignant look at the disillusionment and angst of the post-World War I generation, the story introduces two of Hemingway's most unforgettable characters: Jake Barnes and Lady Brett Ashley.

Follow the flamboyant Brett and the hapless Jake as they journey from the wild nightlife of 1920s Paris to the brutal bullfighting rings of Spain with a motley group of expatriates. It is an age of moral bankruptcy, spiritual dissolution, unrealized love, and vanishing illusions. First published in 1926, The Sun Also Rises helped to establish Hemingway as one of the greatest writers of the 20th century.

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©1926 Charles Scribner's Sons. Copyright renewed ©1954 Ernest Hemingway. All rights reserved, including the right of reproduction in whole or in part in any form; (P)2006 Simon and Schuster, Inc. All rights reserved. AUDIOWORKS is an imprint of Simon and Schuster Audio Division, Simon and Schuster, Inc.

What the Critics Say

  • Audie Award Finalist, Classic, 2007

"An absorbing, beautifully and tenderly absurd, heart-breaking narrative....It is a truly gripping story, told in lean, hard athletic prose...magnificent." (The New York Times)

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    Garrett Castaic, CA, United States 02-03-10
    Garrett Castaic, CA, United States 02-03-10 Member Since 2015
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    "The best... from the best."

    What can I say about this novel that hasn't already been said by those with more critical minds and more eloquent praise. Sparsely told with characters and locales who come to life in ways most writers wish they were capable. Captures a time and a sense of being long before I existed, but never seems out dated or obsolete. From France to Spain, from the long days at the cafes to the running of the bulls, this tells the tale of post WWI with exquisite detail. That said (and I do not offer this as criticism, simply fact) -- if you are looking for a "quick paced page-turner" this may not be for you. This is meant to be taken in slowly, savoring each word.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Ranch Girl 11-14-13
    Ranch Girl 11-14-13 Member Since 2001
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    "Not my cup of tea, but Hurt's narration is great."
    Would you try another book from Ernest Hemingway and/or William Hurt?

    I probably won't read more Hemingway; I didn't like him way back when I was in high school either. I would be happy to listen to William Hurt narrate anytime!


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    I usually love a character driven plot, but in this case I wish I had cared more about the characters. And I would like more dramatic tension. The story seemed tedious even though it wasn't that long.


    Any additional comments?

    I enjoyed the descriptions of Paris and Spain, but got so tired of the characters. I also could not believe how much booze they drank every day - wow! My book group read this after we read "The Paris Wife", which we really enjoyed, but none of us thought Hemingway's book was that great.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Butch SHERWOOD, AR, United States 07-20-12
    Butch SHERWOOD, AR, United States 07-20-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Great performance by William Hurt"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Sun Also Rises to be better than the print version?

    Yes. William Hurt really brought to life the characters


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    While I didn't really have a favorite I liked Cohen the least.


    Have you listened to any of William Hurt’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No. This was my first experience.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Parts of it really made me laugh


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Donna Valdosta, GA, United States 04-16-12
    Donna Valdosta, GA, United States 04-16-12 Member Since 2001
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    "seinfeldian story, but not funny"
    Would you listen to The Sun Also Rises again? Why?

    I've listened to the story twice (have read it maybe a half dozen times over the years), and each time I get a bit more from it. Sometimes it is insight into the era, sometimes the characters, sometimes for its lessons on how to write. As time goes by and my perspective changes, so do the characters.


    What other book might you compare The Sun Also Rises to and why?

    The story is more a collection of character studies--to me--then about any of the particular events related. Hemingway's ability to paint a detailed setting and then overlay the character's dialogue so that the two are utterly separate yet equally interesting makes the work worth the reread. That said, I find most of his work to most remind me of the Seinfeld series: stories about nothing, and everything.


    Which character – as performed by William Hurt – was your favorite?

    Hurt's performance put me off at the start. Too staccato, I thought, and found it annoying. The various characters, though, were clearly defined by either accent or style, and I never once had to wonder who was speaking. Eventually, I accepted the staccato voice of the protagonist not as a shortcoming on Hurt's part, but rather, as the personality of the character.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Just like the antisemitism in the Merchant of Venice, and the racism in TKa Mockingbird, the oft-recurring thread of Jew-hatred in this story is hard to take, and listening to it evokes a stronger reaction than just reading the words on a page.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Julia Glastonbury, CT, United States 03-31-12
    Julia Glastonbury, CT, United States 03-31-12 Member Since 2009
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    "Brilliant! Loved it!!!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Absolutely! We've all read some Hemingway in the past - possibly while we were at school, but listening to one of his earliest books, now that we're older and wiser, brings a whole new dimension. I was inspired to reread this (or should I say listen) after reading The Paris Wife which is about Hemingway and Hadley during the period he wrote The Sun Also Rises. It was wonderful to make the connections between the real life friends and the marvelous characters in the book. I was addicted. I hated unplugging to recharge my iPod. Loved it!!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Sun Also Rises?

    All the scenes in Paris. It's one of my favorite cities and this just made me wish I had been there in the 1920s.


    What does William Hurt bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Mr Hurt did an excellent job. His accents were very respectable but more importantly he has a wonderful cadence to his performance that really captures the pace of the time.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Definitely. I was quite sad as I realized we were nearing the end.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 02-13-12

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    "My first Hemmingway listen"
    Would you listen to The Sun Also Rises again? Why?

    Yes I would listen again, the story was easy to understand if not relatable and since this is my first Hemmingway listen or read, I have no comparision. I was surprised to find his work mundane, but compelling enough to keep listening.


    Would you recommend The Sun Also Rises to your friends? Why or why not?

    Yes, I would recommend this to others as the story was informative about various subjects and lifestyles of a bygone era.


    Which character ??? as performed by William Hurt ??? was your favorite?

    I don't have a favorite, but the Scottish accent Hurt did for Mike was great!


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    This book did not have me on the edge of my seat, so I stopped and started as time allowed.


    Any additional comments?

    I was satisfied to have finally listened to the work of such an acclaimed author as Hemmingway,even if I was a little surprised at how mundane and simplistic his style seemed to me. I supposed nothing can take away from a great story, but if you prefer novels that are a little more wordy and challenging then you might want to pass on this one.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Brent 01-01-12
    Brent 01-01-12 Member Since 2013
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    "My first Hemingway. Won't be my last."
    If you could sum up The Sun Also Rises in three words, what would they be?

    ITs a classic and now going to Pamplona is on my bucket list.


    Any additional comments?

    William Hurt was phenomenal. I can't imagine anyone else reading it better.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    nina Birmingham AL United States 07-28-09
    nina Birmingham AL United States 07-28-09 Member Since 2007

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    "Wonderful listen, great narrator"

    William Hurt was the PERFECT choice for narrating this old but still incredibly well written book. Enjoyed his reading of it very much.

    5 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Leo Evergreen Park, IL, United States 01-24-12
    Leo Evergreen Park, IL, United States 01-24-12
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    What did you love best about The Sun Also Rises?

    A chance to hear a famous author's work


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Bill


    What about William Hurt’s performance did you like?

    ability to handle all of the town names


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    no


    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Chris Laughary 04-29-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Run with the Bulls"

    Visit Europe as it was for boisterous American singles in the 20's. The plot does not get in the way.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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