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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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    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 2 people found this review helpful
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    Stephen 05-23-13
    Stephen 05-23-13 Member Since 2014
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    "The Sun Also Rises - Read by William Hurt"

    Book: Normally, I do not comment on classics. In this case, I will. The story was interesting and gave a glimpse of the period. However, I felt it was wandering and lacked a strong sense of purpose. I understand the style of writing and the context / detail were the strongest features of the book.

    Reader: I enjoyed Mr. Hurt's take on the novel. He helped me immerse myself into the characters.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    philip bronx, NY, United States 03-23-13
    philip bronx, NY, United States 03-23-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Wouldn't it be pretty to think so ..."
    Would you listen to The Sun Also Rises again? Why?

    Yes, I think so.


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

    I've read this novel several times so i was just looking for a different experience and it paid off. Hemmingway's novel is so spare and yet there are many layers, whicgh reveal themselves as the reader grows older and has learned to live without somethings which sem within reach but cannot be tasted. That final line, "Yes, wouldn't it be pretty to think so." never fails to break my heart.


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

    Of course I am familier with William Hurt as an actor and always liked him quite a bit, but I was very dubious about him as the right guy to read Hemmingway. At first my worst fears were confirmed, with Hurt's very identifiable monotone, but it didn't take long for his reading to grow on me. He was very good and funny with reading the charactor's lines, especially Bill. I had never ealized how funny Bill was until I heard William Hurt read this novel.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    They should remake this but I have no idea what the tag line should be. make the movie first and then I'll give you a line.,


    Any additional comments?

    Hemmingway's best work, in my opinion. Once i start reading it i cannot put the book down, and once I started listening to it i could not put the headphones down.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Peter ÅKARP, Sweden 11-26-12
    Peter ÅKARP, Sweden 11-26-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Classic book still very modern"

    The excellent narration by William Hurt brings this classic to life. The book still feels very modern, allthough some aspects in the story are dated.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    bbnorm MN USA 08-18-12
    bbnorm MN USA 08-18-12 Member Since 2011

    Norman B. Bradley

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    "A classic beautifully read"
    What disappointed you about The Sun Also Rises?

    No dissapointments


    What could Ernest Hemingway have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    You've go to be kidding.


    Would you be willing to try another one of William Hurt’s performances?

    Definitely. His reading was brilliant. Just enough differentiation and personalization of the characters without sounding like a staged performance. Perfect pacing.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Sun Also Rises?

    What a stupid question.


    0 of 0 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 2 people found this review helpful
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    Joe Bloggs WASHINGTON, IL, United States 06-02-12
    Joe Bloggs WASHINGTON, IL, United States 06-02-12 Member Since 2011

    Simple Joe

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    "Wish I was there"
    Would you listen to The Sun Also Rises again? Why?

    Again as in a second time or again as in for the 1st time? I'll just assume the question means for the 1st time. Listening for a second time would be incredibly boring and quite pointless, as I have already listened to it once.

    This was my first Hemmingway book and I rather liked it. The characters were real and flawed as hell, except maybe Jake who's only flaw is perhaps the company he keeps.

    The book moves along a good clip with just enough detail at the right places to make it come alive and flesh out what needs fleshing out. Like a masterpiece sculpture, you don't want too much fat (useless detail) and you want just the right portions of lean muscle and sinew (meaningful interesting detail). This book has just that.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Jake, he's a mans man drinking, smoking, watching bull fights. Jake appears to be Hemmingway himself in many respects.


    What about William Hurt’s performance did you like?

    Everything, the man is a master.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    I don't have a F.....ing clue.


    Any additional comments?

    This book captures the post world war I period in Europe from the point of view of some artists and ex-patriots. The slang is obviously dated and they used terms that just aren't heard anymore, but you sort of get used to it. It makes you want to go to Spain and hang out in an old bar, go to the bull fights, go fishing in a remote stream, drink wine all day and not even mind the fact there is no air conditioning.

    I think one of the key things about this book is that it doesn't try to be overly ambitious and therefore doesn't become overly heavy and boring. It's just a story about some people on a trip in Spain and elsewhere in Europe, but mostly Spain. There is jealousy, anger, fighting, drinking, fishing, impotence and for a while you don't know if maybe something real bad might happen to a few of the people or not.

    I'm giving it 5 stars, but only because I can't give it 4.5 stars. It's better than 4 out of 5 which is 80%.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Marshall United States 05-30-12
    Marshall United States 05-30-12 Member Since 2013
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    "It's Hemmingway!!!"

    Hemmingway's style of simple, frank and truthful writing is unique and pleasant to the ear. There is just something about his work that garners the feeling of adventure and manly melancholy that lingers after you've finished listening.

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    RandyK 05-28-12
    RandyK 05-28-12 Listener Since 2010
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    "Not great"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    I never read this book when growing and after reading The Paris Wife I was intrigued to read something written by Hemingway. However, I was really dissappointed.


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

    The story dragged on and was confusing at times.


    Did William Hurt do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    William Hurt occassionally did not differentiate between the characters well and that got a little confusing but I found the most irritating part of his reading was that he seemed to end most sentences as if they were questions. He spoke all of the book that way and I found it quite annoying.


    Was The Sun Also Rises worth the listening time?

    Not a total waste of listeniing time but I'll take a break from more Hemingway for now.


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    Ben Galbraith Palo Alto, CA USA 05-25-12
    Ben Galbraith Palo Alto, CA USA 05-25-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Fantastic"
    Would you listen to The Sun Also Rises again? Why?

    Without a doubt.


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

    If the entire book were read aloud in William Hurt's natural voice, it would have been a very pleasant experience. But Hurt's narration is so much more. Like Jim Dale in the Harry Potter series, every character has a different style. But with Hurt, it's much more than a different pitch or tone. He brings accents to the table, be it American, British, French, Spanish, and Basque accents, along with variations when the characters are drunk.It's all quite captivating and brilliantly executed. So much more engaging than simply reading the text.


    Any additional comments?

    The story is timeless, of course, and I am not worthy to critique it. I enjoyed it, though I found myself disappointed by the actions of one of the main characters.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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