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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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    bob LIBERTY HILL, TX, United States 07-23-13
    bob LIBERTY HILL, TX, United States 07-23-13 Member Since 2012
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    Would you listen to The Sun Also Rises again? Why?

    I guess you had to be there, but I don't understand all the hoopla about Hemingway. Found the book rather boring - like Lady Brett - bored. Some say this is his best novel, but I don't see it. Not sure I liked Hurt as narrator - although he sounded bored like Jake and all the others.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Ernest Hemingway? Why or why not?

    Yes, hope I see the fascination.


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    Yes, slow.


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

    No!


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    French Quarter New Orleans 07-09-13
    French Quarter New Orleans 07-09-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Classic Hemingway. Bad narrator."
    What did you find wrong about the narrator's performance?

    William Hurt is awful. He's asleep and puts me to sleep. He sounds a little creepy, whiney, bored, and is just not a good or exciting reader.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Majd VANCOUVER, WA, United States 06-20-13
    Majd VANCOUVER, WA, United States 06-20-13 Member Since 2012
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    "What is the point?!"

    Though I enjoyed the performance, I still don't understand what Hemingway wanted to convey in this novel other than that the main characters are a lost generation in Europe. This you can gather from the first quote in the novel and you don't need to listen to the whole thing. It really felt to me that Hemingway is showing off his knowledge of various places in Europe without any substance. But who am I to critique Hemingway :)

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Ruth Kellener-Fehte 02-06-12 Member Since 2008
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    "Disappointing."
    Would you try another book from Ernest Hemingway and/or William Hurt?

    No, for William Hurt. While I am a big fan of William hurt as a fine actor, his voice had a definite drone without much inflection which made the listen very boring.


    What was most disappointing about Ernest Hemingway???s story?

    While I enjoyed


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Hurt seemed bored himself.


    What character would you cut from The Sun Also Rises?

    Cohen


    Any additional comments?

    I will never read another book narrated by William Hurt.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jonathan United States 02-06-12
    Jonathan United States 02-06-12 Member Since 2011
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    "I love Hemingway, but not this one."
    What disappointed you about The Sun Also Rises?

    It was apathetic ... a humdrum waste of my time. I cant feel for these characters, they are privileged enough to bum around Paris and Spain like hamsters in a wheel; going nowhere, doing nothing, not even having meaningful conversation. It's like listening to a bunch of your go-nowhere college buddies talk about everyday life. Boring.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Ernest Hemingway again?

    Absolutely.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of William Hurt?

    Stacy Keach, hands-down. He is the best I have heard yet and I have listened to more audiobooks this year than most people will listen to in their entire lives. Not to be conceited but to make the point. Stacy is awesome, especially with Hemingway. He ACTS out the roles, instead of merely reading the words.

    This guy, William Hurt, is the worst yet. He even reads like he is bored, adding an additional dimension of apathy to the story that didn't need to be there. Hemingway can write about normalcy in a way that lets you see the beauty. This guy killed even that.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Disappointment.

    I had just finished For Whom the Bell Tolls, and was very pleased. The book was lauded as one of his best works, so I gave it a go. I think this book got caught up in the


    Any additional comments?

    Don't waste your time or money on this one. Go get The Nick Adams Stories or his other short stories first. They are so poetic and ... honest is the best way I can explain how he writes. No fluff, no waste, each word is a well chosen arrow that pierces straight to the point, unmistakably.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    James Larchmont, NY, United States 12-05-11
    James Larchmont, NY, United States 12-05-11 Member Since 2010
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    "Dated Hemmingway redolant of vanished glamour"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    One cannot change a novel that is a classic in its way. The reading would be improved by a more vigorous interpretation of the narrator (Hemmingway).


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

    The bittersweet ending


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

    See above


    Was The Sun Also Rises worth the listening time?

    yes


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Sarah Alexandria, VA, United States 08-12-10
    Sarah Alexandria, VA, United States 08-12-10 Member Since 2005

    I'm a 60 yr old former English major and grad student. It's been fascinating revisiting the books I studied in my 20s, read aloud to me.

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    "Absolutely nothing happens, then it ends"

    I got interested in Hemingway and have listened to all three of his best-known novels on Audible this summer. I appreciate his direct, unadorned language and was especially fascinated by his use of strange translations for Spanish words and expressions in For Whom the Bell Tolls. I thought that novel was excellent, and very sad. I absolutely could not stand The Sun Also Rises. How can this be said to be his best work?? First of all, William Hurt is the worst narrator I have yet heard on Audible--and I've listened to two of Charlton Griffin's readings (sounds exactly like J. Peterman of Seinfeld fame). Hurt sounds brain damaged in his presentation of The Sun Also Rises. He ends every sentence on an upward intonation, like a drunken Canadian, and spits out the first syllable of every word like he's choking. Where did he learn to speak this way? He also adopted a whining, cringing tone for Robert Cohn and Jake's friend Bill that is most annoying. His reading was least objectionable when he was mimicking foreign accents for Mike, Brett, and various Spanish peasants and waiters. Maybe he should have read the whole novel in a foreign accent; it would have been less distracting and ridiculous than his version of spoken English, which is presumably his native tongue. If you can steel yourself to somehow make it past the narrator's incomprehensible delivery, you are then faced with a so-called novel in which nothing--and I mean nothing--happens apart from wildly excessive drinking, enumerated glass by glass and bottle by bottle in scene after scene in two countries, along with what was paid for the drinks and tips for the waiters. The drunken men become drunkenly jealous of one another; everyone hates the Jew, Cohn, and lets him know it, so he fights them and then cries. Jake has had his penis shot off in WWI so he is especially jealous of the other men who have slept with Brett, but he acts cool and unconcerned, but one night he cries about it. This book is absurd.

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Daniel Chicago, IL, USA 03-28-07
    Daniel Chicago, IL, USA 03-28-07
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    "Buy yourself a drink instead...."

    An absurd, sparingly told story of a bunch of drunks and a tramp. This novel is broken up into 3 "books" - you can completely throw out the 1st about the "wild nightlife" of Paris. There was nothing interesting at all in the telling, no insight into the characters, no captivating plot, nothing....but drinking. I wish I had a digital copy of the book and could count the times "get a drink" was used - it would be in the hundreds, and without anything engaging told in between.

    I did not have any empathy for the main characters, and did not sense any "spiritual dissolution, unrealized love, and vanishing illusions." If these were themes, maybe I needed a drink to ferret them out. I thought these "woe-is-me” motifs were modern day creations. I cannot believe that this novel is considered a masterpiece. The only interesting characters were the supporting cast, particularly the Spanish hotel owner and the bullfighter. It is inconceivable to believe nowadays or moreover in the 1920's, that a reader would feel anything for any of the four main figures (except the bullfighter) who were all in love with the same tramp, Lady Brett Ashley, who was "accustomed to getting what she wants" - there was nothing the least bit interesting about her. A lousy listen - save your money on this book and go buy yourself a drink instead - you'll certainly have more fun.

    5 of 17 people found this review helpful
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    Septimus MacGhilleglas Steornabhagh, Na h-Eileanan an Iar 05-18-11
    Septimus MacGhilleglas Steornabhagh, Na h-Eileanan an Iar 05-18-11 Member Since 2008

    Si hoc legere scis nimium eruditionis habes.

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    "Hemingway is amazing, John Hurt, not so much...."

    Hemingway's novel about Europe before WWII transcends time. It is at times profound, abhorrent, absurd and transcendent. Though it does cross the generations well for the story, the language and feeling of the book are rooted in a time long expired. I've heard Stacy Keach read Hemingway and it was, in a word, sublime. John Hurt, on the other hand and in my opinion, really detracts from everything Hemingway was trying to say. It is monotonous and boring even though the story is compelling. And as a Scot, I have to say that it was undoubtedly, the worse Scottish accent I've ever heard. He sounded more like a drunk Russian. So best of luck if you purchase this audiobook, I, myself, feel like I've been robbed.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Tim Portland, OR, USA 12-20-08
    Tim Portland, OR, USA 12-20-08 Member Since 2004
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    "Boring- very boring"

    This is by far the most boring listen i have had so far. The narration
    was ok but there is absolutely nothing to pick up from this book except a drink.

    0 of 5 people found this review helpful
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