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The Sun Also Rises - Ernest Hemingway

I had a crack at Hemingway’s ‘A Farewell to Arms’ a number of years ago and I didn’t take to it in the slightest and gave up on it. Probably a case of wrong book wrong time.

This novel is based on real life events that happened in Hemingway’s life when he lived in Paris. The narrator is Jake Barnes (Hemingway), foreign correspondent for an American newspaper in Paris. The first part of the book is a chronicle of carousing around the city of lights with other ex-pats and English aristo’s. Barnes is in love with Lady Brett Ashley who is courted by more than one suitor. This as with the injury that Barnes acquired in WW1 is alluded to but in the main the Paris plot meanders through huge meals and quaffing of booze.

The second part of the book then follows the band of friends to the fiesta and bull fights in Pamplona where we are taken through a raucous seven day party. Hemingway wrote TSAR when he was twenty one and it was published in 1926. At the time it was heralded as a more modern style of writing novels. Its sparse and un-flowery style for somebody of such a young age can only be applauded and the characters dialogue is very good but overall this book left me unimpressed. Fans of Hemingway always portray him as this great swashbuckling legend who’s every written word should be carved in stone which is fair enough but to me this was, at best, just ok. Maybe I’m missing something with his work and I would like to read his book about the Spanish Civil War (For Whom the Bell Tolls) but that won’t be for a while.
grunt

His books are for men who are men aren't they? Not for men who use shea butter products and probably wear women's underwear.
Grind

grunt wrote:
His books are for men who are men aren't they? Not for men who use shea butter products and probably wear women's underwear.


Indeed they are.

Dock needs to go out and shoot his load at big cats in the Castleford area.
Nyles O Cranium

A Farewell To Arms is a good read imho, pretty depressing too though.

I bet half the people who say Hemingway is the best writer who ever lived haven't read all his stuff but in fact are just spouting about what in their opinions is a perfect writer, ie a bloke who got pissed a lot, fought a lot, travelled a lot, wrote a fair bit and liked shooting animals who couldn't shoot back
Dock

grunt wrote:
His books are for men who are men aren't they? Not for men who use shea butter products and probably wear women's underwear.


Since when has it been wrong for men to wear peek-a-boo bra's. And shea butter is soooooooo yesterday. I'm into the coconut body butter at the moment me.

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