Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio; Unabridged edition (October 17, 2006)
The Muse Reviews Rating: 2 Laurels
The quintessential novel of the Lost Generation, The Sun Also Rises is one of Ernest Hemingway's masterpieces and a classic example of his spare but powerful writing style. A poignant look at the disillusionment and angst of the post-World War I generation, the novel introduces two of Hemingway's most unforgettable characters: Jake Barnes and Lady Brett Ashley. The story follows 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 twentieth century.
In The Sun Also Rises, a group of Americans and British ex-patriots spend most of their time getting drunk in Parisian cafes, attending bull fights in Spain and swapping sex partners faster than they change underwear. Unless you're required to read The Sun Also Rises for a class, skip the novel and spend a couple of hours skimming the Cliffs Notes. If it's required reading, borrow the audio book version from the library and listen while you're doing housework or putting in an hour at the gym. You'll need the physical activity to keep you awake for this exercise in tedium.
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