Thursday, January 3, 2013

Book Review: The Sun Also Rises

The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway

Hemingway's first novel is about a group of expatriates in post-World War I Europe. The group goes from drinking in the cafes in Paris to drinking at a bullfight festival in Spain. And that's pretty much the extent of the plot.

The first part of this book is directionless and hard to get into. The dialogue is repetitive, which I could forgive if it were a means to an end. But I could never figure out what the purpose of the repetition was so it was mostly annoying.

When the story moves to Spain it gets a lot better, especially the part with the bullfights. It was in this part that I could admire Hemingway's style the most and understand why he is raised to such literary heights. The rest of the book I don't see it.

I read this book in high school and hated it. This time around I thought I might like it better. I can't say I liked it, though I could appreciate the story a little bit more thanks to reading The Paris Wife a few months ago.

I do think that Hemingway, like J.D. Salinger, is an author that men can appreciate more than women.

Next month - Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer

Disclosure: No one paid me in any way, form or fashion for this review.

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