Saturday, May 03, 2014
The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway
I read A Farewell to Arms in 2012 as one of my selections for the WWI Reading Challenge. I didn't care much for the story or the writing style, so I really didn't think I would read anything else by Hemingway. But last year, I read The Paris Wife by Paula McLain, which was about Hemingway and his first wife, Hadley. I enjoyed that book so much that it made me decide to give Hemingway another try. I chose The Sun Also Rises, which was Hemingway's first big novel and established his reputation as a great writer. Which I have to say, I don't get. His style is very terse, almost newspaper-like. Maybe that was such a change from the writings of his day (The Sun Also Rises was first published in 1926) that it was revolutionary, but it doesn't do anything for me. And the story wasn't any better. It was about several American and English expatriates (the so-called Lost Generation) living in Paris who go to Pamplona, Spain for the bullfighting fiesta. Their main activity is drinking and getting drunk (or "tight"). It is my 20th Century Classic for the Back to the Classics 2014 Challenge, and I rate it 2 out of 5.