The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway

The Sun Also Rises was written in 1926. It was Hemingway’s 3rd book and his first novel.

As a rule, I would think reading is preferable to listening to a book. But this audiobook, read by William Hurt, challenges the assumption. I was enjoying the writing so much that I went back and found that I had an old [Bantam 1954 and literally falling apart as I go] paperback and went back and read some of my favorite lines. But Hurt’s reading is great. Aside from the pronunciation of the French and Spanish names, he adds a real personality to some of the lines [e.g. adding a sarcastic edge to, ‘Try and take it sometime. Try and take it.’] and the accents [Harvey’s Southern] are a real advantage.

Here’s my as-you-go chapter summary:

  1. Robert Cohn is described by a friend, one of two, Jake. Hemingway’s style is very distinctive; using short and plain sentences.
  2. Cohn’s marriage is ending. Jake has a very detached attitude towards his friend.
  3. Jake meets Georgette. Brett is introduced. A typical Paris evening for the non-working [and drunkard – Jake had 5 drinks and shared 2 bottles of wine] class is described.
  4. Jake and Bret were, or are, in love. Jake’s war injury has apparently incapacitated him sexually.
  5. Cohn’s weird; he’s got the hots for Brett
  6. Cohn dumps Frances and puts up with her scene. Harvey Stone very funny. Hemingway rags on Mencken.

About Jorge Costales

- Cuban Exile [veni] - Raised in Miami [vidi] - American Citizen [vici]
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