The Sun Also Rises
Updated: Jun 26, 2020
The Sun Also Rises, by Ernest Hemingway, is my first Hemingway experience, and the first fiction book I've read in several years.
Since I was young, I have generally preferred non-fiction. However, I do believe there is value in reading works of fiction, so I figured I'd further culture myself and start with a classic.
Hemingway's writing style is remarkably modern and easier to understand for a book written nearly a century ago. Though I did use the Google to look up some slang.
Set in the post WWI era, the protagonist, Jake Barnes, tells a story that almost makes you feel like you are alongside him, sharing in his experiences. Particularly his hopeless love for Lady Brett Ashley and his account of the bullfighting festivities, in Pamplona, Spain. The story is loosely based on the life of Hemingway and his friends. Hemingway himself was an avid bullfighting enthusiast.
Over the span of a few months, Barnes and his friends, in the midst of a complicated love triangle (hexagon?), have quite an adventure. The story is rich with moral quandaries. They drink too much, are likely depressed, and certainly void of any direction in their lives as they search to find meaning.
It was an enjoyable read, and I look forward to continuing to sprinkle in the occasional work of fiction into my reading selections.