Fiesta: The Sun Also Rises

March 15, 2015 § 2 Comments

fiestaFiesta: The Sun Also Rises
by Ernest Hemingway

published by Arrow Books

“Oh, Jake” Brett said, “we could have had such a damned good time together.”

Ahead was a mounted policeman in khaki directing traffic. He raised his baton. The car slowed suddenly pressing Brett against me.

“Yes.” I said. “Isn’t it pretty to think so?”

Quintessential Hemingway. Tight, muscular prose. A narrative that includes bullfighting, fishing, and plenty of alcohol.

Hemingway’s first novel, The Sun Also Rises follows the lives of expatriates in Paris during the 20’s as they travel to Spain for the fiesta and bullfights; and it is against this backdrop that the novel unfolds. Hemingway’s reticent style lends itself brilliantly to the descriptions of the surrounding landscape. Particularly engaging are the accounts of the tranquil fishing trip and the frenzied atmosphere of the fiesta/bullfights. The crisp and precise dialogue leaves much unsaid, but in instances such as above, they are delivered with stinging force.

TSAR, published to critical acclaim, was a stepping stone to what are now considered Hemingway’s masterpieces: A Farewell To Arms, For Whom The Bell Tolls, The Old Man & The Sea, and a favourite of mine, Islands in the Stream (published posthumously). Works in which his style would mature and flourish.

A brilliant first novel by a master storyteller.

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