The Sun Also Rises

The Sun Also Rises Summary

The only authorized edition of Ernest Hemingways first novel.

“The ideal companion for troubled times: equal parts Continental escape and serious grappling with the question of what it means to be, and feel, lost.” —The Wall Street Journal

The Sun Also Rises is a classic example of Hemingway’s spare but powerful writing style. It celebrates the art and craft of Hemingway’s quintessential story of the Lost Generation—presented by the Hemingway family with illuminating supplementary material from the Hemingway Collection at the John F. Kennedy Library.

A poignant look at the disillusionment and angst of the post-World War I generation, the novel introduces two of Hemingway’s most unforgettable characters: Jake Barnes and Lady Brett Ashley. The story follows the flamboyant Brett and the hapless Jake as they journey from the wild nightlife of 1920s Paris to the brutal bullfighting rings of Spain with a motley group of expatriates. It is an age of moral bankruptcy, spiritual dissolution, unrealized love, and vanishing illusions. First published in 1926, The Sun Also Rises is “an absorbing, beautifully and tenderly absurd, heartbreaking narrative...a truly gripping story, told in lean, hard, athletic prose” (The New York Times).

The Hemingway Library Edition commemorates Hemingway’s classic novel with a personal foreword by Patrick Hemingway, the author’s sole surviving son, and an introduction by Sean Hemingway, grandson of the author. Hemingway considered the extensive rewriting that he did to shape his first novel the most difficult job of his life. Early drafts, deleted passages, and possible titles included in this new edition elucidate how the author achieved his first great literary masterpiece.

Book Reviews


I Mean... It's OK3 star

I wouldn't say I regret reading this book.... but I want my life back! It's an important work of literature, so I think it is an important book to read. I was so disappointed in the story. Hemingway over explained things you didn't care about, added in details that had no relevance to the story, but he didn't explain things you want to have explained (Jake's accident, Brett and the bull fighter, etc.) I am sure those were intentional choices, but it made me more frustrated than anything. Reading that book was like running a marathon. I wanted to finish and I kept pushing, but it just kept dragging on. Glad I read it, would never read it again.35


A great place to revisit5 star

I first read TSAR when I was barely a teenager many years ago. How I have changed and how the book seemed to change in those years is quite remarkable. This time around I was stunned by its remarkable simplicity. So direct - so matter of fact and then ...without seemingly intending to do so...touches quietly and deeply. The last line is one that churns and one I always remember. Do read this. Thank you Mr. Hemingway55


Really bad1 star

Worst book I've ever read, all they do is get drunk15


Everything but the margins4 star

The content is top-notch, of course. The margins on the block quotes were poorly implemented, though, causing the telegrams to appear overly narrow on the iPhone.45

Stoner 76

Horrible1 star

I really don't know what all the fuss is over this book. It was boring, and seemed to have no plot other than "drink, go eat, drink, argue with other writers, drink, mess around with loose women." A total waste of time.15


Quality issue3 star

This version does not even include the epigraphs from gertrude stein and ecclesiastes that position the novel thematically! A real shame...I won't teach the ebook until the publisher can be more responsible. Too bad.35


A+5 star

I read this in high school (10 years ago). I will be reading more from Hemingway.55


Inquisitive5 star

His journeys throughout this novel are described in beautiful detail. You get the sense you are apart of his experience and relationships.55


Overrated1 star

The book lacks structure, there was no plot to keep the reader interested, just elaborate description of crowd dynamics, bull fights and landscape, the worst book I've ever read and quite frankly a waste of my time.15


The Sun Also Rises5 star

Perhaps, Hemingway's best work, The Sun Also Rises give you a feel for the 1920s from a different perspective.55

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