The Sun Also Rises By Ernest Hemingway

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The Sun Also Rises
Ernest Hemingway
Ernest Hemingway’s The Sun Also Rises is a classic work of American prose, and is essential to understanding the social climate of the 1920’s, and the “Lost Generation”. Hemingway’s motley cast of star-crossed lovers, rabble-rousers, expatriates, gamblers, and burgeoning alcoholics reflect the excitement, loneliness, and disillusionment experienced by Hemingway and his contemporaries. In addition, the post-war angst of young people of the time is illustrated throughout all of the characters, affecting their lives and developing them as people. Because of this, The Sun Also Rises is now considered one of the best novels to come out of the era, as well as one of the most important American works of all time.

Summary The Sun Also Rises begins in 1920’s Paris, with Jake Barnes describing his friend, Rob Cohn. He likes Cohn but criticizes him, saying he wasted his money, and is boring and plain. Cohn is writing his novel while in Paris, but once he finishes, he travels back to the United States to find a publisher for his book, which he does, and also finds social success in New York, something he felt he was lacking in Paris. Upon his return, He and Barnes travel to a nightclub in the city, and Barnes sees his friend, Brett Ashley, a beautiful, intelligent and modern woman whom both Jake and Cohn have feelings for. Jake kisses her that night, but although she loves Jake, she tells him she isn’t willing to be with him, and it…
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