A Brief Review – Book #2


I can’t stand it to think my life is going so fast and I’m not really living it.

I am fascinated by Ernest Hemingway and his fellow Lost Generation expats. The Paris Wife lured me in two years ago and I wanted to know more. 

Enter Reading Challenge Book #2: The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway (a book written by someone under 30). Ernest was about 27 years old when he wrote this story. It is told from the perspective of Jake Barnes who is in love with a woman who doesn’t love him back, drinks like a fish and has endless vacation days. Jake is the narrator but not necessarily the main character. He is the observer. We see everything and everyone through Jake’s eyes.

There were a few things that didn’t make sense to me while reading this:

  • How the characters spent money endlessly
  • How they traveled endlessly
  • How they drank endlessly
  • How multiple men were with the same woman (and knew about it)

However, the language they used was crazy interesting and I was pulled into the characters’ never ending soap opera of a life. I don’t think it was too far off from Hemingway’s actual life, what with all the women and booze and bulls. There wasn’t a ton of actual plot, in my opinion. It was more of an account of a few weeks (months?) in the life of a man and his friends drinking and writing telegrams in post-war Paris and Spain. And that was okay.

What I found most interesting about this book was the parallels to life at the same age (mid to late-twenties) in current day. The quote I chose at the top is something that resonated with me. Something that was written 90 years ago! Ernest, you philosopher.

I’d recommend this book if you are interested in the Lost Generation, or drinking in Parisian cafes or deeply descriptive bull fighting scenes (could have done without).

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