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Published in 1926 to explosive acclaim, The Sun Also Rises stands as perhaps the most impressive first novel ever written by an American writer. A roman à clef about a group of American and English expatriates on an excursion from Paris's Left Bank to Pamplona for the July fiesta and its climactic bull fight, a journey from the center of a civilization spiritually bankrupted by the First World War to a vital, God-haunted world in which faith and honor have yet to lose their currency, the novel captured for the generation that would come to be called "Lost" the spirit of its age, and marked Ernest Hemingway as the preeminent writer of his time.

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    This book is avant-garde. I'll get that out of the way. It is dreary and wispy. It is smooth and elegant and delicate and it contains a period of rejuvenation in the wilderness. The book appears shallow, but it's not. The aesthetics of the landscapes and cities are smoothly written and there is no garishness in the way of modernity to abrupt the senses from the surreal like, natural state Hemingway draws you into; there are no plastics or synthetics. It is poetic in its use of imagery. It is real, the characters are real, and they are solid, strong, resolute, and firm. This book is a definition of refinement and is sparse in its technicality but not its mysteriousness.

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    The first time I read this novel was for a class I was taking in university. Little did I know that I would be studying what was soon to become one of my favourite books of all time. Hemingway is masterful in his presentation of Jake, capturing the nuances he experiences in his journeys as an expat following the war. There is something simply captivating about the understated tone Hemingway takes that really draws you in. Each word is carefully chosen; the real craft is reading what is between the lines themselves. Definitely a must read for understanding the meaning of life an existence, as well as the importance of word choice in writing. Go grab a copy now!


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