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Thursday, January 14, 2021

#ReadThis #TheSunAlsoRises by #ErnestHemingway @simonschuster

Once upon a time Mover and Shaker Rennie McQuilkin told Peachy she would probably like Fitzgerald and gave her the short story Winter Dreams.  Subsequently, she did a term paper on The Great Gatsby and has read everything Fitzgerald ever wrote.  Fitzgerald is God.

Fitzgerald recommended Hemingway to his editor, so there is NO good reason why this has taken us this long!  We have already told you that PBS has a Hemingway special coming up:
We watched it, twice.

We start at the beginning: The Sun Also Rises.  Published in 1926, it has obviously proven to be a timeless classic and THIS is what people should be reading in English class, regardless of the politics of the teacher/professor/school and their agenda.  Like The Great Gatsby, it is a tale of the lost generation and also a celebration of The American Dream, which is more important than anything.   It might take place in Europe but all the stars are American.

The characters are in a word phenomenal.  Narrator Jake Barnes and every red-blooded male prays at the altar of Lady Brett Ashley, whom every woman would want to be.  If Lady Brett were alive today she'd be engaged to Tom Brady because of who she is, not because she is like Gisele or Bridget (who rules Blue Bloods along with Willie and Steve.  Remember we think Willie is under the table and if you are confused read Twitter. )

Reading The Sun Also Rises is like eating at The Bull and Bear when it was open and the Waldorf=Astoria was owned by Americans.  Its luxurious richness in quality description, heightened plot, colorful characters and overall quintessential style are to be envied by the English speaking world for eternity.  

A more beautiful era of graciousness and style awaits you.  We loved so many aspects but perhaps what we loved the most was the volley of the conversation in wonderful banter.  This is our favorite racket sport particularly strong on p. 36.

Hemingway's accuracy of knowing The Human Condition is prevalent throughout: "It is awfully easy to be hard-boiled about everything in the daytime, but at night it is another thing." (p.28)

You're not truly woke until you Read This.  And you will wish you could go back to this era without cell phones.  People made plans in Paris and they simply executed them.  Makes sense!  No drama.  No confirms.  How it should be!  Just do it!  Since we all missed out we can go out to Paris in the 1920s in these pages, particularly attractive during a worldwide epidemic where no one can properly go out.  The rent-a-cars also came with a dressed driver.

Bung-o!  Crack open this classic winner.

The introductory words by Patrick and Sean, son and grandson respectively, are the cherry on top of the sundae and we will have to say hello to Sean next time we are at The Met as they were one of the first to want to work with us in 2009 when no one was following.

The Sun Also Rises Has Earned Whom You Know's Highest Recommendation.

The quintessential novel of the Lost Generation, The Sun Also Rises is one of Ernest Hemingway’s masterpieces and a classic example of his spare but powerful writing style.

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. First published in 1926, The Sun Also Rises helped establish Hemingway as one of the greatest writers of the twentieth century.

About Ernest Hemingway

Ernest Hemingway did more to influence the style of English prose than any other writer of his time. Publication of The Sun Also Rises and A Farewell to Arms immediately established him as one of the greatest literary lights of the 20th century. His classic novella The Old Man and the Sea won the Pulitzer Prize in 1953. Hemingway was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1954. He died in 1961.

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