What Are You Reading? – December 2015

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Welcome back to the What Are You Reading? Series! If you have no idea what’s going on feel free to take a look at the introductory post. If you just want to catch up, here is last month’s post! Don’t forget at the end of the post to let me know your own thoughts and interpretations of the book. [Please note that if you haven’t commented before I recommend reading the Commenting Guidelines.] 

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And today’s book is……. *Drum roll*

The Sun Also Rises

Author: Ernest Hemingway

Genre: Literary Fiction

Originally Published: 1926

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This story follows our narrator Jake and his friends through a short period of their lives. They start off wandering through their lives in Paris, normally spending their time drinking, fighting, or partying. Until one day they all decide to go to Spain for a small vacation of fishing and the running of the bulls.

During their time in Spain more drama erupts as Cohn is confronted about his romantic obsession with Brett by her fiancé, Mike, and later Cohn confronts Brett’s new lover, a bullfighter named Romero. The drama continues at the end of their vacation as Brett runs off with Romero, but sends Jake a telegram for help after she tells Romero to leave.

Sure not the best summary I’ve come up with this is pretty much what happens.

First Thoughts:

Love Hemingway’s writing. The characters not so much.

Final Analysis:

I really do love how Hemingway writes. He is blunt and straightforward. He also focuses a lot on dialogue, which sometimes I did get a little lost in.

Maybe it’s because I’m not the indulgence type of person, but I really didn’t like a lot of the characters here. Brett was leading everyone on, especially Cohn who eventually assaulted multiple people just because he wanted to know where she was. The kicker is Cohn is already married to a woman named Francine in FRANCE! She was set to marry Mike, who knew she didn’t love him nor wanted to be with him in any way. She “actually loves” Jake but wont be with him because he is impotent after a war injury, but still calls him first when she is in trouble. (#friendzone) Then finally she runs off with this guy she thinks she loves but just met, only to find out that he wants to change her and marry her so she doesn’t leave. I have issues with her as a character, mainly for the fact that she is not only perpetuating but maintaining multiple toxic relationships with the people around her. I’m pretty sure the only character not falling for her crap is Bill and we see him very little.

Though this story is supposed to be about Jake and his friends, it ends up being more about Brett and trying to figure out what/who she is doing at the time. I’m sitting here thinking that Jake shouldn’t waste his time on this person because if she really did love him, she would be with him whether or not he was impotent.

Sadly this book is not one of my favorites by Hemingway, maybe because my mind is in a different mindset than what he is appealing towards here. Or maybe because I don’t read nearly enough literary fiction.

What did you think of this book when you read it? Do you think I’m wrong here and need to read it again? Let me know in the comments!

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One thought on “What Are You Reading? – December 2015

  1. My cats are named Jake and Brett, if that tells you anything about how I feel about this book…

    Jake Barnes is one of my favorite characters in literature. He’s in love with someone he knows is bad for him, someone he knows is using him, and yet he can’t say no to her. And Brett is just a tragic mess, because she knows what’s wrong with her yet can’t bring herself to change. Of all Hemingway’s books, this is the love story that resonates with me the most.

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