The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway (Heathen Edition)

The Sun Also Rises

“Don’t you love me?”

“Love you? I simply turn all to jelly when you touch me.”

“Isn’t there anything we can do about it?”

She was sitting up now. My arm was around her and she was leaning back against me, and we were quite calm. She was looking into my eyes with that way she had of looking that made you wonder whether she really saw out of her own eyes. They would look on and on after everyone else’s eyes in the world would have stopped looking. She looked as though there were nothing on earth she would not look at like that, and really she was afraid of so many things.

“And there’s not a damn thing we could do,” I said.

“I don’t know,” she said. “I don’t want to go through that hell again.”

Ernest Miller Hemingway (1899-1961) is widely regarded as one of the greatest and most influential American writers of the 20th century. His economical and understated approach to writing netted him the 1954 Nobel Prize in Literature “for mastery of the art of narrative, and for the influence he exerted on contemporary style.” A style informed by his career as a journalist before enlisting as an ambulance driver at the Italian front in World War I where he was seriously wounded by mortar fire and discharged. Settling among American and British expatriates in Paris after the war, Hemingway discovered real-world inspiration for his first novel, which follows the “Lost Generation” of the 1920s from the nightclubs of Paris to the bullfights of Pamplona. Now recognized as his greatest and most important novel, The Sun Also Rises is both a tragic love story and a scathing portrait of forlorn expats drinking, dancing, and chasing their disillusionment across Europe toward a devastating climax in this spare but powerful modernist masterpiece.

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“A writer named Hemingway has arisen, who writes as if he had never read anybody’s writing, as if he had fashioned the art of writing himself.” —Bruce Barton, The Atlantic

“If there is a better dialogue to be written today I do not know where to find it.” —Conrad Aiken, New York Herald Tribune Books

“He loves all the hard, stinging experiences of the senses, he loves skill, he can laugh. No other American writing today can match his dialogue for its apparent naturalness, its intimacy and its concealed power of revealing emotion.” —Lawrence S. Morris, New Republic

“No amount of analysis can convey the quality of The Sun Also Rises. It is a truly gripping story, told in a lean, hard athletic narrative prose that puts more literary English to shame. Mr. Hemingway knows how not only to make words be specific but how to arrange a collection of words which shall betray a great deal more than is to be found in the individual parts. It is magnificent writing.” —The New York Times

“Written in terse, precise and aggressively fresh prose, and containing some of the finest dialogue yet written in this country. It is an interesting fact that Hemingway doesn’t make use of a single simile. To him things are not ‘like’ other things. He does not write about them until he has been able to grasp their essential qualities.” —Cleveland B. Chase

“Hemingway writes with a swinging, effortless precision that puts him in the very first flight of American stylists. He savors the taste and feel and smell of living with a sort of hard-boiled gusto.” —Schuyler Ashley, Kansas City Star

The Sun Also Rises introduced me to a kind of exotica, a glamour, a life that I couldn’t believe. I was seduced by it.” —Edna O’Brien

“The ideal companion for troubled times: equal parts Continental escape and serious grappling with the question of what it means to be, and feel, lost.” —The Wall Street Journal

“Every sentence that he writes is fresh and alive. There is no one writing whose prose has more of the force and vibrancy of good, direct, natural, colloquial speech.” —Burton Rascoe, New York Sun

The Sun Also Rises is the kind of book that makes this reviewer at least almost plain angry, not for the obvious reason that it is about utterly degraded people, but for the reason that it shows an immense skill, a very honest and unimpassioned conviction about how writing should be done in an amusing and clever modern technique, a sketching in with conversation and few modelings of description and none of rumination. Hemingway can be a distinguished writer if he wishes to be. He is, even in this book.” —Chicago Daily Tribune

“The technique of the book is fascinating. When one is not swept along by astonishing dialogue, subtle, obvious, profound, and commonplace—but always alive—one is listening to careful enumeration of little facts whose cumulative effect is to give them the importance of remarkable incidents.” —Ernest Boyd, Independent

The Sun Also Rises is a novel of great silence. Something central is hidden, which the reader discovers little by little. The characters are rich, interesting, fascinating, and a little bit tragic, as Hemingway’s characters always are.” —Mario Vargas Llosa

“The critics seem to be full of praise for your style and ability to draw word pictures but the decent ones always regret that you should use such great gifts in perpetuating the lives and habits of so degraded a strata of humanity . . . It is a doubtful honor to produce one of the filthiest books of the year . . . What is the matter? Have you ceased to be interested in nobility, honor and fineness in life? . . . Surely you have other words in your vocabulary than ‘damn’ and ‘bitch’—Every page fills me with a sick loathing.” —Grace Hemingway (Ernest’s mother)

Heathen Edition #24: The Sun Also Rises

Retail: $13.95
Published: 2022
Format: Paperback
Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.5 x -.- inches
Cover: Matte Finish
Interior: Black & White on Cream Paper
Pages: 280-ish (+2 POD)
Language: English
Annotations: Footnotes
Illustrations: 3

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    ISBN-13: 9781948316248

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