The Sun Also Rises

Listened to the audio book, August 1996.

The apotheosis of the American in Europe. Much pain submerged in a kind of tough sentimentality; and the well-heeled society where grown-ups behave like children, recklessly. Jake Barnes the calm center, knowing, sad but strong, injured and impotent — but his impotence almost seems to give him a saint-like dignity. The female character (Kate? I forget — writing this several months after) is also one of these really screwed up but deep down saintly types. After The Old Man and the Sea, I think this is the most religiously oriented thing I’ve read by Hemingway, very Catholic in its sensibilities.


  1. Matthew Lickona says

    Lady Brett, dude, Lady Brett. She had curves like the hull of racing yacht, and you missed none of it in that sweater.

    I read this book a lot in high school. Later, I tried to tally up just exactly how much they drank.

  2. Rufus McCain says

    I knew it was a formative favorite of yours. I'd like to reread it one of these days.

  3. Matthew Lickona says

    Reading club!

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