The Sun Also Rises - Ernest Hemingway

The Sun Also Rises

By Ernest Hemingway

  • Release Date: 2002-07-25
  • Genre: Classics
Score: 4
From 567 Ratings


“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

One of America’s best-loved novels by PBS’s The Great American Read

The Sun Also Rises is a classic example of Hemingway’s spare but powerful writing style. It celebrates the art and craft of Hemingway’s quintessential story of the Lost Generation—presented by the Hemingway family with illuminating supplementary material from the Hemingway Collection at the John F. Kennedy Library.

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. It is an age of moral bankruptcy, spiritual dissolution, unrealized love, and vanishing illusions. First published in 1926, The Sun Also Rises is “an absorbing, beautifully and tenderly absurd, heartbreaking narrative...a truly gripping story, told in lean, hard, athletic prose” (The New York Times).

The Hemingway Library Edition commemorates Hemingway’s classic novel with a personal foreword by Patrick Hemingway, the author’s sole surviving son, and an introduction by Sean Hemingway, grandson of the author. Hemingway considered the extensive rewriting that he did to shape his first novel the most difficult job of his life. Early drafts, deleted passages, and possible titles included in this new edition elucidate how the author achieved his first great literary masterpiece.


  • A great place to revisit

    By Royjoyboy
    I first read TSAR when I was barely a teenager many years ago. How I have changed and how the book seemed to change in those years is quite remarkable. This time around I was stunned by its remarkable simplicity. So direct - so matter of fact and then ...without seemingly intending to do so...touches quietly and deeply. The last line is one that churns and one I always remember. Do read this. Thank you Mr. Hemingway
  • Really bad

    By Sfjgfg
    Worst book I've ever read, all they do is get drunk
  • Everything but the margins

    By drscannell
    The content is top-notch, of course. The margins on the block quotes were poorly implemented, though, causing the telegrams to appear overly narrow on the iPhone.
  • Horrible

    By Stoner 76
    I really don't know what all the fuss is over this book. It was boring, and seemed to have no plot other than "drink, go eat, drink, argue with other writers, drink, mess around with loose women." A total waste of time.
  • Quality issue

    By Brheinstein
    This version does not even include the epigraphs from gertrude stein and ecclesiastes that position the novel thematically! A real shame...I won't teach the ebook until the publisher can be more responsible. Too bad.
  • A+

    By BLayingBeads
    I read this in high school (10 years ago). I will be reading more from Hemingway.
  • Inquisitive

    By MikeDuff
    His journeys throughout this novel are described in beautiful detail. You get the sense you are apart of his experience and relationships.
  • Overrated

    By Prudeau
    The book lacks structure, there was no plot to keep the reader interested, just elaborate description of crowd dynamics, bull fights and landscape, the worst book I've ever read and quite frankly a waste of my time.
  • The Sun Also Rises

    By DesignGirl80
    Perhaps, Hemingway's best work, The Sun Also Rises give you a feel for the 1920s from a different perspective.
  • Great story; adequate eBook edition

    By ErinG.
    FIVE stars for the story. TWO stars for the eBook edition. I'm not going to review the content of The Sun Also Rises. The value of the story and it's prose has been thoroughly established elsewhere. This eBook edition is merely adequate, although I doubt there's a better one out there. Publishers have yet to figure out that it's not enough to scan in the book as is. I don't need extra blank pages; they add nothing. It would be fantastic to have a relevant dictionary, for example when I highlight poule, I want to see that's French slang for prostitute, not that there's no definition in the base dictionary. Publishers need to get on the ball and make fresh, definitive eBook editions. This edition isn't that, but it does provide a largely error free, clean reading experience.