Thoughts/Analysis on "The Sun Also Rises"
July 13, 2014 5:54 PM Subscribe
Soliciting thoughts and links to articles about "The Sun Also Rises", primarily explaining how it was received at the time.
posted by Quisp Lover to Media & Arts (3 answers total) 7 users marked this as a favorite
I just finished "The Sun Also Rises", my first Hemingway.
My primary impression is that he was the ur-Seinfeld; this is a novel where nothing happens (though certainly not in a bad way!). I can see how it must have been revolutionary at the time, when novels were always so formal and plot-driven. But it's hard, 90 years later, to fully appreciate how it was received then.
Can anyone point me to an essay or two, explaining a bit more about the impact and generally discussing the novel without getting overly academic or ploughing through background info on the real personalities behind the characters or Hemingway himself?
If you want to offer your own thoughts/observations, I wouldn't mind hearing them, either!
I was particularly intrigued by the last section of the book, where even less happens as the narrator just piddles around a Spanish village solo, focusing on the tiniest of moments, almost as a means of decompressing from what had come before (which, itself, was none too dramatically dense). Again, I'm not criticizing. I liked it.