Paris in the twenties: Pernod, parties and expatriate Americans, loose-living on money from home.
Jake is wildly in love with Brett Ashley, aristocratic and irresistibly beautiful, but with an abandoned, sensuous nature that she cannot change.
When the couple drifts to Spain to the dazzle of the fiesta and the heady atmosphere of the bullfight, their affair is strained by new passions, new jealousies, and Jake must finally learn that he will never possess the woman he loves.
Powerful, intense and magnificent, Fiesta is the novel which established Ernest Hemingway as a writer of genius, and set him on the way to being one of the greatest literary novelists of the twentieth century.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 224 pages
- Publisher: Cornerstone
- Publication Date: 18/08/1994
- Category: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)
- ISBN: 9780099908500
- Paperback from £6.65
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Review by CarlGreatbatch
I don't know where to start with this review, I simply loved all of it. I haven't read any Hemingway for a while so perhaps the most important thing was the simple, spare beauty of the prose. There is just no effort involved in reading this book, although the impressions it leaves behind have provided me with more food for thought than most writers manage to engender in a career. I was left practically smelling the dusty plazas of Spain and considering how we depend on others for our view of ourselves. A stunning book, and hard to believe that it was his debut novel.
Review by JoeHarrod
Nothing happens. I loved it!
Review by jddunn
The Sun Also Rises reveals a side of Hemingway's character that makes him more sympathetic to me than I thought I would be... his Romantic side, his enthusiasm for his surroundings, and surprisingly, his compassion. He glorifies ugly things like bullfighting, yes, but not in a tawdry, exploitative way. He immerses himself fully, and returning with knew knowledge, makes them elemental, allegorical, and, for better or worse, reveals such things as true aspects of our humanity. The guy may have had some distasteful traits, but he was much more than just those. I should have known better.
Review by timswings
Very good clear prose, technically seen. And Hemingway is very visual in the description of Paris,Spain, bullfighting, fishing and boxing and cycling sports. You have to place the novel, in the historical time (nineteen twenties). Nowadays, you can see the description of the Jewish character Robert Cohn as political incorrect, as also the bullfighting can be seen nowadays.
Review by starbox
"The things that happened could only have happened during a fiesta", 15 June 2015This review is from: Fiesta: The Sun Also Rises (Paperback)I read this after a visit to Pamplona, where Hemingway is a Big Name. I hadn't been too struck on previous works of his, so began dubiously.This novel is narrated by one Jake Barnes, a young American, and his 'gang' of friends, notably Lady Brett Ashley and her hard-drinking fiance. These 'bright young things' have been damaged by WW1 - Jake (like just about all the men) is in love with Brett, but has been rendered impotent. She, meanwhile, seems emotionally scarred: we learn in a conversation that her true love died during the War, while she served as a V.A.D. in a hospital.Opening in Paris, where life is one round of alcoholic nights out and - for Brett - a succession of meaningless assignations with men - the group move off to take in Pamplona for some fishing and the annual fiesta and bullfights. I got quite caught up in the book at this point, thinking I knew what was going to happen to this little group of people among whom passions were aroused, echoing the descriptions of the bullfights (I was totally wrong!)A book that grew on me, despite having a largely unlikeable cast of characters. Hemingway brings the atmosphere of Spain to life.