The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway is filled with fleeting moments. It’s serene, wandering, beautiful and dreadful. The Sun Also Rises was an experience in reading, it revealed perhaps more in what wasn’t expressed than in what was. Thirty-year-olds pursue moments of happiness in lavish celebration while their personal ties come undone. Heart destructively gloomy but laced in a hope. Not one that’s overtly optimistic but subdued and perhaps, more close to truth.
Reading The Sun Also Rises, Ernest Hemingway’s first novel, will have an many writers reconsidering their methods. Hemingway’s subdued approach is an admirable skill; it is also one with learning to learn, at least to some degree. The book deserves every bit of praise that it had when it was released. This style cuts. Keeps the the reader desiring more but sufficiently satisfying them anyway.
“It (referencing a book) recounts splendid imaginary amorous adventures of a perfect English gentleman in an intensely romantic land, the scenery of which is very well described. For a man to take it at thirty-four as a guide-book to what life holds is about as safe as it would be for a man of the same age to enter Wall Street direct from a French convent, equipped with a complete set of the more practical Alger Books.
Hemingway describes the danger of using imaginative works as guidebooks to life. Living a romantic is much more suited to younger people than it is for a thirty-four year old. They can make a man over-romantic, overly hopeful. It is reminiscent of when parents tell kids to stop living in their imaginations. It is possibly useful, but also dangerous to abandon. It seems here that Hemingway has been scorned in romance (not meaning just love here) and in the world. It certainly isn’t as perfect as some books depict.
“She had been looking into my eyes all the time. Her eyes had different depths, sometimes they seemed perfectly flat. Now you could see all the way into them.”
Brilliant and simple description done with eyes.
“It was like certain dinners I remember from the war. There was much wine, an ignored tension, and a feeling of things coming that you could not prevent happening.”
“You gave up something and got something else. Or you worked for something. You paid some way for everything that was any good. I paid my way into enough things that I liked, so that I had a good time. Either you paid by learning about them, or by experience, or by taking chances, or by money. “
I really believe that Hemingway’s work is a way forward for my current style. I will be taking steps to remodel portions of my style after Hemingway. There is a subtlety expressed in this novel that I need to have a better command over, practicing this will elevate my writing. I would recommend a thorough reading of this work to any writer. As for readers I know Hemingway can be divisive, but even if you’ve read The Old Man and the Sea and didn’t enjoy it, give The Sun Also Rises an honest chance.