The Sun Also Rises-Ernest Hemingway
The ultimate novel of the Lost Generation is one of the Ernest Hemingway’s masterpieces. Hemingway describes the most memorable characters: Lady Brett Ashley and Jake Barnes. The story is about flamboyant and attractive Brett and unfortunate Jake. This unforgettable story is about spiritual dissolution, moral bankruptcy, vanishing illusions and unrealized love.
SUMMARY-The Sun Also Rises
Jake Barnes is the narrator of the story. He is describing a short biography of his friend Robert Cohn. Jake is a veteran of the World War I. Now he works in Paris as a journalist. Robert Cohn is an expatriate but not a veteran and he is rich. He also lives in Paris. He has a girlfriend Frances Clyne. Cohn wants to leave to South America and he is trying to convince Jake to go with him. He says no. That night at the club, Jake meets Lady Brett Ashley, a divorced aristocrat and Jake’s soul mate. Brett is an independent and free-spirited woman. From time to time she is also selfish. Jake and Bret knew each other from the World War I. Brett treated Jake from the war wound in England. During their conversation, it is implied that Jake’s wound left him impotent. Brett loves Jake but she will not give up sex. This is why she will not commit to a relationship with Jake.
The next afternoon, Jake and Robert are having lunch. Cohn is very impressed with Brett. He gets angry when Jake tells him she will marry Mike Campbell. That night, she unexpectedly comes to Jake’s apartment with Count Mippipopolous, a wealthy Greek expatriate. The Count left the apartment to get some champagne. While he is away, Brett tells Jake she is going to Spain, to visit a town called San Sebastian.
Few weeks later Jake’s friend Bill Gorton, arrives to Paris. Jake and Bill are planning to visit Spain and to see the fiesta at Pamplona. They will meet Cohn on their way. The three of them are planning to meet Brett and Mike that evening. They do not show up. Jake and Bill decide to leave for Burguete to fish. Cohn decides to stay and to wait for Brett. Bill and Jake check in a small in. There they spend five days drinking, playing cards and fishing. Jake gets a letter from Mike. Mike says that he and Brett will soon come to Pamplona. After arriving at Pamplona, Bill and Jake check in a hotel owned by the Spanish bullfighter Montoya. Bill and Jake meet with Mike, Brett and Cohn. They go to watch the bulls. Mike is mocking Cohn for following Brett around.