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Publisher Description

2007 Audie Award Finalist for Classics

Nominated as one of America’s best-loved novels by PBS’s The Great American Read.

This new edition of The Sun Also Rises 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.

The Sun Also Rises is a classic example of Hemingway’s spare but powerful writing style. 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).

This new Hemingway Library Edition celebrates Hemingway’s classic novel with a personal foreword by Patrick Hemingway, the author’s sole surviving son, and a new 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.

William Hurt
hr min
October 17
Simon & Schuster Audio

Customer Reviews

Plow Threwum ,

Ears Hurting

This is not a good reading. The rave reviews must have been written by Hurts friends and family, because I can't believe anyone would objectively endorse this reading, monotone and o-ver-e-nun-ciated.

Kidbonz ,

Great Audio Version

William Hurt not only reads as only he could but his ablity to act the other voices makes this a very enjoyable audiobook. Also you can almost envision him as Jake Barnes in a movie of this. He'd be perfect for the role.

tsrose ,

The Sun Also Rises

Fantastic! The way Hemingway vividly describes the scenes and the conversational tone he uses in some parts, makes you feel like you are actually in the story yourself. This book carries you from trout fishing to bull fighting. William Hurt does an excellent job with the different voices. After a while you almost picture the different characters.

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