Fiesta: The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway *

1 August 2013 | ,

Reading dates: 04 July 2013 – 01 August 2013

Not sure if this is even worth a review … What clunky writing! I think the Time Out guide to France and Spain might also be more entertaining.

10 thoughts on “Fiesta: The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway *

  1. I know, David … I felt so disheartened after I read it I could not even bring myself to think about it. I found it pointless. And yes, I know what people say about the character of Brett and all that … but it just felt like a bad Gatsby or ‘Breakfast at Tiffany’s’. I went to Cuba to all Hemingway’s places (Ambos Mundos, La Bodeguida, etc) and sampled his cocktails. Give me a good beer, any day.

  2. here is a quick take, or maybe it’s a slow take, but written quickly: it’s masculine (at least by reputation) to know his writing and his cocktails.
    many years ago, when I was reading The book you reviewed so mercilessly I was also reading Henry Miller. Loved the one, was bored by the other. But it’s hard to say such a thing out loud at a time when Miller was ignored in Canada, for whatever reason…
    I have always joked about the cocktails thing, but really do think there is a weird man’s man issue around the attraction to his writing. I am sure there’re real reasons to love Hemingway, but not to me. Give me the perversity of Tropic of Cancer

  3. Not long ago, I made a calculation of many books I will read if I continue at the current rate and live to be 80. The scary thing is that I owe three times more, so there are two third of my books that will never get read. I do not have time for clunky writing, and I found Hemingway’s painfully so. (I should point out that i also don’t have time for the many crime novels I read, but that is an addiction I am trying to overcome). Your analysis is poignant and explains a lot David. I know many men for whom Hemingway is the pinnacle of literature … I am with you and between Miller and Hemingway I prefer Hemingway, although not by that long a shot. But Miller was Anais Nin’s lover and inspired Henry and June and that earns him points. He also wrote my favourite writing manifesto:

    Who are you reading now, David?

  4. I understand not loving Henry Miller particularly. I do love him, I think, because when i read those books I found myself in the presence of the same swinish thoughts that had filled m y head for a troubling time, and which i had thought made me a bad person, an untrustworthy asshole. I guess i loved miller for that consolation.
    Just like you I have a dangerous, distracting compulsion. In my case it’s the pulp horror fiction of HP Lovecraft. The Mountains of madness is what I just finished a couple of nights ago. Is that wrong? It’s all so soothing somehow…
    On a more doctoral note, I just got back from Anaheim where I presented my paper at Siggraph 2013. you can read the paper at leonardo’s current issue, if you are willing to pay.

  5. Will send you the paper for free in couple of months, after the editors say its OK…
    Am thinking a lot about open source issues, and kind of like it, coming to my phd so late…

  6. Thank you so much, David. I would love to read your Siggraph paper.

    I have tried to overcome my addiction in 2013, by creating a book list. I have been doing very well and I have just had my first moment of weakness (see my next review). It has been very hard work, though. And although my books have more stars than those last year, I am not sure if pleasure was as high. Funny that. Perhaps I should only read Muriel Spark for the rest of my life, as she gives me everything. I have thought about it … Anything you recommend I MUST read for 2014? I am crafting my list here:

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