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[Vintage Hemingway]Fiesta: The Sun Also Rises-A Review

Synopsis: “Jake is wildly in love with Brett Ashley, a remarkably beautiful yet dissolute woman of class. Leaving behind the Pernod and parties of their life in Paris, the pair and their fellow expatriates take an excursion to Spain. There, in the midst of the dazzling fiesta and the heady atmosphere of the bullfight, their affair is shaken by new passions and jealousies.”

Hello! Thank you for joining me today! I was very excited to get this read through Blind Date with a Book. https://blinddatewithabook.com/ I thought to myself that I wanted to read some different things but I didn’t trust myself to pick it out. That is when I found Blind Date With a Book! You sign up, tell the website what you are interested in reading (they have a list of categories you can choose from and the list is actually extensive!) and then you pay for your subscription and wait for your blind date to come in the mail.

I was seriously impressed when Ernest Hemingway was the first book they chose for me. Not because I have read a lot of his work and love him, but because I have not read any of his work and have been interested in branching out for a long time. I won’t lie, his style so far has been hard to latch onto but I honestly believe that is a personal issue. Right now in life things are a bit hectic and busy in my neck of the woods, so reading, or focusing on reading I should say, has been a bit of a struggle.

This book is 216 pages in length with an introduction before the story begins. At the beginning of the book there is a little bit of information on Ernest Miller Hemingway. I’ll post it below real quick for anyone interested in learning more about Mr. Hemingway, I was intrigued to learn so much about him:

“Ernest Miller Hemingway was born in 1899. His father was a doctor and he was the second of six children. Their home was at Oak Park, a Chicago suburb.

In 1917 Hemingway joined the Kansas City Star as a cub reporter. The following year he volunteered to work as an ambulance driver on the Italian front where he was badly wounded but twice decorated for his services. He returned to America in 1919 and married in 1921. In 1922 he reported on the Greco-Turkish war, then two years later resigned from journalism to devote himself to fiction. He settled in Paris where he renewed his earlier friendship with such fellow-American expatriates as Ezra Pound and Gertrude Stein. Their encouragement and criticism were to play a valuable part in the formation of his style.

Hemingway’s first two published works were ‘Three Stories and Ten Poems’ and ‘In Our Time’ but it was the satirical novel, ‘The Torrents of Spring,’ that established his name more widely. His international reputation was firmly secured by his next three books: ‘Fiesta,’ ‘Men Without Women,’ and ‘A Farewell to Arms.’

He was passionately involved with bullfighting, big-game hunting and deep-sea fishing, and his writing reflected this. He visited Spain during the Civil War and described his experiences in the bestseller, ‘For Whom the Bell Tolls.’

His direct and deceptively simple style of writing spawned generations of imitators but no equals. Recognition of his position in contemporary literature came in 1954 when he was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature, following the publication of ‘The Old Man and the Sea.’ He died in 1961.”

I enjoyed reading that information, I always heard about him and many other famous classic authors as I was growing up. Unfortunately, at a young age, reading and authors were not high on my priority list. As an adult now, I am very interested in a good read as well the author behind the story. Fiesta: The Sun Also Rises is the first work of Ernest Hemingway that I am able to jump into and boy was I very excited! It is a fictional story about Jake, Brett Ashley, and a few others along for a journey to Spain!

I have finally finished reading this after so long. I’m not quite sure why it took me so long. I did enjoy quite a bit of the story, but I will admit, there was A LOT of parts I was quite bored and uninterested in. To describe half this story’s writing style I’d choose to say it was like a friend who is chatty sharing EVERY single detail of their day with you. And not necessarily an interesting day either, just a normal day that they go through. I would also like to add though, he did a great job on the detail he did use to help paint a real picture of what he was seeing throughout the story. The scenery of his travels, the look of the houses and mountain areas.

I don’t think the synopsis did it justice in a sense though, I was expecting a more romantic love affair gone wrong than what it was. The main character was not nearly as involved in this love affair as I was picturing. That was probably my fault though, so I hope you can take a moment to read this story and figure out your thoughts for yourself! I would recommend a good classic any day! [Not because it’s cool or the “hip” thing to do, but because stories like these don’t exist much today, the style of writing and the word choices are very much different than a good classic.

Thank you for taking the time to read this review, I’d love to hear your thoughts, any recommendations on what other classics I should check out would be cool too! Thank you again!

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