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Fiesta: The Sun Also Rises (Arrow Classic) [Paperback]

Ernest Hemingway
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18 Aug 1994 Arrow Classic

Paris in the twenties: Pernod, parties and expatriate Americans, loose-living on money from home. Jake is wildly in love with Brett Ashley, aristocratic and irresistibly beautiful, but with an abandoned, sensuous nature that she cannot change.

When the couple drifts to Spain to the dazzle of the fiesta and the heady atmosphere of the bullfight, their affair is strained by new passions, new jealousies, and Jake must finally learn that he will never possess the woman he loves.

Powerful, intense and magnificent, Fiesta is the novel which established Ernest Hemingway as a writer of genius, and set him on the way to being one of the greatest literary novelists of the twentieth century.

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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Arrow; New Ed edition (18 Aug 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0099908506
  • ISBN-13: 978-0099908500
  • Product Dimensions: 11 x 1.4 x 17.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (81 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,324 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Ernest 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 as an ambulance driver on the Italian front, where he was badly wounded but decorated for his services. He returned to America in 1919, and married in 1921. In 1922, he reported on the Greco-Turkish war before resigning from journalism to devote himself to fiction. He settled in Paris where he renewed his earlier friendships 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.

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"Hemingway captures atmosphere by reticence and breathes life into his characters by pages left unsaid ... It is American; it is literature; and it is a first novel by a genius" (Evening News)

"Remarkable, startling, disquieting" (Spectator)

"Some of the finest and most restrained writing that this generation has produced." (New York World)

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The early masterpiece from thr Nobel Prize-winning author of A Farewell to Arms.

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30 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My favourite book by Hemingway 18 April 2006
By Morris
I recently read this novel again, and again I found it an evocative, mesmerising, and absolutely brilliant description of Paris and Spain in the interwar years.

Hemingway was a master at tight yet superb prose. He really could conjure up the dusty ride on top of a bus, on the road in Northern Spain, the peasants passing round the skin full of wine. He puts you right there, sitting outside at the cafe during the Fiesta, everyone getting drunk, the fireworks going off, the young men taking their chances as they run in front of the bulls.

Hemingway was a genius, a term used much too frequently and easily today.

I also recomend the biography 'Hemingway: A Life Without Consequences' by James R. Mellow. Gives the reader a better understanding of the world in which he lived.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
By A Customer
Following all the hype of Hemingway's birth last year, this was my first attempt to understand the allure of the man. Aptly, this was his first novel. What I found was a very economical telling of a story that at first seems very simple, but then develops into quite a complex tale.
On the negative side, some of the narrative was too matter-of-fact; and I often got lost (and bored) with some of the pointless dialogue.
More positively, the magnificent decription of the detail of bull-fighting, with the pride and dedication of the bull-fighters and their aficiandos, the grubby detail of Spain and the romanticism of an American in the Old World, made this a very enjoyable read. Coupled with the amorality of the aristocratic Brett and the (for the time) expected anti-Semitic views, this is very much a book of its era, but still with something to offer to a new generation of readers.
I can't wait to read "The Old Man and the Sea" now.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sheer Utter Brilliance 8 April 2010
This novel is a work of complete literary genius, Hemingway certainly writing at the standard which throws other acclaimed novelist's into shadow. Although some people may be excused for having trouble getting into Fiesta, it is inexcusable not to at least finish this novel.

As the plot progresses one is drawn into the lives of the main characters and the cultures of Spain, France and the Basque Country. The intricate detail and superb and eloquent methods Hemingway uses to tell the tale of Jake and his compatriots excels at making this a novel which will mark your life forever. It is a novel written that is outstanding and timeless for it distinctly interweaves perfectly the reader seamlessly into the life and times of the people whose lives we see play out before us.

I cannot possibly recommend this novel enough, don't pay attention to those philistines who don it merely with one star and sample the great work of Hemingway for yourself. You wont regret it.
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27 of 31 people found the following review helpful
By A Customer
Set in the mid-1920s, the story deals with the 'lost generation' of American and British expatriates who have settled in Paris to live in a moral wasteland of drunkenness and promiscuity. Centering on the relationship between its narrator, Jake Barnes, an American journalist rendered sexually impotent by a wound suffered during World War I, and Lady Brett Ashley, the queen of the pleasure-seekers, it explores with great pathos the anguish and inadequacy of love when robbed of its physical expression, and of the latter in the absence of an emotional attachment. In true Hemingway style, drinking, fishing and the bull-fight provide the framework. Yet its crowning glory is perhaps the strength of Hemingway's vivid narrative technique which draws the reader into every scene, and induces an almost personal bond with each of the brilliantly crafted characters. Warmth literally permeates the novel, despite the various calamities of its principal actors, and those privileged to have experienced it shall surely be devouring Hemingway's works for years to come.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Read The Book, Run With The Bulls 24 Jun 1998
By A Customer
Thank God for Paris and Spain and Hemingway. Read this story. You'll forget you're reading. You see Jake. You see Cohn with his broken nose. You see Brett in that sweater and your heart breaks. You see Pedro and the bull fight.
The problem is the number of people that now make their living giving their opinions about this book. Don't get caught up with what your high school teacher said, or deconstructionist professor said, or literary know-it-all, could-have-wrote-it-better said. Don't get caught up with all the journals and theses and textbooks that say it is not as well planned as "Across The River And Through the Trees," or a good beginning point for a literary mind, or that real people or real events are incorporated into the plot. Don't wander around in the "lost generation" crap or expatriated American garbage, or the impotence and what Freud would say and the myriad of other things that make people spout off Epicurean/Stoic history or analogies to the nth degree. Don't get sidetracked by the yappers who want to tell you what to think. If the yappers force themselves on you, merely respond "Isn't it nice to think so." The ones who know better will understand and be embarrassed, the ones who just can't get it will keep on yapping.
Just read the story and run with the bulls.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars CALL YOURSELF A BOOK? 25 July 2013
By Alex
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First understand this is NOTHING against Hemingway, only the publishers. No quotation marks in places so hard to distinguish between the narration and the dialogue; words misspelt; capitals in random places ... this is a joke of an edition. Do not buy from these publishers. Should have known by the names of 'spiritual classics' and 'get thinking'.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Superbly written, unworthy subject
This is the first Hemingway novel I have read, and I felt it was time I tried him out. His writing is superb, pared to the bone but summons up an absolutely vivid picture of his... Read more
Published 4 days ago by Desdemona
5.0 out of 5 stars A deserved classic modern American novel
I have managed to reach my eighth decade without reading any Hemingway. I now have more time available to do many of the things that I might have done better years ago. Read more
Published 23 days ago by D LEGGE
2.0 out of 5 stars Genius . Really?
In the cover blurb this is described as the first book where Hemingway's genius showed through. Really? Read more
Published 2 months ago by Nigel A M Seed
1.0 out of 5 stars Rubbish
No idea why people rave about this book I thought it was a complete load of rubbish. Don't waste your money
Published 2 months ago by valentine girl
3.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful writing but I didn't want a European tour guide.
Maybe 4 stars, I did enjoy it, I enjoy his writing style, clean, precise and beautifully told story, but I did find the endless inclusion of roads, streets, town names almost in... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Hooked Yarn
3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting
Product arrived in good time and was securely packaged. I found this one difficult to follow, and at time I had to skip through text because it was very graphic.
Published 3 months ago by KarenM
5.0 out of 5 stars a book that stays with you
I'm not a massive Ernest Hemingway fan--his depiction of women often leaves me cold--but this is, in my view, his best novel by a mile. Read more
Published 4 months ago by oldmum13
3.0 out of 5 stars Book Club Classic
I bought this to read for my Book Club, but never reached the end. Sorry Mr Hemmingway. Otherwise, delivery speed and product excellent.
Published 4 months ago by Mrs Lynne S Cook
5.0 out of 5 stars Hemingway my way
Honestly only read this classic because my daughter is reading it at Uni., but so pleased I did! The descriptions of France and Spain are wonderful and the characters are so rich... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Bookworm
3.0 out of 5 stars A slow pace without direction.
Excellent prose but the interplay between characters, in my humble opinion, is a bit prosiac. But who am I to criticize such a great author? Maybe its a generation thing.
Published 5 months ago by Richard Kinsella
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