Ernest Hemingway’s debut novel, the hard-boiled, 1926 roman à clef The Sun Also Rises, entered the public domain on January 1, 2022.
W.S. Cole Press is pleased to offer this important work as a free Progressive Web Book, our new e-book format that can be read and searched on any browser-enabled device and with or without an Internet connection.
Though Hemingway did not consider himself a modernist, the stripped-down style of The Sun Also Rises marked a distinctly new approach to American literature that continues to exert a powerful—if sometimes deleterious—influence on amateur and professional writers alike. And this despite the fact that the novel has not aged well; it includes not only a grossly antisemitic portrayal of a major character, but also racist and homophobic language.
Why then, despite its flaws, is The Sun Also Rises still worth reading? In part, because it continues to provide an escape. Hemingway’s “moveable fiesta” of sun-soaked summer days and endless gastronomic delights still captivates, especially during an era in which smartphones have killed the all-day art of doing nothing.
It also remains a timeless character study of young, dipsomaniac WASPs and divorcées abroad, and a powerful portrayal of the idle rich’s peculiar habit of breaking the beautiful and corrupting the pure, in this case a brilliant nineteen-year-old matador.
You cannot read The Sun Also Rises without feeling the heat of Spain and of adultery; without tasting the sting of absinthe and of expatriate gossip; or without falling under the drunken sway of American wealth.
Pour a glass then, steel yourself, and enjoy.