The Sun Also Rises (Book - Audio) I never really warmed to Ernest Hemingway's The Sun Also Rises until I heard William Hurt's damned fine narration of that iconic 1926 novel, one… The Sun Also Rises (Book - Audio) I never really warmed to Ernest Hemingway's The Sun Also Rises until I heard William Hurt's damned fine narration of that iconic 1926 novel, one… Simon & Schuster
Book Review

The Sun Also Rises

EW's GRADE
B+

Details Publisher: Simon & Schuster

I never really warmed to Ernest Hemingway's The Sun Also Rises until I heard William Hurt's damned fine narration of that iconic 1926 novel, one of a handful of terrific new audiobooks read by celebrated actors. I always found the romance between Jake Barnes, sexually sidelined by that mysterious war wound, and world-weary Lady Brett Ashley (''Oh, darling, I'm so miserable!'') the tiniest bit silly, their offhand anti-Semitism off-putting, and Hemingway's famously lean prose inert. And to some extent I still do. But after eight mellow hours savoring Hurt's thoughtful interpretation, I can finally feel the weight of Lost Generation anomie, generate a twinge of real pity for Jake's plight, and appreciate Hemingway's dry humor.

Originally posted Nov 24, 2006 Published in issue #909 Dec 01, 2006 Order article reprints
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