The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway

If this were written today, it would be about the Kardashians. The rich, youngish characters spend all their time traveling, drinking and fucking – 100 years ago that was called disillusionment, angst, and moral bankruptcy, but today that’s called reality TV. This once-shocking behaviour has become our norm in less than a century; only fifty years to go before we start drinking at the milk bar before a night of ultraviolence.



A poignant look at the disillusionment and angst of the post-World War I generation, the novel introduces two of Hemingway’s most unforgettable characters: Jake Barnes and Lady Brett Ashley. The story follows the flamboyant Brett and the hapless Jake as they journey from the wild nightlife of 1920s Paris to the brutal bullfighting rings of Spain with a motley group of expatriates. It is an age of moral bankruptcy, spiritual dissolution, unrealized love, and vanishing illusions.