Fashion Book: The Sun Also Rises
Last week, I got a craving for Hemingway. It was almost like a craving for ice cream–nothing else would do. So I pulled The Sun Also Rises from one of our book shelves and dug in. It’s one of those books that many people read in high school or college English classes, but I just never got around to for whatever reason. I’m really glad I read it–it not only satisfied my Hemingway craving, but it was funny, evocative, and poignant. I wasn’t expecting it to be so funny, but I found myself giggling pretty much every time Bill Gordon had a line. Funny guy, that Bill.
At its core, it’s a very sad story. I couldn’t read some of the bull fighting parts because it was too graphic for me, but I loved the idea, that kind of romantic trip to Pamplona to see the bull fights and party all day and night. In so many ways it was a simpler time. Sometimes I wish I could just take off from my life and go live in Europe for a couple of years, writing and drinking with other glamorous expats. There’s just not enough of that anymore.
The one real female character is Lady Brett Ashley, a whirlwind heroine who drinks, smokes, and beds like a man. Jake Barnes, the voice of the novel, is in love with her, and she’s in love with him, but they dance around their love for the entirety of the novel, pretending it’s not there, and you know that they’ll never stop.
Here’s what I think Brett would wear if she were around today: