The Sun Also Rises
Jake Barnes and Brett Ashley are two of Hemingway's most well-known characters. The novel examines the disenchantment of the post-war generation as it follows the expatriates through Spanish bullfights to Paris jazz clubs. Hemingway's classic story of the Lost Generation has been banned around the US, and Hemingway's works were burned in Germany in the 1930s, for being "monuments to modern decadence."
First published in 1926, The Sun Also Rises is the first novel of Hemingway and it expresses the misfortunes of some young people who wander in Europe after World War I. The novel introduces two of Hemingway’s most unforgettable characters: U.S. journalist Jake Barnes and British Lady Brett Ashley. Jake was injured in the war and also lost sexual capacity while Brett also lost her families in the war. They love each other but cannot go together. Another U.S. man who is pursuing Brett is U.S. writer Robert who has romantic fantasy to life but actually he is old and decayed in thought. It expresses the physiological hurt and mental hurt brought by the war. Mrs. Stein told Hemingway that “”you are all a lost generation”” and Hemingway takes this sentence as inscription for this book. Therefore, this book becomes representative work of “”lost generation””.