Saturday, July 15, 2006

Here come the bulls!

Just back from Fiestaland

Bulls on the rampage in Pamplona bullring
Also just finished ploughing my way through Ernest Hemingway's The Sun Also Rises. Was it a deliberate literary ploy to capture the ennui of his characters' empty lives by boring his readers to tears?

The story only really picks up in the last few chapters where Jake & co. reach the fiesta, but then peters out. The dialogue that makes up the majority of the book is humdrum and largely tedious; little of the dramatic Basque landscape is captured in anything like the style of, say, Tom Wolfe.

Are all Hemingway's books this bad? Please save me the effort if you have been similarly disappointed by commenting below…

1 comment:

Terri said...

Do you know the chicken joke done in the style of Hemingway?
"Why did the chicken cross the road?
To die. In the rain. Alone."
I'd stick to the short stories.