A few words can go a long way

Ernest Hemingway’s novel The Sun Also Rises is not a brilliant novel.  Sometimes it wanders and seems less focused.  Other times the dialogue and the description of the scenery is beautiful and masterful.  I have read this novel twice and each time I wondered how a writer can write so sparingly and yet tell such complicated stories.  Every word matters.  Furthermore, Hemingway mixes in complex characters.  Jake Barnes and his friends are shallow, witty, sensitive, callous, caring, and wonderfully flawed, which make them fascinating for the reader.

This novel didn’t wow me.  I didn’t pause after every sentence and think, “How beautiful.”  And yet I loved this book.  I enjoy Hemingway’s sentence structure.  I cherish the deception of his writing.  A few words can say so much.

About TBM

TB Markinson is an American who's recently returned to the US after a seven-year stint in the UK and Ireland. When she isn't writing, she's traveling the world, watching sports on the telly, visiting pubs in New England, or reading. Not necessarily in that order. Her novels have hit Amazon bestseller lists for lesbian fiction and lesbian romance. She cohosts the Lesbians Who Write Podcast (lesbianswhowrite.com) with Clare Lydon. TB also runs I Heart Lesfic (iheartlesfic.com), a place for authors and fans of lesfic to come together to celebrate lesbian fiction.
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