The Sun Also Rises , by Ernest Hemingway. Another English syllabus special, Hemingway’s tight prose and peerless storytelling are somehow more resonant when you are reading it on your own. Or as my colleague Matt put it: “I couldn’t keep my eyes open for more than five pages of Hemingway growing up, but for some reason I picked this up in my post-graduation haze and was mesmerized.
How To Tell If You're In A Hemingway Novel. I suggest we add "You're a 50 year old former military man having an affair with a 19 year old Italian girl because that happens. Often. You're just that great."
Not only can you get your literary passport stamped twice with Hemingway's romp through Paris and Pamplona, but you can enjoy an immersive mood piece about the highs and lows of drunken, rambling youth.