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Men Without Women

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CLASSIC SHORT STORIES FROM THE MASTER OF AMERICAN FICTION First published in 1927, Men Without Women represents some of Hemingway's most important and compelling early writing. In these fourteen stories, Hemingway begins to examine the themes that would occupy his later works: the casualties of war, the often uneasy relationship between men and women, sport and sportsmansh ...more
Paperback, 153 pages
Published 2004 by Scribner (first published January 1st 1928)
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The Great Gatsby by F. Scott FitzgeraldWinnie-the-Pooh by A.A. MilneAll Quiet on the Western Front by Erich Maria RemarqueSiddhartha by Hermann HesseThe Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway
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Sep 21, 2015 Jana rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fiction
There is this story from Hemingway called 'Hills like white elephants' and my English teacher gave it to me when I was 16. It is still one of the best pieces of literature I have ever read. I give it to my students as well, not to all of them, but to adults and those who can intellectually digest it. Every time I do it, I learn something new although I know this story by heart but Hemingway confuses readers with setting and symbolism and when you have something very confusing in front of you, yo ...more
Jan 08, 2012 Shovelmonkey1 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: real men and hard drinkers
Hemingway was born into a period when men were still fully expected to indulge in manly sports such as fishing and fighting and watching animals getting massacred in entertaining ways (all of which were presumably improved if there was a handy cerveza or scotch to hand). A time when men approached the acts of love and the acts of war with the same head on determination because life is brief and you never know when your number might be up (or your tackle might get blown off by either a Communist ...more
Apr 13, 2009 Brad rated it really liked it
An Alpine Idyll -- The most striking image from any story in Hemingway's Men Without Women is that of the peasant man chopping and gathering wood in the lantern light, with the lantern dangling from the open mouth of his dead and frozen wife.

It is such a fitting image, considering the title of Hemingway's book, but I have never been bothered by the image, nor the action, as so many seem to be.

The peasant and his wife lived a hard life. We know that. And he was an ex-soldier who'd likely witnesse
Published in 1927, this is Hemingway's 2nd group of short stories. This collection contains 14 stories and these were quite good. Of course there is a story about bullfighting and one about boxing, as you would expect. But they've got that Hemingway flair or style that is unique and very recognizable. Another story that was very poignant about a girl on the train, on the way to get an abortion, and her discussion with her lover, although they don't directly say that's what they are doing. All in ...more
I'm not really sure I see Hemingway's brilliance just yet. An idea or a quote will flit through when you least expect it and then the spark just goes out.
I love how he strips his stories of everything but the bare fundamentals, and sets it so that you never know what the story actually is. It quietly lurks behind the lines and pages, waiting for those who want to find it, and then bloody runs away when you think you've caught it. You just cannot win. It took me three reads to understand Hills Li
I'm not especially keen on short stories: if they're good, I can't read too many in quick succession because it's disorienting, and if they're not good... I don't really want to read them.

It may be blasphemous to many, but this collection was in the latter camp, hence it took me a long time to read a very short book. I just couldn't engage with the characters, plots (I hate bullfighting and boxing, which set me against a couple of them) or writing style, the latter being mostly such short senten
Oct 18, 2015 Ziba rated it liked it
Extract from Ten Indians:

“My heart’s broken,” he thought. “If I feel this way my heart must be broken.”
After a while he heard his father blow out the lamp and go into his own room. He heard a wind come up in the trees outside and felt it come in cool through the screen. He lay for a long time with his face in the pillow, and after a while he forgot to think about Prudence and finally he went to sleep. When he awoke in the night he heard the wind in the hemlock trees outside the cottage and the
Oct 31, 2013 Lisa rated it really liked it
Shelves: b-n-50, bbc-100
I'm not good at short stories. It is a literary form that has eluded me, just as the story gets good; it ENDS!
Hemingway writes short stories that feel like snap shots; you see the young couple in the cafe, the boy trying to contain his broken heart, the injured soldiers. But the contact is brief, you look at them and draw conclusions about their lives based on body language, facial expression, their manner of speech and their interactions with the world. But a snapshot does not tell you what hap
Apr 12, 2014 Mala rated it really liked it

Recommended for: Tough guys with a gentle heart.

The blurb on the cover read " In these tales shorn of sensitivity and femininity,one meets real men–gunslingers, bullfighters,soldiers, jockeys,gangsters--," I stopped there,frowning--aren't doctors,academics,bankers (ok,not bankers) real men too?

Ah,but then you have to remember Hemingway's culture of machismo*: these are 'real men' cause they've looked death in the eye,they have gone to the edge & come back- mortally wounded yet never concedin
Mar 17, 2015 Byurakn rated it it was amazing
I think Hemingway's short stories are underestimated. Most of them are as good as his novels and some of them are even better.
Jan 01, 2014 Martha rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What rock have I been under? I had no idea there were short stories within Men Without Women, this small book of 137 pages. I had just finished For Whom the Bell Tolls and found this book. I thought, “Oh, Ernest Hemingway, I’ll like this novella. I will read it quickly to add to my 2013 Reading Challenge.” Uh, not! These short stories by Ernest Hemingway were the toughest short stories I have ever read; I haven’t worked my brain as much as I have with these. They seem so simple at first, easy di ...more
May 07, 2012 Tfitoby rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: lit, short-stories
My first taste of Hemingway and his much praised writing style. The stories from this collection, and especially The Killers, are very good examples of slice of life narratives. I love how backstory is implied for the characters and events and every story leaves you contemplating what will follow.

I did however feel let down by possibly the two weakest stories closing the collection which left a bad flavour in the mouth of an otherwise highly enjoyable experience.

Both movie adaptations of The Kil
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خب، زبان شما را خوب نميدانم.
اولا كه خوب حرف مي زنيد. دوما حرف زدن هم بلد نباشيد، فرق نمي كند. شما ميخواهيد عروسي كنيد، نه اينكه حرف بزنيد."

جنگ، جنگ، جنگ! داستان هاي كوتاه او به وسيله موضوع مشتركشان كه "جنگ" است وحدت مي يابند. لذت مطالعه آثارش دقايقي بعد از پايان يافتن اثر حس مي شود! گويي تلن
Dec 08, 2014 Falina rated it did not like it
I am so indifferent to this book. I honestly don't understand why people love Hemingway or what meaning they find in stories like these. They just seemed so inconsequential to me.
Joey Gold
May 02, 2013 Joey Gold rated it really liked it
To begin reading this book, one must loosen his "godlike" or "iconic" image of Hemingway for a better experience – that is if one has this type of common misassumption about the author. If you begin reading this book with a bias view of Hemingway you juxtaposed from countless sources claiming he was a superior genius, the most groundbreaking writer since Shakespeare, etc., you will feel deeply disappointed when you'll find out a rather simple yet often neglected fact; Hemingway was very, very, h ...more
Mar 23, 2015 մարիօ rated it really liked it
Հեմինգուեյից լիքը մարդիկ բողոքում են մանրուքների մեջ շատ խորանալու համար, բայց ես հենց դա էլ սիրում եմ իր մեջ: Ինձ մեկ-մեկ նենց պետք են էդ մանրուքները, ժամերով նկարագրությունները, ձվածեղի գույնը, խմիչքի համը, երկար-բարակ խոսակցությունները, ես իրանց կարիքը շատ հաճախ եմ ունենում կարդալիս ու հա՛, սիրում եմ Հեմինգուեյին, որովհետև էդ նկարագրությունները, գույները, չափերն ու քանակները իմ համար կարևոր են: Վերնագիրն ու առանց կանանց տղամարդկանց պատմվածքների միտքը շատ լավն էր: Հեմինգուեյ պապի, գրկեմ: ^_^ ^ ...more
Matt Eckel
Sep 25, 2007 Matt Eckel rated it really liked it
Style vs. Substance, that's the ongoing debate. In this collection I'd have to say that Style is the main event -- which isn't to say there aren't some good stories in there -- but in my opinion, the action takes a back seat to the rhythm of the writing itself.

Used to teach Hills Like White Elephants and Ten Indians, subsequently they're my favorite. Chosen for their thematic content and (admittedly) their brevity, these are a great way to introduce students to the idea of subtext: almost boring
Ira Nadhirah
Aug 19, 2015 Ira Nadhirah rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Setiap ending cerita dalam buku ini akan buatkan kau berhenti sebentar dan baring menghadap siling. Termenung dan senyum.
Maryam F
Aug 24, 2014 Maryam F rated it it was ok
راستش من نفهمیدم این کتاب دقیقا چی بود؟! یه تعدادی داستان کوتاه؟
نه بابا داستان کوتاه نبود... خاطرات همینگوی؟ خب به خاطره بیشتر می موند... یا شایدم افکار همینگوی که در هر زمان به یادش می اومده اونا رو سریع یادداشت می کرده؟! والله منکه نفهمیدم و از خوندنش لذت نبردم
اما به این معنی نیست که از خریدن این کتاب پشیمونم... آخه مترجم توانای کشورمون آقای اسدالله امرایی که این کتابو هم ترجمه کردن ( و اونو قابل تحمل تر کردن واقعا) در نمایشگاه کتاب در غرفه نشر افق حضور داشتن و کتابو برام امضا کردن
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Mar 14, 2015 George rated it really liked it
Shelves: 20th-century
Τον Νοέμβριο του 2011 πρωτογνώρισα το έργο του μεγάλου και τρανού Έρνεστ Χέμινγουεϊ διαβάζοντας το Ο γέρος και η θάλασσα, που είναι με διαφορά η πιο πολυδιαβασμένη ιστορία του. Θυμάμαι ότι μου είχε αφήσει καλές εντυπώσεις σε γενικές γραμμές, αλλά επίσης ότι δεν με ενθουσίασε και τόσο. Τώρα μόλις τελείωσα το δεύτερο βιβλίο, την συλλογή διηγημάτων Άνδρες χωρίς γυναίκες, νομίζω μια πολύ καλή ευκαιρία για να γνωρίσει κανείς τον συγγραφέα.

Ούτε τώρα ενθουσιάστηκα βέβαια, όμως, διάολε, το στιλ της γρα
It's always difficult to review or even talk about short story collections, this is because most collections have some bad ones mixed in with the good. Hemingway however, gives the reader a pretty solid selection in "Men Without Women". Like the title suggests, this collection focuses almost entirely on men... without women. This overtly testosterone-fuelled ride through the 1920's harkens back to an earlier time in which men were defined by their daring exploits. This Arthurian-like masculinity ...more
Anne  (Booklady) Molinarolo
First published in 1927, MEN WITHOUT WOMEN is a collection of short stories that foreshadows Ernest Hemingway’s later books. As the title implies, not many women appear in the stories with one exception where a couple discusses abortion in “Hills Like White Elephants”. The dialogue is so breathtakingly beautiful; that I cried knowing the un-named women was so conflicted. Her pain and confusion leapt off the page.

Nick Adams makes an appearance in “Ten Indians” and gets his heart broken when he f
Feb 23, 2012 Jay rated it really liked it
I read more short stories in 2011 than I had read in all the past 30 years. Not only did I read more short stories, the ones I read were extraordinarily rewarding: Tim Winton’s The Turning and Colm Tóibín’s The Empty Family to name two of the exceptional. I could easily add Hemingway’s stories published in this early volume to that list.

Men Without Women was Hemingway's second published collection of short stories (1927), appearing after In Our Time (1925) and his novel, The Sun Also Rises (1926
Ian Wilkinson
Apr 11, 2012 Ian Wilkinson rated it really liked it
This collection of short stories puts a twist on the more modern books we read. It consists of 14 short stories, ranging from lanterns hanging from a dead women's mouth to men's emotions themselves. Death, struggle between men and women, and sportsmanship are common themes throughout these stories. In "Hills Like White Elephants," a couple discusses the traumatic decision of abortion. It gives you another outlook on life, that is if you haven't experienced abortion first-hand. You learn both sid ...more
John Defrog
Jan 22, 2016 John Defrog rated it it was ok
Ernest Hemingway is one of those authors that gets namedropped a lot by authors I like, but I’ve only ever read one short story, “Hills Like White Elephants” (included in this collection), which was for a literature class that overanalyzed it to the point of sucking all the joy out of the story. I came across this for half-price and decided it was time to give Hemingway a proper try. And I’ve concluded that maybe Hemingway isn’t for me. There’s no doubt he was a brilliant writer whose economic p ...more
Sona Petrossian
Mar 10, 2015 Sona Petrossian rated it really liked it
Հեմինգուեյը ուրիշ ա՜...
14 պատմվածք ամփոփված մի ժողովածուի մեջ, 14 տարբեր պատմվածք հասարակ մարդկանց կենցաղի մասին: Յուրաքանչյուր պատմվածքի ենթատեքստը մտածված ա շատ լավ ու կարդալուց հետո մի պահ կանգ ես առնում ու մտածում, կամ, ընդհանրապես, երկրորդ անգամ ես կարդում :D
Ես ժողովածուից հատուկ առանձնացնում եմ 2 պատմվածք. HILLS LIKE WHITE ELEPHANTS և NOW I LAY ME...կարդացել եմ մի քանի անգամ ու հիացել Հեմինգուեյի վարպետությամբ:
Jigar Brahmbhatt
Aug 09, 2011 Jigar Brahmbhatt rated it really liked it
Shelves: favorites
Sparse, tough, and meticulously handled, these short stories are classic Hemingway. I remember reading 'Old man and the sea' when I was in my second year in college. It was my first serious foray into literature and to be honest I couldn't grab the actual flavor of what Hemingway was. Returning back to this giant of words after a gap of ten years, I am weak-kneed with admiration. I regret I haven't read much of him. With minimalist prose, he has an ability to pack a hundred emotions in few lines ...more
Anna Baines
Jul 15, 2015 Anna Baines rated it it was ok
So I read this book in order to give Hemingway one more shot. I figured that as a winner of both the Nobel and Pulitzer prizes for literature, I should at least give this great American author a couple of chances to spark my interest and capture my imagination and respect. No such luck. His terse style quickly becomes monotonous, his characters are one-dimensional and dull, and I often miss the underlying message behind his dry stories - not because I am an uninvolved reader, but because he trie ...more
Isha Varma
Jan 23, 2016 Isha Varma rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own-it, 2016
Although I'm not a big fan of old man and the sea, what kept me hooked was the extent of simplicity and honesty Hemingway has portrayed through his choice of words. I really like the fact that the characters are genuine and the situations, relatable. My favorites are a canary for one and now I lay me. This book's a definite good read.
John Eliot
Jul 24, 2015 John Eliot rated it it was amazing
I'm not a great short story reader I like to get my teeth into a story. But there again I love poetry, and these stories from Hemingway are as poetry. He writes like a poet would write a story. Magnificent.
John Eliot, author of chapbook, Ssh.
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Ernest Miller Hemingway was an American author and journalist. His economical and understated style had a strong influence on 20th-century fiction, while his life of adventure and his public image influenced later generations. Hemingway produced most of his work between the mid-1920s and the mid-1950s, and won the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1954. He published seven novels, six short story collec ...more
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