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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
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Published 2004 by Scribner (first published January 1st 1994)
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Shovelmonkey1
Jan 08, 2012 Shovelmonkey1 rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  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
Jana
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
Brad
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...more
Fatin
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...more
Mala

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...more
Tfitoby
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...more
Martha
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
Cecily
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...more
Joey Gold
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
Kourosh
"بايد حتما زن بگيريد. چرا يك دختر پولدار خوشگل ايتاليايي گير نمي آوريد؟ لب كه تر كني همه با سر مي آيند. جوان نيستي كه هستي. خوشگل و خوش هيكل نيستي كه هستي. مدال هم كه گرفته ايد. تازه چند دفعه هم زخمي شده ايد.
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...more
Matt Eckel
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...more
Lisa
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...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...more
Jay
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...more
Ian Wilkinson
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
Jigar Brahmbhatt
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
Curt
Men without Women, a collection of Hemingway's early short stories, is hit and miss. In some you find traces of his future voice, while others are typical of the banal stories you find in any college Creative Writing class. Hemingway does best when writing about men in decline. "The Undefeated", "Fifty Grand", and "The Killers" are worth reading.
Matthew
Hemingway displays his prowess for brevity and does it in a fantastically successful fashion. Hills Like White Elephants is a classic and has never ceased to impress me each time I read it again. A Simple Enquiry was another brilliant piece, and was quickly added to my list of favorites. Ten Indians was another story that won my affection, but I would honestly have trouble saying something negative about any of these stories. I also had a lot of appreciation for the challenge he took on in Fifty...more
Jill Furedy
To be fair, I picked this up having hated reading Old Man and the Sea in high school. I thought there was clearly something I was missing about Hemingway and I should give him a second chance. I intended to read a few 'classics' this year and had decided on A Farewell to Arms, but when I went to the library it was checked out and I saw this and figured, short stories were an easier way to go. It was likely a quicker read, but again, I got nothing out of it. I had no interest in picking it back u...more
Becca Loo
I liked most of the stories and didn't find them as chauvinistic as i thought they'd be. i like when he writes about bullfighting because when men act like reckless proud apes they get killed or maimed and he makes it look valiant. then there's the weird "in another country" which feels like a dream. he uses "nick" again and this time he's hurt in battle and sent to a hospital where he meets another guy who's hurt who tells him never to marry cause it will only cause him pain but in the end we f...more
Andy Miller
A collection of Hemingway's early short stories, originally published as a collection in 1927. I think Hemingway was a great writer despite, or perhaps because of his personal flaws

You can read these different stories, they're good reading just for the simple narrative but also good when you think beyond to his sparse writing style for his deeper message. A good example is CHE TI DICE LA PATRIA, which tells of a trip the Hemingway character and a friend take into Italy, good writing but when you...more
معتز
هيمنغواي مجددًا.

الملاحظ أنني بدأت قراءة هذه المجموعة في نهاية مارس الماضي وها أنا أنهيه اليوم، فما كان مقرر هو أسبوع لهيمنغواي و 3 مجموعات قصصية له.
لكن لنقل أنني فشلت في مسعاي هذا.
..

لنتحدث عن مجموعة رجال بلا نساء.
فالواقع تحت يدي نسخة مترجمة صادرة عن وزارة الثقافة لعام 1967.
وهي علي عكس النسخة الإنجليزية تحتوي علي 10 قصص قصيرة لا 14 وهم
1- في وطن أخر
2- تلال مثل الفيلة البيضاء
3- القتلة
4- ماذا تقول عن هذا الوطن
5- استفسار بسيط
6- الهنود العشرة
7- عصفور الكناريا
8- جبال الألب الجميلة
9- سباق تتابع
10- قصة...more
Craig a.k.a Meatstack
After about 100 pages in, I began to refer to this book as textual Lunesta. I would read two or three paragraphs, and then an absinthe colored moth would fly in and land on my shoulder. Several hours later I would awake, covered in my own drool, and my book light out of batteries.

So I wonder why this book bored me as it did. It's a collection of short stories, so I should feel some sort of payoff after each one. But that just wasn't the case. Sure, some did..but only about half.

Hemingway's writ...more
William
The Killers is definitely my favorite except for the n-bomb. Such a pity that Hemmingway has to be such an asshole. I shouldn't let him get away with it, but damn it's a good story. I, of course, knowing my writing, loved the one about abortion. Che Ti Dice La Patria? was also great. Maybe my second fav. I liked how it ended with kind of a punch line. I noticed a lot of rule breaking that a creative writing group would bring up and critique: long strings of dialogue without beats, punchlines for...more
Peter
Its a collection of short stories, and some of them were great, and others just so-so. I'm sure that I would enjoy some of them more with a little more information, social connection, context, or whatever.

I've been reading a lot about gender studies lately, and its amusing to read a book that predates the ideas of gender as being socially constructed. Hemingway didn't need a lot of academic research to tell him that they were mostly crap theories.

It starts with a bull fighter, and the guy is all...more
Monthly Book Group
There was universal acclaim for “Men Without Women” from the group This included some who had not enjoyed previous encounters with Hemingway, and some of whom did not normally like the short story format. What did we like about it?

The concentrated, chiselled story-telling, which could reveal a whole world in just a few pages. Thus the “Undefeated”, in which the whole bull-fighting system, with the roles and attitudes of all the participants, was brought to life. Every single word counted, as in...more
Katrina
I haven't read much Hemingway. This summer I read In Our Time, one of his collections of short stories (and his first work published in the US). It left me deeply impressed, but with a sad, uncomprehending impression. There is no doubt why he became known as "the voice of the lost generation." When I picked up Men Without Women from the library and discovered it was once again a collection of his short stories and once again hosted similar (and some of the same) characters, I must confess I sigh...more
Jake Kilroy
Somewhere, in the quiet of the world, you can probably hear Hemingway talking. What made me notice this was Woody Allen's film Midnight In Paris and the actor Corey Stoll's portrayal of the great barrel-chested writer. In the movie, he talks exactly how he writes, which is constantly and precisely rambling the causes and effects of the world. You love, therefore you are a lover. You hunt, therefore you are a man. You roam, therefore you adventurous. He sees what is and what makes of it. For as q...more
Mark Flores
I admire Ernest Hemingway’s genius when it comes to novels. In my opinion, his novels are the best novels ever written and I doubt any writer could ever better A Farewell to Arms. But as much as I admire his longer works, it’s different with his short stories. There are some which are as genius as his novels, like “The Killers,” “A Clean, Well-Lighted Place,” and “The Short Happy Life of Francis Macomber,” but taken as a whole, his short stories, I think, are not as good as his novels. His famou...more
Tom
Oct 23, 2011 Tom rated it 5 of 5 stars Recommends it for: Men at a crossroads
Recommended to Tom by: Bookseller
This is a great collection by a true master observer of life in his era. While many view the the "Roaring 20s" as a good time for all, Hemingway introduces us to the real folk who struggle with real life. For most of the characters in these stories, it's about circumstances driving choices with a form of accountability at the end. In many cases however, we are simply given to react our environment and the people in our lives. Still, there are those blasted choices, even from long ago, that shape...more
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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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