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The Torrents of Spring

3.17  ·  Rating Details ·  2,423 Ratings  ·  207 Reviews
First published in 1926, The Torrents of Spring is a hilarious parody of the Chicago school of literature. Poking fun at that "great race" of writers, it depicts a vogue that Hemingway himself refused to follow. In style and substance, The Torrents of Spring is a burlesque of Sherwood Anderson's Dark Laughter, but in the course of the narrative, other literary tendencies a ...more
Paperback, 96 pages
Published 2004 by Scribner (first published January 1st 1926)
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Brian Willis
Jul 08, 2014 Brian Willis rated it liked it
Hemingway wrote this book in ten days in order to opt out of a dissatisfying contract and to sign with Scribner at the urging of F. Scott Fitzgerald (who makes a hilarious appearance in the book). Some have dismissed it as a satirical skewering of the the styles of the modern realists such as Anderson and dos Passos. And yes, while those elements are present, they do not come at the expense of Hemingway himself. For this is also Hemingway's own farewell to his roots: to Illinois and to his debt ...more
Matthew
Apr 10, 2011 Matthew rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This is Hemingway publicly mocking his friend and mentor, Sherwood Anderson. It is a harsh thing to insult the person to which you owe your first publishing deal, as well as much of your writing style, but if you have read much of the biographical material on Hemingway, you will know that he was a hugely selfish and egotistical person. The manuscript was later used to break from his publisher (the same as Anderson's) for a better deal from Scribner's.

But it is funny. Funny mostly due to it's abs
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Michael Bohli
Jan 01, 2017 Michael Bohli rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017
Das nennt man wohl, mit dem falschen Buch in das neue Jahr gestartet. Hemingway war schon lange auf meiner Liste, doch "Die Sturmfluten des Frühlings" war eindeutig keine gute Wahl um in das Schaffen des Herrn einzusteigen. Dieser kurze Roman ist nämliche eine satirische Abhandlung und ein Angriff des Autors auf seinen damaligen Verleger, seine Kollegen und eine Abrechnung mit Teilen seiner eigenen Herkunft. Somit gestaltet sich der Genuss sehr schmal, wenn man die Biografie von Ernest nicht ken ...more
Ben
Sep 18, 2012 Ben rated it did not like it
I first read this book in college, when I was consuming everything that Hemingway wrote and thought everything he wrote was spun gold. Even in that Hemingway hysteria, I hated this book. I thought that as an adult with a better appreciation for the literary world that Hemingway was lampooning I would like it more, and after reading it for a second time, I have no idea why I thought that and want to yell at me from five days ago. It's far worse than I remember it.

Do you need to spend a few hours
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Steven
Hilarious.
معتز عناني
ارنست همنجواي رمز في قصته بأسلوب رائع الي انسان الفطرة (الهندي ) الذي يأتي ويستبدله سكريسس اونيل في وطنه وهو انسان فقد مبادئه ( هجرتني زوجتي ) فيحتضن الحلم الامريكي ( الطائر الصغير ) برفعة الانسان الذي سريعاً ما يقابل في المطعم ( شهوة الانسان ) الاوروبيين الهاربين من حضارتهم البالية بسبب الحرب ( النادلة البريطانية ) اما عن الأم المفقودة ( الحضارة الانسانية ) واستبدالها بالرجل العسكري (الحضارة العسكرية ) . ثم يذهب سكريسس للعمل في مصنع المضحات العظيمة( الرأسمالية المتوحشة ) التي تنتج الطلقات بجان ...more
Dan
Dec 21, 2011 Dan rated it it was ok
I read this on the redeye and I wasn't really paying attention because Dennis Rodman was making a ruckus by the bathrooms. At any rate, I don't think satire was Hemingway's thing.

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Gary
May 08, 2009 Gary rated it really liked it
This book made me laugh outloud, numerous times. It's quite different then most Hemingway. It's not a serious book, it's kinda goofy,and I thought it was great fun.
Dux
Feb 18, 2017 Dux rated it it was ok
Shelves: literary-fiction
To be frank, it is a short little thing that I cannot quite classify as either good or bad but it is Hemingway and thus I was propelled through it all. The whole affair is very absurd to read, especially all the Author's notes that are left through out the text. Honestly, I could not say I would recommend this to be read by any folks who don't care to have a shelf filled with every Hemingway work. But I would recommend those who want an hour or two alone with some strange and baffling piece of w ...more
Drfine
Aug 08, 2010 Drfine rated it really liked it
The ratings of this book vary. Wildly. Some people complain about Hemingway's writing style. These people, of course, are misguided. (To each his own, I suppose, and the book *is* less refined than others of his works...) Other reviewers complain that the book is incomprehensible to them. They gripe that they are not familiar with the works that Hemingway was parodying; what an odd complaint to lay at an author's feet.

The latter criticism is unfortunate for another reason. Hemingway wrote Torre
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Brett Anderson
May 29, 2013 Brett Anderson rated it liked it
I liked it for odd reasons. If you are looking for something short by Ernest Hemingway, start with The Old Man and the Sea. If you are looking for something long, start with For Whom the Bell Tolls. If you are looking for something by him more obscure, try Islands in the Stream.

I think I liked this book most for the random historical insights I gathered. For example, I was entertained to learn that loin cloths were standard attire for native american factory workers at the time and place of the
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Georgia
Feb 28, 2016 Georgia rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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What can one say of The Torrents of Spring…?

This is not a classic Hemingway book. For those who know him and have read his books, this is not going to be one of their favorite. That said, let’s get into the book details.

The Torrents of Spring is a hilarious parody of the Chicago school of literature. Poking fun at that “great race” of writers, it depicts a vogue that Hemingway himself refused to follow. Rumor has it, he practically written this book in t
...more
Jake
Mar 31, 2010 Jake rated it it was ok
Shelves: novella
It's Hemingway's first novel and you can kind of tell. The style is like a college student doing a fairly decent, though sometimes poor, impression of Hemingway. The stillness of the world is there, as is the man trying to be a man, but it doesn't have the same resonating sound of Great America and the wild drink and conversation for the ages.

It's all very humdrum, but, in fleeting moments, it's Hemingway's version of humdrum. Other times, it's just really, really humdrum. The plot, the charact
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Simon
Aug 25, 2016 Simon rated it really liked it
Shelves: american
Written as parody, and partial rejection of his mentors, teachers and fellow writers of the 1920s, and partly to set off on his own as a writer. It reads like a parody (of itself almost) but it comes together and is as satisfying as many a more conventional novel. Things happen (plot) to people (characters) in specific places (settings). It may be fractured but there is a strange unity created out of this fracturing. I like almost all of the characters though I sense that Hemingway wrote them to ...more
Greg Z
Mar 28, 2016 Greg Z rated it it was ok
Shelves: reviewed
"What black thoughts he had been thinking! He had been on the verge of suicide." So writes Hemingway here in 1926. And in 1961 he does just that. The book jacket tells me this is "hilarious parody" but this to me is a prime example of a book that "has not aged well" at best, and is definitely sorta creepy. According to the book jacket, I was to find "hilarious parody." Perhaps with a doctorate in literature, I would have found it so (in 1926). Then again, for Hemingway to parody other writers so ...more
Jane
Mar 20, 2016 Jane rated it did not like it
I give this 1.5 stars. I guess he did successfully make fun of the novel Anderson wrote, the friend who introduced him to all of the influential expats in Paris that helped him launch his career. The book by Anderson was annoying and terrible in my opinion and so was the Torrents of Spring. I'm embarrassed for Hemingway though for making fun of Anderson's repetition and simple word usage considering he worked so hard to put in word repetition into his own writing. Satire is less effective when i ...more
Mahmoud Nagahy
Oct 16, 2016 Mahmoud Nagahy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
همنجواي هو رائد اُسلوب المحاكاة في الكتابة . لا يكف عن الركض ابدا . لا يسقط الا ( عند الرحيل )
وفي ركضه بحثا عما يمكن اعادة ترتيبه أدبيا يكون جامحا ( فطريا ) فيمتع و يقنع . ثم يمارس سلطانه الأدبي في تشويه ما تم رصده فتكون كتاباته عبثية في جوهرها . واقعية في اثرها .
يتلاعب بالحقيقة و يتلاعب بالقارئ بساخر أسلوبه .
يشفي غليله من أساتذته ( على طريقته ) و يشفى نهم القارئ من ساحر أسلوبه .
ومن آثار سلطانه انك ( بغير وعي منك ) تكون من اتباعه مأخوذا به على حين غرة ادبية . فيستقوى بك على الروائيين وتستقوي
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Kirsty
Mar 17, 2009 Kirsty rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was my first Hemingway. I'm not really sure what I was expecting, but it certainly wasn't this.

I found it funny in places, however I didn't really 'get' most of it. From reading other reviews, it seems that Hemingway was trying to make fun of other works/authors. Maybe if I'd read those I would have understood it more.

It was ok for what it was, but nothing special. Again, from other reviews it seems I should read more from him, and not take this as a true reflection of his work.
Gerardo B.
Creo que es lo primero que leo de Hemingway y no me gusta. Lo encontré torpe, los diálogos, aunque tienen el estilo propio del autor, no logran la potencia que tiene en obras posteriores. La prosa es algo desordenada, la historia parece no ir a ningún lado e incluso después de terminarlo no estoy seguro de si iba a un lado en particular. Es más como un chiste interno que otra cosa.
Fathi
Dec 19, 2016 Fathi rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
ببساطة ارنست همنجواي كان بيهزر في الرواية دي ..
الملفت ان الرواية تاني رواية ليه وهو عنده الشجاعة أن يبث كمية العبث دا للقارئ .. شيء ملفت جدا
Mitchelle R Jansen
Oct 12, 2013 Mitchelle R Jansen rated it it was amazing
Shelves: classics
A book that gets your heart racing and then suddenly the author cuts you off ruining the moment.
I hated the beginning.... but as the book progressed, I must say, Hemingway and his antics paid off.
Henry
Jul 15, 2015 Henry rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
All great writers have to start somewhere...even Hemingway.
Matt
Nov 27, 2011 Matt rated it liked it
Even on my second read 20 years later this is a weird one-off book from Hemingway... glad he got it out of his system (and that there was only one like it in the system!).
Delara Hazegh f
اصلا انگار همینگوی نبود :/
ناراضی ام
Estela
Dec 28, 2015 Estela rated it did not like it
I honestly don't feel anything towards it.
It was written to mock the authors and the writing style of that time, which I haven't read much of , so I failed to understand the humor.
Sylvie Spraakman
Sep 09, 2013 Sylvie Spraakman rated it it was amazing
Just funny! I don't even get all the references, because I'm not a 1920s era author, but poking fun at establishment and pretentiousness resonates with all generations.
Pink
Nov 18, 2014 Pink rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I didn't hate it, but less than a month on and I can't remember a single thing.
Timothy Boyd
Feb 12, 2016 Timothy Boyd rated it did not like it
This is an absolutely horrible book. The fact Hemingway wrote it only makes it worse in my eyes. Avoid this book at all costs.
Licia
Jun 14, 2017 Licia rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Un Hemingway ancora acerbo, ma che già fa notare la sua vena circa la critica sociale e letteraria. Un Hemingway appena tornato dall'esperienza bellica, che passa le sue giornate a Parigi a bere e scrivere, cercando di lasciarsi alle spalle un trauma come quello della guerra e scrive di personaggi che hanno combattuto la guerra e che ora non hanno più un vero motivo di vivere. Torrente di primavera è un'opera veloce ma che lascia molto da pensare al lettore, anche grazie alle numerose note dell' ...more
Kelly
Mar 24, 2017 Kelly rated it really liked it
I sort of loved this. It's completely absurd. There's little to no plot or character development, and I kind of want to buy a copy to have the next time I need to be reminded to not take things too seriously.
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