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The Snows of Kilimanjaro and Other Stories

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The ideal introduction to the genius of Ernest Hemingway, "The Snows of Kilimanjaro and Other Stories" contains ten of Hemingway's most acclaimed and popular works of short fiction. Selected from "Winner Take Nothing, Men Without Women, " and "The Fifth Column and the First Forty-Nine Stories, " this collection includes "The Killers," the first of Hemingway's mature storie ...more
Paperback, 159 pages
Published 1968 by Penguin Books (first published 1936)
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It was never what he had done, but always what he could do. (6)

Air. Fresh air. Clarity for the mind. A pause. Another view. Many things. Many things can be found in a white landscape. The snow hides many secrets. The beginning and the end of everything, there, on the top of Kilimanjaro. Harry knows it now. A little too late.
Wait, it is never too late, you say? Nonsense. Sometimes it is

A couple, Harry and Helen. They are in Africa. He is dying of gangrene; she is by his side, taki
Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽
I picked up this collection of ten Ernest Hemingway short stories when I was looking for Literature (with a capital L) to suggest to my real-life book club for its monthly read (whoever is hosting book club that month is responsible for nominating 5 or 6 books, and then everyone in attendance votes). Poor Hemingway was a no-vote-getter; North and South won in a landslide. But since (a) I'd already brought this book home from the library, (b) I like short stories, and (c) I felt like I needed to ...more
Reading Hemingway, for me, feels like panning for gold. At the beginning I am really enthusiastic. People have told me about the gold, I believe in the gold, and I want to find it. After the first couple stony pages, my excitement starts to waver. Where is this aforesaid treasure? My attention wanders off. My interest is fading. I'm almost inclined to call it off. There's nothing there for me. But I keep panning, because of this disbelief that I may not be able to discover what so many have befo ...more
'Why, I loved you. That's not fair. I love you now. I'll always love you Don't you love me?"
"No," said the man. "I don't think so. I never have."
"Harry, what are you saying? You're out of your head."
"No. I haven't any head to go out of."
"Don't drink that," she said. "Darling, please don't drink that. We have to do
everything we can."
"You do it," he said. "I'm tired."

WHAT A FUCKING ASSHOLE! This is one of those *i'm dying so i can be an ass, and people would just let me be, So i'm gonna shit on e
Glenn Sumi
I’d forgotten what a good short story writer Ernest Hemingway could be. This collection came out in 1961, the same year as the author’s death. But most of the stories were published in magazines in the 1920s and 30s, when he was at the height of his powers, and all were available in earlier volumes.

There’s an impressive range of work here, from the ambitious title story about a man dying of gangrene while on safari and slipping into and out of consciousness, remembering scenes from his (wasted)
This collection of ten stories by Ernest Hemingway is dripping with testosterone. The stories involve hunting, the horrors of war, the wounded, boxing, and fathers. The majority of the stories were quite good, but I'll only write about my two favorites.

The title story is about a man laying in the shadow of Mount Kilimanjaro with a terrible infection in his leg. The vultures are flying, the hyena is crying, and the gangrene has an awful odor. The man is thinking back on his life, knowing that he
peiman-mir5 rezakhani
حیف از این داستانِ زیبا... ترجمه بد، سراسر اشتباه در نوشتار... واقعاً اعصاب رو خورد میکنه... بعضی از صفحات با خودم کلنجار میرفتم که سریع چند خط در میان بخونم تا زودتر به انتهایِ داستان برسم

این داستان نکتۀ خواستی برایِ گفتن نداشت، ولی به نظرِ من مهمترین پیامِ همینگوی این بود که خیلی وقت ها انسان ها کلی حرف تو دل دارن واسه گفتن، ولی یا نمیشه گفت و یا فرصت واسه گفتن نیست
داستانِ خوبی بود

پیروز باشید و ایرانی
When I read Hemingway I try to focus on the writing and the story and forget that he was an a**. But that fact seeps into his writing, into his characters. His characters, at least for me, are not very likeable, and that's the case in this short story. Harry, in the wilds of Africa, is dying of gangrene from a leg injury, and he and his wife are waiting for a plane to arrive and get him to medical help. While he is laying, waiting, he muses about his life, mostly about his life's failings. It's ...more
Ahmad Sharabiani
The Snows of Kilimanjaro and Other Storiesو Ernest Hemingway
عنوان: برفهای کلیمانجارو و داستانهای دیگر؛ نویسنده: ارنست همینگوی؛ مترجم: نجف دریابندری؛
دور و بر هر چادری از این پرنده ها پیدا میشود. منتها کسی به آنها توجهی نمیکند آدم تا دست از خودش برندارد نمیمیرد
برف های کلیمانجارو اندیشه ها و ترسهای همینگوی درباره مرگ است، ترسی که به کارهای ناتمام ایشان در زندگی شخصی خویش بازمیگردد ... به داستانهای نانوشته اش، و بازتاب این اندیشه ها را در شخصیت اصلی داستان میبینیم. در جایی از داستان مینویسد: «اگر د
Dec 24, 2007 Rob rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Hemingway neophytes
Perhaps this is heresy but... I just don't find Hemingway's work to be all that interesting. It just seems like macho tough guy bullshit and maybe-just-maybe there is something humanized and vulnerable deep down in there but I'm not so sure.

Were we talking about mortality?





UPDATE (like… 9 years later): Then I actually read Old Man and the Sea , which was pretty good and has some great stuff in it. Anyway there's that.
Lyn (Readinghearts)
OK, It is official. Ernest Hemingway is just not for me. I read this book because I am doing a three month "Give an author a second chance" challenge, and I couldn't think of anyone who I needed to give a second chance more than Hemingway. I have only read two books by Hemingway in my whole life, The Old Man and the Sea and The Sun Also Rises. Both of those were a long time ago. So I thought, how perfect for the challenge. At first, as I started the book, I was beginning to think that maybe he w ...more
Peter Meredith
I don't like to continually bash famous authors. I worry that it might make me look as though I'm just jealous, when really I am. That being said, there isn't much to The Snows of Kilimanjaro to make it worthy of a recommendation. These stories by Hemmingway feel as though each had been pulled at random from a longer story--as if there was something I had missed earlier and, in eight out of ten of the stories, as if there was definitely something I was going to miss later, by which I mean to say ...more
ilknur a.k.a. iko ◬

herkese selam size hasret! nazım hikmet'in ruhu şad olsun. dönüşüm muhteşem olacak demek isterdim morellerim bozuk. size, ben çok önemli bir insan olarak basın açıklaması yapmaya geldim (!)

yani şurada beni okuyan, yorumlarımı okumaya değer bulan üç-beş kıymetli insan var, onlar beni biliyorlar, BU SİTEYİ KİTAP DIŞI KULLANMAYI SEVMİYORUM, polemik yaratmayı sevmiyorum; edebimizle gelelim, yorum bırakalım, fangirllük kasalım, bir-iki fikir alışverişi yapalım, derdim o. bir durum olduğunda da profil
Jul 29, 2012 Sarah rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read these short stories because I'm never going to finish For Whom the Bell Tolls and because, since climbing Kili, everyone asks whether I've read them. From the scope of half a century, the stories function more as a lens into the world of Hemingway and men like him and who, at the end of their lives, saw that world slipping away. But reading about these men, who were so determined to be men (and they had a particular and exacting definition of what that meant), its easy to see why their wa ...more
Bryce Wilson
Aug 14, 2008 Bryce Wilson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: literature
Anyone looking for a good entry way into Hemingway need look no farther. This basically acts as an unofficial greatest hits. Not only do you get the wonderful and surprisingly vunerable (tho kinda misogynistic) title story, a quiet meditation on death and wasted potential. But you also get A Clean Well Lighted Place considered the greatest short story ever written by none other then James friggin Joyce, and most of the best Nick Adam's stories as well, including The Killers, Fathers and Sons, an ...more
Feb 02, 2014 Cherie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-audio
What a great story! I loved the way the man's thoughts wandered as he lay on his camp cot waiting to face death and thinking about the stories he was never going to write, but writing them in his head. Even the story about his end felt so real.

I listened to it three times over. It got better and better each time! Charlton Heston's voice added so much life to the man's arguements with wife and his feelings about what was happening to him.
Dec 15, 2016 Joana rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: american-ones
Foi a primeira vez que li Hemingway e, por isso, este livro foi uma espécie de introdução à sua escrita e temática. Senti ao longo da leitura que uma grande e bela amizade se estava a formar entre nós e, curiosamente senti um pouco de Bukowski nestes seus pequenos contos (depois mais tarde, vim a descobrir que Hemingway foi uma grande influência para Charles Bukowski).

Um livro composto por pequenos contos onde a escrita de Hemingway se consolida à medida que avançamos na leitura. Fiquei curiosa
Mar 07, 2010 Ana rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
-dead babies
-crazy old men
-closeted lesbian married to a drunk poet... these are some of my favorite things :(

No I kid, these are some of the delightful stories in this bad boy. I picked it up thinking it would be fun. First time only made it to 37. Walked away for 3 months but my "no book left behind' policy kept nagging me finally attempt Two. Read it in two days and honestly don't care for it at all.

PS. Santiago I know your out there in th
Apr 26, 2012 MG rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: haunts
I did not enjoy Hemingway's fiction for many years. But I teach his work now and find great pleasure in his short stories. I do like the paratactic style and "anti-metronomic" dialogue. I can linger on a Hemingway paragraph for a long time. Pared down as it is, the apparent gaps and leaps between his sentences make me wonder about what he chiseled away. His prose is deceptively simple. No scraps left, but there's real work there, real thought. I sense this because after I finish reading a story ...more
Luís C.
The Snows of Kilimanjaro: I struggled to get into the news. I did not immediately understand what or who or where we talked ... When I understood (I think), I left early and it was better. So we are seeing in indiscreet observer in the final moments of Harry writer whose work we also find (at least that's what I understood ..).
Ten Indians: Here the reader interferes a July 5 evening in the life of Nick.

What I retain in these novels is a sense of voyeurism. I could not really say why ... Maybe be
Sep 22, 2014 Ziba rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Hemingway at the height of his personal low.
I wasn't sure about how to rate this book of short stories because this edition has a different TOC than the 1961 edition. In fact, only two stories from that edition are present in the Easton Press edition I have: the title story and "The Short Happy Life of Francis Macomber," both of which would make me give the book a 5-star rating regardless of what followed.

Snows is probably is now my favorite short story. Its story of a man dying of gangreene while on safari in Africa coming to terms with
Dec 04, 2016 Isabella rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Meine Meinung

Vor einiger Zeit habe ich "Der Sommer, in dem F. Scott Fitzgerald beinahe einen Kellner zersägte" von Emily Walton gelesen, wo unter anderem auch Hemingway auftritt, und war seitdem neugierig auf das Werk des Autors. Mir war aus Waltons Roman bereits bekannt, dass der Nobelpreisträger ein ziemlicher Frauenheld und alles in allem kein besonders umgänglicher Zeitgenosse war.

Das hat definitiv die Erwartungen geprägt, mit denen ich an diese Sammlung von Kurzgeschichten herangegangen bin
Clearly I am not an objective observer, but when I rate books I try to account for the literary/humanistic value of the work, and not how much I enjoyed it. For example, I would rate most Solzhenitsyn novels as a 5 even though I personally do not enjoy his books and do not agree with his diagnosis of the human condition. Hemingway, however, I find flawed on so many levels that I can barely muster up two stars--my rating is not 1 star simply because I wouldn't put him on the same level as Stephen ...more
Dale Pearl
The Snows of Kilimanjaro

This is a short story about A couple, Harry and Helen. They are in Africa. Harry lays dying of gangrene; Helen is by his side, taking care of him.

This is a story of reflection, regret, and trying to find solace in one's final moments. Shares a similar spirit with Tolstoy's The Death of Ivan Ilych

Nothing really happens in this story, but that is Hemingway for you. Only Hemingway could write a description of a man laying in a cot and do it so well you'd forget you were read
Amy Neftzger
Jan 20, 2013 Amy Neftzger rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I had not read Hemingway for over two decades when I picked up this book at the library. I don't remember liking his work that much when I first read it, but I obviously liked his writing enough at the time to read a large portion of what he's written. His work obviously engaged or at least intrigued me, but I'd forgotten that. Revisiting this book later in life was like rediscovering the author as an old friend and appreciating his merits.

The Snows of Kilimanjaro is an outstanding piece that's
Apr 11, 2008 Matthew rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
For some strange reason, I was surprised that I liked this book. I had never had much interest in reading his short stories, mostly because I think that the short story as a medium is very hard to do well, and I have to admit that I didn't feel he was up to it.

Most of the stories are, as you might expect, about men being real men, resignedly keeping their emotions inside or dying brave deaths, which I must admit is something that Hemingway does very well. However, my favorite stories from this
Nov 15, 2011 Tfitoby rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: lit, short-stories
I really enjoyed the title story but past that it all got a little tedious. Most of the 18 stories are about the life of Nick Adams and if I'm honest I didn't much like him. If he really is a fictionalised version of Hemingway himself then I guess I don't much like the person of Hemingway either.

My previous experience of Hemingway was the excellent collection of stories Men Without Women: Short Stories and I was hoping for a similar experience here. But where those stories excelled was their ove
Marina Sofia
Sep 10, 2013 Marina Sofia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I've always found Hemingway's virility alien and faintly annoying. His novels offer too much of that, but his short stories are masterpieces of what is left unsaid. You can spend hours analysing each paragraph. This is prose as precise and crisp as the day it was written and whittled down to a perfect little gem. I am not sure how that rather unlikeable person managed to capture such sensitivity and ambiguity, but he did. Ultimately, it feels like his masculinity was a mask for something much mo ...more
Jessica (priceiswong)
I really enjoyed this story of a man that has grown complacent with his existence instead of striving for greatness. He blames his rich wife for his state because of her money. He became unmotivated and too comfortable with all of that money. He did nothing, felt nothing... He was dead inside. His physical illness symbolizes his spiritual illness (his leg rotting was like his soul deteriorating.) I commend him for trying to recover his ability to write and recover his integrity.. unfortunately h ...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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“I'd like to destroy you a few times in bed.” 33 likes
“Kilimanjaro is a snow-covered mountain 19,710 feet high, and is said to be the highest mountain in Africa. Its western summit is called the Masai 'Ngaje Ngai', the House of God. Close to the western summit there is a dried and frozen carcas of a leopard. No one has explained what the leopard was seeking at that altitude.” 31 likes
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