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The Snows of Kilimanjaro and Other Stories

3.93 of 5 stars 3.93  ·  rating details  ·  18,996 ratings  ·  621 reviews
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 1961)
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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 book club for December's read (whoever is hosting book club that month is responsible for nominating 5 or 6 books, and then everyone votes). 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 the short story format, and (c) I felt like I needed to read more Hemingway t ...more
Mar 08, 2014 Rob rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  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?



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
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
Bryce Wilson
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
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
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
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.
Amy Neftzger
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
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
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
Marina Sofia
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
The Snows of Kilimanjaro and Other Stories is a Hemingway collection published in 1961. All ten of the stories had been published previously.

Two of the stories--“The Snows of Kilimanjaro” and “The Short Life of Francis Macomber”--are among the best of Hemingway’s writings and the collection deserves a 5 star rating just on their strength. Both, published in 1936, are set in Africa. They were preceded by the publication in 1935 of The Green Hills of Africa, a non-fiction work in which Hemingway r
Con Bé Ki
Những "con báo" cô đơn, cô độc, đau đớn, tổn thương, tràn đầy ảo tưởng, khốn khổ khốn nạn nhưng đầy kiêu hãnh, sẵn sàng sống và cũng sẵn sàng chết, mặc dù trước khi chết vẫn chưa hết ảo tưởng về mình.

Đọc truyện ngắn [mà thực ra là đọc thể loại nào cũng vậy ;))] nói chung luôn có 1 cái thú, đó là... chẳng biết mình đã hiểu đủ chưa. Hiển nhiên, là sao mà đủ được. Giống như việc hai thằng sát thủ đến quán ăn lúc 5 giờ mà cứ đòi ăn những món 6 giờ mới bán thì làm sao có để mà ăn :D
A collection of ten early short stories by Ernest Hemingway that amounts to a "greatest hits" of his early writing.

I found that I loved to read and then reread paragraphs, sometimes entire pages, underlining passages as I went along. Hemingway's writing is just that perfect. What a craftsman. Every word cuts deep; nothing is out of place. His descriptions take me right to the place or person he's writing about.

Sometimes I hear complaints or faux-lamentations--including some other Goodreads revie
I am always inspired by how Hemingway writes. I love how a few concise words turn into a very vivid picture in my mind. However,this is also a problem because one of these stories, "The Killers", became so vivid that I got really scared to continue and had to stop for a bit. "The Short Happy Life of Frances Macomber" made me sick at heart to be so close to a big game hunt. I was disgusted by how they killed all the animals. I know that is not the point of the story but it had a big impact on me. ...more
Nancy Martira
We get it, Hemingway. Life is nasty, brutish and short, so you might as well have as much rough sex while you still can. We get it.
Aug 20, 2007 Jonathan rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: men who are men
sometimes you just have to be hungry/punch someone in the mouth/fuck the girl/force her to have the abortion/die of malaria.
UGH. We get it, you hate women and you are madly in love with yourself. Next.
Alexander Arsov
Ernest Hemingway

The Snows of Kilimanjaro:
Six Stories

Reclam, Paperback, 2011.

12mo. 176 pp. Edited by Bettina Drawe and Herbert Geisen with notes, Bibliography [pp. 144-145], and Afterword [pp. 146-176].

Stories first published, 1925-38.
All included in The Fifth Column and the First Forty-Nine Stories, 1938.
Half included in The Snows of Kilimanjaro and Other Stories, 1961 [10 pieces].
All included in The Complete Short Stories, 1987.
This collection first published by Reclam, 2004.

Inhalt [Contents]*
Ulrich Krieghund
I am not sure I would have liked Ernest Hemingway as a person. His idea of masculinity always seems to be about proving something. Going off to Europe and getting involved in other men's wars, traveling to Africa to shoot animals just for the supposed sport of it, boxing, fishing, drinking yourself into a stupor; it all seems so manically desperate. However, I very much like Robert E. Howard's barbarian hero Conan and like the Cimmerian hero Hemingway seemed to be trying to live several lifetime ...more
Lars K Jensen
Ah yes, the great Ernest.

I'm very fond of the way Hemingway starts his stories; always in the middle of some action, no explanations, just action. Then he uses the story to introduce the persons, the situation etc. His 'iceberg technique' is also very visible in many of the stories in this volume.

After finishing a story, he has got me thinking "okay, so what is he trying to tell me with this story?" - exactly how I feel after reading something by Kafka - although the two of them have various tec
Dan Murphy
As this is the first Hemingway material I've read since high school, I don't quite know how representative of Hemingway's more famous works The Snows of Kilimanjaro is. There's a really strong masculine despair present in almost all of these short stories, and (fulfilling the stereotype) an unmistakable American Weltanschauung. The story about trout-fishing, Big Two-Hearted River: Part II is beyond skillful, but my favorite was Soldier's Home, a very believable vignette of a WWI veteran returnin ...more
Dorothy Parker wrote (just after his first novel was published) that Hemingway wasn't quite right as a novelist, considering that he was one of the finest - if not the finest - of the short story writers of the day.

Judging from that same novel, The Sun Also Rises, I agree. His style of brevity and subtle, indirect meanings became watered-down when he attempted to make it stretch into a novel. By the first twenty pages, you already knew how it was going to go down. And that's what makes his shor
Christine Henry
I have not attempted to read any Hemingway since high school, over 20 years ago. It was not because I was actively avoiding his writings, but because I had found so many other writers who had learned from him to occupy my reading shelf. But after trekking through this volume I remembered both what I admire and am frustrated by in Hemingway's works. I love the crisp descriptions and incisive characterizations that make me feel that a bright interrogation lamp has been directed at a dark corner. B ...more
Tara deCamp
I suppose Hemingway isn't for me. His writing is annoying, misogynistic, arrogant, racist, and boring. It's not just that I personally dislike it; I don't see much literary value in it, either.

That said, I still plan to read a few of his more praised works: For Whom the Bell Tolls, The Sun Also Rises, A Farewell to Arms, and A Moveable Feast. I'll see what those do for me when I get to them.
Very good novel


One day i would love to visit there.
Okay, I've finished this book. Way I figure it, this means I don't have to read any more Ernest Hemingway for the rest of my life. The writing is okay, clear, lucid. But it's really hard to like any of the major characters in these stories. (And if the Nick Adams character is a sort-of-autobiographical persona, I probably, by extension, wouldn't have cared much for Hemingway either.) It's really hard for me to wrap my head around the macho-macho males.

Maybe Hemingway should have stuck to journal
Michael Reiter
In fünf dieser sechs Geschichten, geht es darum, jemanden in den Tod zu begleiten. Da man dieses Muster schnell durchschaut, will sich dann keine rechte Spannung mehr einstellen. Dafür macht die Entschlüsselung diverser schöner Schachtelsätze durchaus Laune.

Resümee: ich möchte auch einen Vierzehn-Liter-Whisky-Krug!
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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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“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.” 22 likes
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