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Ernest Hemingway
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Thomas
Sep 13, 2016 Thomas rated it it was ok
Shelves: read-for-college
Pros of this Hemingway short story:
1) It portrays the brutality of war without remorse or coddling.
2) The structure of the story mirrors war itself: dark, disorienting, and disturbing.

Cons of this Hemingway short story:
1) It is boring. Granted, I read this several decades after its initial publication, but my reaction remains. Some people praise Hemingway's sparse style; I wonder if they would still praise his writing if they read it without having his name attached.
2) It is short, which leaves
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Gary
May 24, 2016 Gary rated it it was amazing
Hemingway's narrator is almost unbearably brutal because he's simply a camera recording what humans let happen. We cannot stomach seeing what we let happen unless it is heavily edited, and this narrator won't edit us for us so we can stand us.
This uncompromising stance that Hemingway's narrators take in this and other stories changed the nature of the short story.
In "On the Quai at Smyrna," the narrator sees dead babies and their mothers unwilling to part from them. Women and their dead babies
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The Brazen Bell
Oct 04, 2016 The Brazen Bell rated it it was ok
Shelves: short-story
Can't say I'm too impressed with this one. Again, Hemingway's style has started to grow on me more and more, but it just doesn't work enough for me to call this worth a read.
Michael Buebe
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Sep 07, 2015
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Oct 26, 2015
Juliet-Camille
Another Hemingway story where little to nothing happens.
Justin Holiman
Jan 22, 2015 Justin Holiman rated it liked it
Shelves: hemingway
Disorientation of war manifest.
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Jan 29, 2015
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Nov 18, 2016
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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 ...more
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