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In Our Time

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When In Our Time was published in 1925, it was praised by Ford Madox Ford, John Dos Passos, and F. Scott Fitzgerald for its simple and precise use of language to convey a wide range of complex emotions, and it earned Hemingway a place beside Sherwood Anderson and Ge
ebook, 160 pages
Published July 25th 2002 by Scribner (first published 1925)
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Natalie Monroe
I have a deep, unabiding dislike of Hemingway's style. It's sparse, it's soulless, and reads like it was written by a third-grader who just learned to construct sentences.

Whether you like him or not, have a gifset of Nick Miller trying to be Hemingway:

May 29, 2013 Ann rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Since the release of the new The Great Gatsby film, I've noticed quite a number of people talking about the 'Lost Generation' of American expatriate writers of the 1920's. The verdict of some of my friends seems to be, "We didn't like reading Fitzgerald in high school and Hemingway is overrated." But I did love reading Fitzgerald in high school, and going back to Hemingway I've remembered how great he can be.

Hemingway was, for a time, a newspaper journalist and a war correspondent. His style is
Apr 13, 2009 Brad rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
As I am now part of an Ernest Hemingway Short Story book club, I will write reviews of the stories that strike my fancy and add them to the books from whence they came.

Cat in the Rain -- This story represents one of my favourite aspects of Hemingway's work -- his simplicity.

There is nothing, and I mean nothing, superfluous in Cat in the Rain. Every word is purposefully placed for its ability to invoke emotion or conjure an image. Reading Cat in the Rain can transport you to another time and pla
Sep 17, 2016 Hannah rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned
3.5 Stars

I enjoyed this one a bit less than some of his other short stories. The Nick Adams stories just aren't for me.
Jenny Napolitano
Any review I write here is going to make me sound stupid. Somehow I left it not really having enjoyed it, but having renewed my appreciation for Hemingway's writing (though not necessarily his skills of positioning stories in a collection - even though I'm still not convinced that's the best word to describe this).
I wish I’d been assigned this in high school. At 17 I was mad for Lorca, and would have loved Hemingway’s gory sportsman’s sketches—

Inside on a wooden bunk lay a young Indian woman. She had been trying to have her baby for two days. All the old women in the camp had been helping her. The men had moved off up the road to sit in the dark and smoke cut of range of the noise she made. She screamed just as Nick and the two Indians followed his father and Uncle George into the shanty. She lay in the l
Sep 10, 2012 Brian rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Hemingway's minimalist writing style is polarizing - this isn't news. His sparse sentences, staccato pacing and seemingly adjective free narratives aren't for everybody. But if you like this type of writing, this book of stories is for you.

This is the first time in reading Hemingway that it dawned on my just how much like poetry his writing can be (I'm slow - my GR friends have probably written thesis on this). Here's an example, with line breaks at each period:

He did not want any consequences

I had been going along in my English major career under the assumption that Hemingway just wouldn't be my cup of tea. His reputation, from what I'd heard, was (and still is) one which championed the art of gritty narrative, the bare-bones of a structured plot, and fast-paced, uncensored dialogue. I had read a few of his short stories, and while I acknowledged their strength in minimalism and simplicity, I was never blown away by anything he wrote. Critical enthusiasm for his work was lost on me. ...more
Lise Petrauskas
Wow. I am surprised by how much I enjoyed this. My favorite stories are the two Big-hearted River stories at the end.

Since I wrote that, I have been trying to understand why this book has such meaning for me and I still don't have words. Hemingway gets me, I think. Or, his getting himself down on paper, the way his characters feel and react to both extreme and mundane circumstances, is fundamental to humanity, so fundamental that it's difficult articulate and seeing any approach to such articula
Jan 16, 2014 Sean rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Unlike This Side of Paradise, this was a pretty good start for Hemingway. I wouldn't recommend it to someone looking to get into his work, though. The first few stories were the best ones before it proceeds to get weaker and weaker. The last three held little of my attention. "Indian Camp" I would say was my favorite. But overall much of Hemingway's style is just budding in these texts. He didn't yet know how to say something beautiful and terse. The interludes between chapters were interesting, ...more
Nov 10, 2015 Ben rated it liked it
Shelves: read-2015
“I’ll tell every one in the world that you are the only one that matters.”

Practically everything now said about Ernest Hemingway and his writing has been said before. His prose—sparse, incisive—you will either love or hate. If this precise, no frills style is not for you, the chances of liking Hemingway’s short story collection In Our Time are slim. Thankfully for this reader, exploring these stories was an enjoyable experience.

Today, it becomes hard to remember that before Hemingway nobody wr
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Mar 08, 2011 Matthew rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Italo Calvino once called Hemingway's writing "violent tourism" and I laughed and dismissed Hemingway along with him.

But it's funny how the right circumstances and the right set of an author's work will change your ideas on them completely.

So if you read this book while it is pouring rain and everyone is asleep and you are polishing off a case of Budweiser it will give you a strange feeling of excitement like you want to get up and run around outside, but you remember it is raining.

You are havin
Daniel Villines
Nov 01, 2012 Daniel Villines rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It has been my perception that Hemingway was a better novelist than a short story writer. His style seems to require time for the reader’s imagination to fill in the settings of his plots. My previous exposure to his short stories, however, was in the total collection of his short story works. I read through his "complete collection" from cover to cover without any thought as to how there were originally collected or published. As a result, I missed out on the purpose or picture that In Our Time ...more
Jun 27, 2012 Mary rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It seems a little presumptuous to be reviewing classics, but I recently discovered Open University, an IPad App that lets you “attend” university lectures. The class I chose was a literature class at Yale. The books have been awesome even though the lectures put me to sleep. I mean that literally. The professor’s voice is so smoothing that I fall to sleep holding my Ipad.

At any rate, Hemingway’s In Our Time is amazing. The most striking thing about this book is the structure. This book is a coll

A short review for a bunch of short stories!

What I disliked: the racism, the looong short stories with no action and the constant manliness/masculinity. And also this damn iceberg theory/technique Hemingway uses. What if he just wrote some of it when he was drunk and then made people think he wrote it with a deeper meaning??? And we're all being fooled... Just a thought! ;) (I simply got very tired of analyzing and interpreting this book in my English class).

What I liked: that some of these stor
Oct 28, 2012 Jonfaith rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Most of this stunning collection was a reread for me. I borrowed the collected Nick Adams stories 20 years ago and never returned it: sorry Dr. Kennedy. The structure of In Our Time is a marvel. The pacing and economy have been canonized elsewhere.

Having spent most of Friday in the rain, I've been just outside the pale of a cold all weekend. The talons of infirmity appeared so close today. After United's victory at Stamford Bridge I retreated. This collection is a jewel.
May 22, 2012 Jamie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Hemingway always reads, to me, like a man with all the weight of the world on his shoulders, a man who takes things personal, so it makes sense why “The Battler” is my favorite thing here: the brief potential of a man who could shrug off that weight for once, not spend all of his breath trying to conquer it.

Just a funny little vagabond prizefighter, who married his sister and takes a blackjack upside the head when he goes crazy, and just the friend who loves him for this.
Apr 24, 2014 Kelly rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I am a Hemingway fan, so it is hard for me to find much fault in his work. I loved these short stories. Some of them really stuck with me. If for nothing else, it should be read just for "The Big-Hearted River." Absolutely brilliant.
Yomna hosny
Hemingway is great, just don't get him started on fishing. Or skiing. Or literally anything else.
Also, am I crazy or does this book have some serious homo-erotic subtext? because I thought for sure those two dudes at the start were going to hook up.

I'm reading this for a class and I think it's fairly obvious that my literary pallet isn't sophisticated enough to enjoy Ernest Hemingway. Or at least this particular book by him. Hence the class.

Also, there is a disturbing amount of bull-killing in
Tara Higgins
Jan 23, 2016 Tara Higgins rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I was not sure I would like this book, as it was short stories , but Hemingway is a legendary author and I had to read it for my English class. It ended up that...I hated it... I usually like the books I read for English, but this one I did not. I generally do not like short stories or vignettes because I do not like starting books, although I love reading, and short stories are like starting many books in one book. Ugh. Well, that is definitely a one star. Also, it was boring...and more boring. ...more
Cosmic Arcata
I read this to study Hemingway's style of writing. I wanted to understand his ice berg theory a little better. The stories were good. I would like to reread them as I was somewhat distracted while listening. One of the things I didn't care for is I felt Hemingway talked down to his audience by repeating things. I want to check out whether I believe this to be a particular character quality as maybe he was making the character sound more juvenile by repeating him self in a slightly different arra ...more
Mark Rubinstein
Aug 10, 2014 Mark Rubinstein rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In Our Time is a collection of Ernest Hemingway's early short stories (1924-1925). Spare writing is the hallmark of these stories, and to some extent, modern readers may find much of the writing too sparse, and lacking in details. At times, they seem emotionally detached from what they are describing. I guess it's up to the reader to "read" emotions into the tales. Some stories are no more than vignettes, while others manage to convey strength and richness without much detail. I'm thinking speci ...more
Blake Baguley
May 31, 2014 Blake Baguley rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I can't say I understood all or even most of this. The short shorts left me confused and horrified most of the time. The short stories varied in terms of relevance and interest. I particularly liked the last three (the jockey's son and the two of Nick out camping). I get the feeling there's a lot of unspoken context to the stories that unfortunately goes right over the top of my head. But even so, the whole book dragged me in hook, line and sinker, although I can't for the life of me actually qu ...more
May 22, 2015 Batool rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
شش وزیر کابینه را تیرباران کردند. یکی از وزیران حصبه داشت. کوشیدند او را جلوی دیوار سر پا نگه دارند ولی او توی آب نشست. پنج وزیر دیگر خیلی آرام جلوی دیوار ایستادند. وقتی نخستین تیرها را شلیک کردند، وزیر سرش را روی زانوهایش گذاشته بود.
Bob R Bogle
Aug 07, 2016 Bob R Bogle rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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I'd read the stories contained in Ernest Hemingway's book In Our Time a number of times in the past, whether excerpted in anthologies or contained in his own complete short story anthology. But I've only recently read them as the single, self-contained volume wherein they first appeared in 1925. I've no space here to recount the origins and evolution of the book, though that's an interesting tale in its own right. What we have here is a very young Hemingway at his most experimental, in that flee ...more
Mercedé Khodadadi مرسده خدادادی
It was good in a Hemingway way! So much Nick Adams in it, and usual Hemingway stuff like hiking, fishing and of course BULLFIGHTING. Before each story there a short paragraph, sometimes about the war and executions and sometimes about the Spanish bullfighting. The short stories are light to read and sometimes amusing, like Mr and Mrs Elliot. Overall, it satisfied me but didn't give me same pleasure as when I was reading The Sun Also Rises. I think 3 out of 5 stars would be sufficient.
Aug 06, 2016 Jeremy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Last picked up Hemingway about 15 years ago. Shot through all the stories and novels, got obsessed, eventually moved on. More recently wondered if that estimation would hold up upon reacquaintance. I think it does. While he has his predecessors in Tolstoy and Chekhov (for different reasons), out of the gate his earliest collection is so unlike prior American and anglophone literature (though Dubliners and Winesburg laid stylistic foundations: minimalistic mundane very-realism), feels closer to l ...more
David Ward
In Our Time by Ernest Hemingway (Collier Books 1986) (Fiction). This short story collection marked Hemingway's American debut as an author. I found this group of short stories and fifteen “vignettes” (selected paragraphs from other writings) to be interesting but not necessarily engaging. Hemingway's skill at his developing craft as a wordsmith far exceeds his ability to select enticing subject material at this point. There is nothing about these tales that would have caused me to rush out and b ...more
Jul 12, 2015 Nicholas rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: next-in-line
Throughly enjoyed this. I loved all the Nick Adams stories, but The Battler in particular.
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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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