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The Short Stories

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At the age of twenty-two, Ernest Hemingway wrote his first short story, "Up in Michigan." Seventeen years and forty-eight titles later, he was the undisputed master of the short-story form and the leading American man of letters. The Short Stories, introduced here with a revealing preface by the author, chronicles Hemingway's development as a writer, from his earliest atte ...more
Paperback, 512 pages
Published August 1st 1995 by Scribner (first published 1925)
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Ponyo PART I “The First Forty-nine”
Preface to “The First Forty-nine”
The Short Happy Life of Francis Macomber
The Capital of the World
The Snows of Kilimanjaro…more
PART I “The First Forty-nine”
Preface to “The First Forty-nine”
The Short Happy Life of Francis Macomber
The Capital of the World
The Snows of Kilimanjaro
Old Man at the Bridge
Up in Michigan
On the Quai at Smyrna
Indian Camp
The Doctor and the Doctor’s Wife
The End of Something
The Three-Day Blow
The Battler
A Very Short Story
Soldier’s Home
The Revolutionist
Mr. and Mrs. Elliot
Cat in the Rain
Out of Season
Cross-Country Snow
My Old Man
Big Two-Hearted River: Part I
Big Two-Hearted River: Part II
The Undefeated
In Another Country
Hills Like White Elephants
The Killers
Che Ti Dice La Patria?
Fifty Grand
A Simple Enquiry
Ten Indians
A Canary for One
An Alpine Idyll
A Pursuit Race
Today Is Friday
Banal Story
Now I Lay Me
After the Storm
A Clean, Well-Lighted Place
The Light of the World
God Rest You Merry, Gentlemen
The Sea Change
A Way You’ll Never Be
The Mother of a Queen
One Reader Writes
Homage to Switzerland
A Day’s Wait
A Natural History of the Dead
Wine of Wyoming
The Gambler, the Nun, and the Radio
Fathers and Sons

PART II Short Stories Published in Books or
Magazines Subsequent to “The First Forty-nine”
One Trip Across
The Tradesman’s Return
The Denunciation
The Butterfly and the Tank
Night Before Battle
Under the Ridge
Nobody Ever Dies
The Good Lion
The Faithful Bull
Get a Seeing-Eyed Dog
A Man of the World
Summer People
The Last Good Country
An African Story

PART III Previously Unpublished Fiction
A Train Trip
The Porter
Black Ass at the Cross Roads
Landscape with Figures
I Guess Everything Reminds You of Something
Great News from the Mainland
The Strange Country(less)

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Feb 18, 2009 Matt rated it really liked it
Shelves: classic-novels
There is a story, probably apocryphal, that Hemingway once bet that he could write an entire short story in six words. He was taken up on that bet, and produced the following diminutive masterpiece: "For Sale: baby shoes. Never used."

I like to believe that story is true.

It's not possible to review the 49 stories in this book, which range in length from dozens of pages to a single paragraph. Actually, it is possible, but I'm just not the man to do it. So I'll just throw out some scattered thoug
I need to go back and read these again, but I recall being as impressed with Hemingway's short stories as with his novels. He was a fantastic writer and so influential. I would read A Moveable Feast or another novel before reading these stories though.
Jul 30, 2009 Kim rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Kim by: Maurice
So, I didn’t read the Complete short stories of Hemingway. I wanted an introduction, I’d always thought of Hemingway as..well, I’d never really given him much thought. He was just someone I wasn’t interested in reading. Lord help me, I can be dense.

I’ve read about a dozen of the stories in this anthology. I asked my husband for his opinion on which ones I should start with and I think that I’ve read a fair sampling, I’ll probably continue to pick this up every now and then and throw another one
Night Before Battle -- I was thinking last night, while we were watching M*A*S*H*, about Hemingway's preoccupation with war.

There is an episode of M*A*S*H*, not the one we were watching, where they make a thinly veiled attack on Hemingway's war writing. A famous journalist/author with a red beard and huge physical presence comes to the 4077th and has a run in of philosophy with Hawkeye and BJ (I think it was BJ), and he's written off as a bloodthirsty exploiter of warfare.

As a take on Hemingway
Jun 02, 2013 Cassandra rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
***Review of short story "Cat in the Rain", which record Goodreads has merged with the complete short stories--don't ask me why.***

I'm not sure why this story affects me so much more than anything else by Hemingway I've read. There isn't much to it--just a brief conversation that is barely any conversation at all, a passing encounter with a hotel owner and a maid, a stray cat out in the rain. And yet there is also a world of loneliness and displacement and isolation there, never explicit but ble
Mar 25, 2007 Conrad rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The conventional wisdom is that Hemingway wrote short, choppy sentences and was fundamentally a bloodthirsty person, possibly as a consequence of insecurity about his masculinity. I don't think either is quite true.

As for the first point, I just don't find it to be anything but a stereotype perpetuated by people who haven't read him very carefully. Hemingway wrote a lot of sentences the length of which would have made Faulkner envious (though Faulkner was fond of the short, choppy sentences peop
Feb 03, 2012 Brenton rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I'm a huge fan of all of Hemingway's works, but this one takes the top. The stories in here are so moving, so real, vividly portraying all kinds of manifestations of human nature. Could talk about these works forever. Each story has so much meaning packed as densely as possible into every bit of text. Any one could easily be analyzed for an entire semester in a college literature class. I'd love to suggest one, but to I wouldn't want to take away from any of the others; each story has something ...more
Mar 24, 2015 Sandra rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: usa, racconti
Se dovessi fare, per gioco, una graduatoria dei racconti che più mi sono piaciuti, al primo posto metterei senza dubbio i racconti di Cechov, certo non tutti sono perfetti ma in generale i racconti del medico russo sono splendidi. Accanto ad essi metterei i racconti di Salinger, da I nove racconti ad Alzate l’architrave carpentieri e Seymour introduzione fino a Franny e Zooey, che di fatto sono due racconti: di Salinger i miei racconti preferiti sono Un giorno ideale per i pesci banana e Per Esm ...more
Eric Kibler
Aug 05, 2015 Eric Kibler rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fishing. Shooting. Bull-fighting. Boxing. Smuggling. War. Murder. Skiing. Big game hunting. Love-making.

Hemingway did most of these things. Some of them he just observed with a keen eye. In every case, his experience and/or observation pays off.

This is just a wonderful collection of stories. Even the unfinished pieces are well worth reading.
Jan 31, 2011 Azra rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
مقدمهي داستان گونهي احمد گلشيري دربارهي زندگي همينگوي، خود به تنهايي مي توانست يك كتاب مستقل باشد. از طرفي، شناختي از زندگي همينگوي بدست ميدهد كه درك داستانهاي كوتاهش را ساده و در عين حال عميقتر ميكند. چرا كه نويسنده ناخودآگاه خودش را مينويسد.

Ahmad Sharabiani
The best short stories, Ernest Hemingway
عنوان: بهترین داستانهای کوتاه / ارنست میلر همینگوی؛ نویسنده: ارنست همینگوی؛ برگزینش، ترجمه و مقدمه: احمد گلشیری؛ تهران، نگله، 1385، در 438 ص؛ شابک: 9643512967؛ چاپ پنجم 1392؛
Nov 16, 2008 Martin rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition

I've been reading Hemingway's complete short stories just to see if I'd been judging him too harshly all these years. It appears I haven't been judging him harshly enough. What kind of mass hypnosis are the people under who insist Hemingway innovated a lean, economical style--'the Iceberg style', which was named 'multum in parvo' in Ancient Rome and described a style thousands of years old even then? 'A Reader Writes' is one and three quarter pages long, and only the letter embedded in it is ne
Jul 31, 2009 Andy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I read this from cover to cover on a beach in Aruba, which was just weird, because somebody dies every ten pages or so. It wasn't really in keeping with the carefree beach vibe we were going for. But you really can't deny Hemingway. I realize the man was a terrible husband and father, that his writing suffered in the end and that he didn't have the most highly evolved views of gender. But despite all that, in his prime, he wrote dozens of truly great stories.

At the small Midwestern evangelical l
Soltanto lo scrittore "che ha cambiato il modo di scrivere di tutto il mondo".

Leggere i Quarantanove di Hemingway è stato come riascoltare tutti gli scrittori che avevo conosciuto esprimersi attraverso una sola voce. In Colline come elefanti bianchi, uno dei miei racconti preferiti, si ha l'impressione di leggere un primo Raymond Carver. C'è tutta la delizia del testo sotto al testo, quei rivoli quotidiani che si incagliano nelle apparenze di dialoghi innocui e ordinari.

Oct 23, 2016 Erika rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Took an eternity to read, but worth it.
Ethan Miller
Nov 07, 2012 Ethan Miller rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It's been a while since I've read Hemingway and I wanted to revisit some of the classics ("The Short and Happy Life of...", "The Snows of Kilimanjaro and especially the Nick Adams stories) and see how they held up for me. I wanted to see if they still moved me the way they did when I was a young man deeply impressed and obsessed with Mailer, HST, Bukowski, Hemingway---the larger than life American literary alphas with their brash prose, the booze, the guns, the women, the big game hunt for the ...more
Dave Russell
What I've read so far (possible spoilers):

A man has the good sense to run away from a charging lion, and because of that, his wife sleeps with another man who bears a physical resemblance to Hemingway.
A waiter and dishwasher are fooling around, pretending to be a bull and matador, and the waiter ends up with a knife in his femoral artery. I wonder if Hemingway were alive he would be writing stirring stories about the courage of those g
I have read most if not all of the individual collections so this is largely a re-read that picks up any stray stories that I missed.
داستان های کوتاه همینگوی که از بهترین داستان های کوتاه جهان است، و در بسیاری از کلاس های نویسندگی جهان به عنوان الگوی ایجاز و تمثیل تدریس می شوند، متاسفانه در زبان فارسی، سرنوشت چندان جالبی نداشته اند، چرا که اغلب توسط کسانی که با زبان همینگوی آشنا نبوده اند، ترجمه شده اند. بهترین داستان های کوتاه، و نزدیک ترین به زبان موجز همینگوی، در زبان فارسی توسط ابراهیم گلستان ترجمه شده؛ "زندگی خوش و کوتاه فرنسیس مکومبر" (1348)، "برف های کلیمانجارو" در مجموعه ای به نام "کشتی شکسته ها" (1334)، داستان کوتاه ...more
Aug 25, 2012 Nood-Lesse rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Che cosa significa saper scrivere?

Se qualcuno mi chiedesse che cosa significa saper scrivere, gli consiglierei di leggere i 49 racconti.
Ernesto aveva l’Afición per la realtà oltre a uno smisurato talento per descriverla. La sua prima lettura, tanti anni fa, la devo a un verso di Guccini “I nostri miti morti ormai, la scoperta di Hemingway, il sentirsi nuovi, le cose sognate e ora viste” La scoperta di Hemingway… Se non è troppo e non è troppo poco, se è un solo aggettivo ma è quello giusto, se
Joselito Honestly and Brilliantly
Three-and-a-half pages. The husband, the wife, the owner of the hotel they're staying. And the cat in the rain. From these, Hemingway tells the universal story of husbands who find their wives tiresome, unimportant and not worth listening to. Lots of them here at goodreads, for sure.
J.G. Keely
A writer whose self-absorbed mendacity cannot but shine through even in his completely unadorned and occasionally witty style. One wonders what he might have been without the inescapable self-hatred which ended him.
Aug 09, 2008 C&A rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
فقط مقدمه ی کتاب می تونست به تنهایی یک کتاب عالی در مورد همینگوی باشه
Feb 09, 2008 Jacob rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have only read Hemingway's short stories but I feel like I am content with that for now. Their length seems completely adequate for his writing style. I was introduced to him in my junior year of high school when the teacher asked us to read and discuss Hills Like White Elephants. It seemed to stretch on forever with cryptic, emotional dialogue between the two sole characters who are waiting at a train station, peppered with bits of internal narrative describing the opposing landscapes on eith ...more
Feb 24, 2011 Alex rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I am only commenting here on "The Short Happy Life of Francis Macomber".

Why happy moments in ones life are so cruelly short and why this happiness for some is difficult to keep ?
Why price to pay for those few happy moments yet is so deadly steep ?

While Hemingway was in love-hate *relationship* with Lady Brett Ashly ("Fiesta"), here the wife of Francis Macomber is presented as the *final* Hemingway's outlook on the typical woman's character: domineering, lusty bitch, which enjoyed humiliating he
Stephan Myers
Aug 16, 2012 Stephan Myers rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
As a writer I find reading Hemingway to be an addiction. His exquisite use of dialogue is second to none. The economy with which he wields his pen masterful, but for every word read I cannot help but reflect upon my own inadequacies. And yet like any addict I keep coming back for more.
I have my favourite Hemingway stories which I will review in time but of his collected works they are something of a mixed bag. At his worst I could not fail to give Papa 5 stars but most notable in this volume ar
May 30, 2013 Simona rated it it was amazing
In questo libro, come nei precedenti che ho letto, c'è lo zampino di quella grande donna che risponde al nome di Fernanda Pivano. Ogni libro che consiglia è una chicca di sublime bellezza e questo ne è la dimostrazione.
Ho viaggiato con Hemingway in Spagna in mezzo ai tori e alle corride, nella Parigi che in alcune scene, mi ricordava "Midnight in Paris", nella Milano delle corse al trotto, a Roma, nell'Africa dei cacciatori, insomma, in tutti i luoghi cari a Hemingway.
"I 49 racconti" che Hemin
Robert Manion
Jul 23, 2014 Robert Manion rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
Ernie doesn't waste time. Neither will I. Write your lengthy reviews in vein, my fellow goodreaders!
Feb 21, 2017 Maren rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle-library
My favorites were the stories about Nick Adams. It was nice coming back to the same character and seeing him evolve over time. Some of the other stories were good too and others were not my cup of tea.
Rick Slane
Stories of hunting and fishing near the Great Lakes along with a few on bull-fighting and war, nothing seemed as good to me as The Short Happy Life of Francis Macomber.
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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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