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The Complete Short Stories

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In this definitive collection of Ernest Hemingway's short stories, readers will delight in the author's most beloved classics such as "The Snows of Kilimanjaro," "Hills Like White Elephants," and "A Clean, Well-Lighted Place," and will discover seven new tales published for the first time in this collection. F...more
Paperback, Finca Vigia, 650 pages
Published August 3rd 1998 by Scribner (first published 1987)
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Aug 17, 2009 Kim rated it 4 of 5 stars
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...more
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...more
Hemingway is that dude. He'd probably beat most of these hating ass niggas in a fight. Word to the god. Now, this here Nick, dude's alright. These short stories are on some masterful shit. Way dude describes food and cooking, shit'll make you hungry, nahmean? I grabbed me some Doritos when reading. That terse iceberg shit flies well in these short stories. There's some shit about three whores, one of them being bigger than a mother. But her voice nice and all that, and the other whore might be a...more
Azra Javanmardi
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.


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...more
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
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...more
Ethan Miller
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
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.
علت این که دروغ می گفته آن بوده که حرف راستی برای گفتن نداشته .
همیشه پشت مسائل یه چیزهایی هست که ما خبر نداریم .

:-) چقدر خوبه که لذت یه کتاب حتی از مقدمه اش کلید بخوره!
فقط مقدمه ی کتاب می تونست به تنهایی یک کتاب عالی در مورد همینگوی باشه
Ah, yes. Ernest Hemingway. The writer with "economical and understated style," who "did more to change the style of English prose than any other writer in the 20th century," and who "wrote in short, declarative sentences and was known for his tough, terse prose." When you read about Ernest Hemingway it's never the quality of his stories you'll see praised, or his brilliant characters, or his creativity, or his intelligence, or his imaginative worlds, or his ability to pull you into a distant lan...more
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...more
Robert Manion
Ernie doesn't waste time. Neither will I. Write your lengthy reviews in vein, my fellow goodreaders!
Frances Caballo
This is one of those books that I return to during different stages of life. What I love best about Hemingway's writing is how he handles dialogue. I'm a huge Hemingway fan so I should admit here that I love everything he writes. If you're looking for a great collection of short stories, definitely check out this book.
من از خواندن پیرمرد سر پل به شدت متاثر شدم.
هیچکدوم از داستاناش نیست که به خوندنش نیرزه.
The story takes place at a train station in the Ebro River valley of Spain. The year is not given, but is almost certainly contemporary to the composition (1920s). This particular day is oppressively hot and dry, and the scenery in the valley is barren and ugly for the most part. The two main characters are a man (referred to only as "the American") and his female companion, whom he calls Jig.

While waiting for the train to Madrid, the American and Jig drink beer and a liquor called Anís del Toro...more
"It was now lunch time and they were all sitting under the double green fly of the dining tent pretending that nothing had happened.
'Will you have a lime juice or lemon squash?' Macomber asked.
'I’ll have a gimlet,' Robert Wilson told him.
'I’ll have a gimlet too. I need something,' Macomber’s wife said.
'I suppose it’s the thing to do,' Macomber agreed.

Hemingway accomplishes so much with so little page in "The Short Happy Life of Francis Macomber". To say that the opening sentence is captiv...more
Included here are some of the finest and most influential American short stories of the 20th century, from Big-Two Hearted River, Parts 1 and 2 to A Clean Well Lighted Place, as well as some of the most famous, A Cat in the Rain, The Snows of Kilimanjaro, The Killers, and more. This anthology published in 1987 includes all the stories from In Our Time, Men Without Women, and Winner Take Nothing, as well as those added in The First Forty-Nine Short Stories collection and those included in various...more
D. Hilliard
This collection is probably the best way to become acquainted with the style and mastery that is Ernest Hemingway. I think any aspiring writer should read him, even if he doesn't write in their preferred genre. His economical word use, and the way he often uses dialogue to carry a story are still examples that many modern writers could profit from.

The one drawback to these stories is that the modern reader could find them rather inaccessible due to the time and settings they portray. Few America...more
I'm not sure there is much I can say other than this is a complete collection of Ernest Hemingway's short stories, including several previously unpublished stories.

Prior to reading this I had only read The Old Man and the Sea, which I thoroughly enjoyed.

His short stories, for the most part, are well-written and engaging, although a large chunk were just a tad too masculine for my tastes as he often wrote about war, safari adventures, bull-fighting, and other "manly" topics.

However, whether or...more
I feel that Hemmingway has a very interesting style of writing, yet it's the message underlying his style of writing that bothers me deeply. I feel Hemmingway had such a bleak, fatalistic perspective about live hard, play hard, and die hard and as quickly as possible. There is no sense of hope or self-preservation in his writing.

As a Plath and Sexton fan, I do appreciate sadness and melancholia in writing, and do not mind when the writer expresses a sense of discontent with life, ennu...more
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
Stephan Myers
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...more
In spite of its title, this collection published in 1987 does not include all of Hemingway’s short stories. With the possible exception of some of the Nick Adams stories—that were published in a separate volume in 1972—the stories not included are probably not among Hemingway’s best, however. For the most complete compendium of the short stories to date, there is a 1995 volume introduced by James Fenton and published in the United Kingdom by Random House.

This Finca Vigía edition is certainly mor...more
Robb Todd
I began this book several years ago and chipped away at it while between novels and deciding what to read next. It's refreshing to know that he can write a bad story. There are a few in here. It was also surprising that he wrote what today is dismissively called "flash fiction." Having all of the stories compiled in the same place, especially the lesser known ones, helps his objects become more clear, the things he returns to over and over again. It's unavoidable for an artist, isn't it? I prefe...more
Joshua Mark
My father gave me a copy of Hemingway's short stories when I was thirteen. I didn't appreciate them. Six years later I read them again and thought they were brilliant. Hemingway's great talent was revealing an emotional truth through attention to the smallest details. He said that, if a writer did his job, a reader should feel as though they actually experienced the events in a story. What he succeeds in doing in his work is presenting pivotal moments in life so clearly that they help a reader m...more
*از مجموعه در زمان ما (پاریس، 1924؛نیویورک،1925) ؛
1. اردوگاه سرخپوستان
2. خانه سرباز
3. دکتر و همسر دکتر
4. پایان یک ماجرا
5. طوفان سه روزه
6. گربه زیر باران
**از مجموعه مردان بدون زنان (نیویورک،1927) :
7. تپه های چون فیل های سفید
8. ده نفر سرخپوست
9. قناری سوغاتی
10. در سرزمین دیگر
11. شکست ناخورده
12. آدمکش ها
13. پنجاه هزار دلار
***از مجموعه برنده سهمی نمی برد (نیویورک،1933) :
14. یک گوشه پاک و پر نور
15. پیرمرد بر سر پل
16. دگرگونی دریا
17. زندگی خوش و کوتاه فرانسیس مکومبر
18. قمارباز، راهبه و رادیو
19. برف های...more
I've always held a vacillating opinion on Hemminway's work. As a kid, I hated his stories, expectedly, and this continued through high school and the completion of my literature degree. I just didn't get what all the fuss was about. His work was always solid, clearly well done, but it never clicked, was merely boring.

Then after I finished university, I went on a quest to read all the writers I used to hate or assumed I'd hate, taking advatage of having the actual time to read classics at my own...more
These stories are nothing short of miraculous - pure nuggets of human experience, then boiled and reduced down even further until they become something sublime. I know all the criticisms: that he was too 'fond' of war and using it's experience to for his own literary ends blah, blah, blah, but then show me an author in history who hasn't done that? At least he knew what he was talking about. These stories show Hemingway as a man - fallible, energetic and human and I love 'em.
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