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THIS COLLECTION OF SHORT STORIES AND VIGNETTES MARKED ERNEST HEMINGWAY'S AMERICAN DEBUT AND MADE HIM FAMOUS

No writer has been more efficiently overshadowed by his imitators than Ernest Hemingway. From the moment he unleashed his stripped-down, declarative sentences on the world, he began breeding entire generations of miniature Hemingways, who latched on to his subtractiv...more
Paperback, 156 pages
Published 2003 by Scribner (first published 1924)
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Ann
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...more
Brad
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...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...more
Eric
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...more
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).
Brian
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

He
...more
Jonfaith
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.
Mark Rubinstein
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
Matthew
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...more
Daniel Villines
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
Mary
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...more
Kelly
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.
Anne
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
Sean
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
Jamie
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.
Blake Baguley
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
Trey Shiver
Feb 08, 2009 Trey Shiver added it
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Early Hemingway short stories. Intense. Hemingway's so punk rock! Except for the misogyny.
Craig
The first collection of Hemingway's short fiction. If you can read past occasional sentences like: "she was sick the way sick women get sick..." the stories are well crafted and interesting. In this collection, the last two stories "Big-Hearted River I" and Big-Hearted River II" are the best. These Nick Adams stories show the readjustments necessary for a man returning home from war. Hemingway's use of setting is brilliant; his dialogue short, clipped, real. Only the final two tales approach the...more
Elizabeth
Milt's favorite Hemingway book.

"No writer has been more efficiently overshadowed by his imitators than Ernest Hemingway. From the moment he unleashed his stripped-down, declarative sentences on the world, he began breeding entire generations of miniature Hemingways, who latched on to his subtractive style without ever wondering what he'd removed, or why. And his tendency to lapse into self-parody during the latter half of his career didn't help matters. But In Our Time, which Hemingway published...more
Amber Tucker
Aug 16, 2010 Amber Tucker rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Amber by: Brad
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Will English
I rarely step out of my reading comfort zone. And I was really hesitant to pick up In Our Time. But I was looking to expand my literary horizons and this book was close to hand. I knew who Hemingway was before reading this, but I had never read any of his work (not by choice anyway) and I had no desire too before. So it came as a surprise when I bit the bullet and did. When I first read it, I hated it.

But now, many years later, I have very conflicting opinions about this book and Hemingway in g...more
Deslni01
In 1925, a relatively unknown World War I veteran named Ernest Hemingway released a collection of short stories entitled In Our Time. This new author was a treat to the readers, as he wrote with a style very different than what the readers were accustomed to. Instead of long, flowing prose, Hemingway's stories were written in short, declarative sentences, with an oblique style of emotions for the characters. This new minimalist approach to literature would become one of the greatest changes in l...more
Sera
I read The Sun Also Rises in college many moons ago and hated it so badly that I never picked up Hemingway again until last year when I read A Moveable Feast. I thought that AMF was great because Hemingway dished on his literary friends in it, but overall, it confirmed my view that Hemingway is a d-bag. Nevertheless, I've promised to try to keep an open mind about the Hemingway the writer and to give some of his other works a chance. In Our Time was my first attempt to do so.

I found the first 2/...more
Asma Fedosia
Collection of Hemingway's short stories and vignettes of the early 1920s, which adapt his memories of World War 1, of bullfighting, and of Native Americans. Protagonists-- for example, a physician in rural Michigan, a soldier's late returning from the war, and a solitary man fishing for trout on an isolated river--are based upon unsettling experiences which are not immediately obvious to a reader. Maybe, that does not matter too much; critics can mine the stories rich with symbolism which enhanc...more
Leah
"He watched them holding themselves with their noses into the current, many trout in deep, fast moving water, slightly distorted as he watched far down through the glossy convex surface of the pool, its surface pushing and swelling smooth against the resistance of the log-driven piles of the bridge. At the bottom of the pool were the big trout. Nick did not see them at first. Then he saw them at the bottom of the pool, big trout looking to hold themselves on the gravel bottom in a varying mist o...more
hhhell
Feb 14, 2014 hhhell rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Hemingway lovers; spare-prose enthusiasts
I have been a Hemingway fan ever since I read "The Sun Also Rises" as a high school student several years ago. I prefer his short stories to his novels ("Hills Like White Elephants," in particular); so when I discovered I would be reading "In Our Time" in a Queer(ing) American Literature class in college, I was thrilled. "In Our Time" is a collection of short stories, the majority of which follow a boy named Nick Addams across the span of his boy- and adult-hood.

First, I want to say that Heming...more
Кремена Михайлова
Миниатюрите преди всеки разказ – само 20-30 реда, а са си отделно малко съкровище с очевидна или не толкова видима връзка с разказа.

Макар че другият сборник е наречен „Мъже без жени“, мъжете в разказите от „В наше в време“ са тези, които ще запомня – пестеливи на думи и емоции, привидно коравите момчета от началото на 20-ти век.
Трудно им е.

„- Много мъже ли се убиват, татко?
-Не много, Ник.
-А жените?
-Почти никога.“


Krysten
A second reading that might as well have been the first because I remembered so little of it from high school aside from the awe it inspired in me.

I have a lot of mixed feelings about Hemingway - the race and gender stuff, it's often irredeemable - but his methodical language and pacing! the occasional gut-fucking brilliance! I can't not love him sometimes.

In Our Time blew me away in high school, many thanks to a great teacher, and over a decade later I've now read it with an entirely changed pe...more
Alborz Taheri
در زمانِ ما با اینکه در واقع مجموعه داستان کوتاه است ولی داستان هایش به طور کامل مستقل هم نیستند داستان اول از نیک آغاز می شود که در بچگی به سر می برد و در جوانی و میان سالی نیک ، آخرین داستان روایت می شود . قلمِ همینگوی قلمِ رئالی ست . مثِ وولف بی تعارف حرفش را می زند و همین امر سبب می شود که برخی از داستان هایش به شدت تلخ باشند . - مانندِ داستانِ "پدرم" تو این مجموعه که در عین اینکه خیلی دوست داشتنی بود برام اما فوق العاده هم تلخ بود . -
یک سری از داستان های همیگنوی هم به شدت مستند گونه و پر از...more
Courtney
Beautiful. I'd read a few of these stories before, but never as put together in this collection. I love how the different stories feed and frame each other, often in an oblique way, but always so moving and beautiful. Gorgeous.
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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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