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The Short Stories

4.27  ·  Rating Details ·  6,719 Ratings  ·  191 Reviews
Before he gained wide fame as a novelist, Ernest Hemingway established his literary reputation with his short stories. This collection, The Short Stories, originally published in 1938, is definitive. Among these forty-nine short stories are Hemingway's earliest efforts, written when he was a young foreign correspondent in Paris, and such masterpieces as "Hills Like White E ...more
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Matt
Feb 18, 2009 Matt rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Michael Finocchiaro
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.
Conrad
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
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Dave Russell
What I've read so far (possible spoilers):

THE SHORT, HAPPY LIFE OF FRANCIS MACOMBER
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.
CAPITAL OF THE WORLD
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
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Jacob
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
Simona
May 30, 2013 Simona rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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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.
R.a.
Aug 29, 2012 R.a. rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
When Hemingway's "on," he's on.

Other than that, Faulkner's critique seems apt.

And here's a bit of the proof in this collection. The great stories: "Macomber," "The Capital of the World," "Snows of Kilimanjaro," "In Another Country," "Hills Like White Elephants," and "A Clean Well-Lighted Place."

Less so: "Up in Michigan," "Indian Camp," "The Doctor and the Doctor's Wife," "The Battler," "Cat in the Rain," "Cross-Country Snow," "The Undefeated," "Fifty Grand," and some others.

His style has unquest
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Gláucia Renata
Antes dos autores contemporâneos como Ricardo Lisias, Cristóvão Tezza, entre outros, Hemingway já escrevia no estilo auto-ficção. Esse livro reúne 28 contos do autor e a impressão que tive foi de estar lendo trechos aleatórios de seu diário. Através principalmente de seu famoso personagem Nick Adams ele traz pequenas lembranças de suas experiências nos vários países pelos quais passou, incluindo os períodos de guerra, numa narrativa curta e grossa, com frases curtas e diálogos rápidos.
Não foi um
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Christy
Jun 03, 2009 Christy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Hemingway's true element was the short story and the selection in this collection shows the development of his status as a master in that particular art form. Despite being technically astute, Hemmingway's writing style and stories are definitely an acquired taste.

I personally find it interesting that many people criticize Hemmingway for being unabashedly male and particularly of the classic 'macho' variety. This can be a turn-off for many readers, but I read it as refreshingly honest and true t
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Misha
May 31, 2009 Misha marked it as sometimes-reading  ·  review of another edition
"A Clean, Well-Lighted Place" -- It's been at least 13 years since I'd read this story in a college American Lit survey, so it was pleasant to read it now and rediscover the beautiful simplicity of this brief tale about the inevitable loneliness of aging.

I was struck by the dichotomy between the waiter-with-a-wife and the older waiter/the old man. The waiter-with-a-wife has the narrow view of someone who is relatively fulfilled. He can't understand why the old man would despair if he has plenty
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Jen
Feb 07, 2009 Jen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I've only read selected stories, but I loved them all. This is a good book to read if you're trying to get into Hemingway. Many people are force fed The Old Man and the Sea in their youth. I know it was a bad experience, but put it behind you and move on to better things. Hemingway really gets broken down into small and manageable pieces in this collection. I really enjoyed A Clean, Well-Lighted Place, Soldier's Home, and A Way You'll Never Be. Also, a great conversation can be had about how pla ...more
Marcos
Jul 01, 2012 Marcos rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a master in the prime of his craft and talent. Merciless, vital, and spare; Mr. Hemingway spares no one from his gorgeous prose. "The Short Happy Life of Francis Macomber" and "The Snows of Kilamanjaro" are amazing examples that flesh out his eye for nuance, detail, and relationships. "Francis Macomber" is my favorite from the collection: An adventurous story of cowardice, friendship and love triangle that ends badly in the African wilderness. "Hills Like White Elephants" was my introduc ...more
daniel silliman
There are a few stories here, "A Clean, Well-Lighted Place" and "The Capital of the World," that, all by themselves, would earn Hemingway a place in the canon. There are others, though, which are stupid, macho, self-destructive and infuriatingly awful. For the awful misuse of the amazing title "Hills Like White Elephants" alone, Hemingway should have been punched in the face. Judging from some of these stories, he would have liked it.
Sarah
May 12, 2007 Sarah rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Someone in a time crunch who loves the classics
It pains me to say this as an English-degree holder, but I've never made it all the way through a Hemingway novel. (The Old Man and the Sea doesn't count.) In a long context, the staccato, sparse style leaves me cold. However, Hemingway's short stories just kill me. In these stories, the simplicity of his text makes the subtext all the more clear.
Susie
I really wish you could have a section on Goodreads for books you will read a bit at a time. I read the first 80 pages of The Short Stories of Ernest Hemingway and they were wonderful. Unfortunately, I want to parse them out and read more at another time. I'll say this book is "to be continued..."
John Devlin
Mar 26, 2007 John Devlin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Hemingway's terse prose works best in shorts and this collection is the essence of what short stories try to accomplish.
JayDiddums10
May 11, 2012 JayDiddums10 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Powerful. Straightforward. Real. Brilliant.
Gary McDowell
Aug 20, 2007 Gary McDowell rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: good-ones
Duh.
Frederick
Nov 24, 2016 Frederick rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Some of these are bloody awful but some of them are pure brilliance, genius in writing. Some of the best are very short, leave a lot to the imagination, and leave you wondering. He was one of the greatest writers of history but you have to develop a taste for him. He's not for everyone but there is no question about his genius with a phrase, a sentence, a paragraph, or just an idea. Hemingway painted word pictures that I can see. He created paintings of words, as each story seemed to be. 'The Sh ...more
Melissa
Mar 13, 2017 Melissa rated it liked it
Shelves: 2017
Difficult for me to get into his early works.
Shawn
Jun 04, 2012 Shawn rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I picked this collection of Ernest Hemingway's The Short Stories up again because I cannot write dialogue. A young Hunter S. Thompson would type Hemingway's stories out on a typewriter to get the feel of his cadence, his rhythm, and his way of articulation. There is something unique about Hemingway's writing, and I think that his short stories are one of the best showcases of his particular talent for dialogue and the dramatic, yet stripped-down, crescendo.

As I mentioned, I cannot write dialogue
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Stacey Trick
Sep 30, 2016 Stacey Trick rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The short story form has long been considered a literary art form that creatively expresses and explains the human condition. Some noteworthy past and present authors of the short story form include James Joyce, Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald, Ezra Pound, Edgar Allan Poe, Gertrude Stein, Alice Munro, and Ernest Hemingway. All of whom have inspired many with their renowned works and revolutionised the way contemporary short story writers engage in the creative process of their own works. In Ernest He ...more
Realini
The Capital of the World by Ernest Hemingway

Madrid is the capital in the title of the story which starts with a joke:
Paco is the diminutive for Francisco and there were perhaps there still are many boys named Paco, so when an ad was placed by a father – “Paco meet me at hotel Manana on Tuesday, all is forgiven” – the Guardia Civil had to be summoned to deal with the 800 men who answered the announcement.

From the beginning on towards the end, the light note gives room to a darker, sadder note. An
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Glen
Sep 22, 2016 Glen rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Some of these stories are brilliant - 5-star worthy. They are what he was made famous for. Yet others are barely 1-star worthy. They feel like they were the start of an unfinished chapter in a book never written. Still with the time, but I wish I would have skipped a bunch of them.
Daisy Mejia
Feb 24, 2015 Daisy Mejia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Short Stories of Ernest Hemingway is filled with stories that will make your heart ache, keep you on your toes, and sometimes even make you chuckle ; all together, make you change aspects on life and writing.
The Short Stories of Ernest Hemingway are filled with a variety of stories taking place all around, that Hemingway wrote throughout time. For example, The Short Happy Life of Francis Macomber, Three - Day Blows, Father and Sons, etc. All of which are short stories in this book.
Now alt
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Renee
Jul 06, 2011 Renee rated it really liked it
On the rating I waffled between a 3 and 4. It was different reading Hemmingway as a 45-year-old than it was as a teenager. When I first ready this collection of stories I was considering a career as a writier, possibly as a journalist, and I was exploring as much of the literary canon as possible. In some ways, I was much more open to different things than I am now, especially works of critical acclaim. Nowadays I read mostly for pleasure in my leisure hours and have fallen into a bit of a rut a ...more
Gavin
Jun 09, 2013 Gavin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I had been wanting to read Hemingway for a while since I was mentally checked-out when I read A Farewell To Arms as a junior in high school. His writing style of course garners tons of praise and I can see why. It is neither pretentious nor contrived, nor too choppy or elongated. The narration is such that I almost feel as though I'm watching the dialogue happen right in front of me, or reading a character's thoughts in real time. Some stories seemed like they wanted to be profound but I perhaps ...more
Patrick Michael
Jan 31, 2015 Patrick Michael rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Battler

'It was a beechwood forest and the fallen beechnut burrs were under his shoes as he walked between the trees. The fire was bright now, just at the edge of the trees. There was a man sitting by it. Nick waited behind the tree and watched. The man looked to be alone. He was sitting there with his head in his hands looking at the fire.'


'"My heart's slow. It only beats forty a minute. Feel it."'


A Clean, Well-Lighted Place

'They sat together at a table that was close against the wall near t
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Cory Donnelly
I love Ernest Hemingway. Along with Cormac McCarthy he is probably my favorite author. I needed something I could read off and on for a few weeks as I was going to be busy in spurts and this was a great choice. Some stories are better than others, but they all bear the unmistakable Hemingway style. The Short Happy Life of Francis Macomber, The Snows of Kilimanjaro, Up in Michigan, Indian Camp, The Three Day Blow, Cat in the Rain, Cross-Country Snow, Big Two-Hearted River Parts 1 & 2, In Anot ...more
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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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