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The Short Happy Life of Francis Macomber is a short story by Ernest Hemingway. Set in Africa, it was published in the September 1936 issue of Cosmopolitan magazine concurrently with "The Snows of Kilimanjaro" .

Francis Macomber and his wife Margaret (usually referred to as "Margot" ), are on a big-game safari in Africa, guided by professional hunter Robert Wilson. Earlier,...more
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Fewlas
Con questo racconto è avvenuta una sorta di riconciliazione tra me e Hemingway. Forse ha aiutato il fatto di averlo letto in lingua, anche se a dir la verità non ho apprezzato molto la tiritera stile ”Alla fiera dell’est” con tutti quei periodi infilati uno dietro l’altro con vari that e and. Però almeno ho conosciuto la sua lingua senza filtri. Pesantuccia, sterile, ma senz’altro originale. Quello che ho più apprezzato però è stata la capacità di Hemingway di condensare in un breve episodio di...more
Menna Kh.
Very interesting. Very catchy.
One can't stop reading it until it meets its end.
Francis Macomber is married to Margot Macomber who accompanies him on a Safari trip guided by the macho man Robert Wilson, the hunter.

The trip is about hunting. A typical Hemingway theme to propose the strength or weakness of a man.

The narrative is amazing and one has to read between the lines to figure out the feelings and to draw the complete portrait of the story.

Hemingway's writings are too good to be reviewed, a...more
Dalene
I've forgotten most of what I learned as an English major, but one thing I'll never forget is the completely indescribable feeling I had at the conclusion of The Short Happy LIfe of Francis Macomber. Hemingway is an excellent story teller and I particularly love his short stories.
Stephanie S
This piece, like "White Elephants," is simple genius. It doesn't always take 300 pages to paint something unforgettable.
Peter
I like short stories.
I've read francis macomber three times.
I can't think of any others I've read more than once.
Eleonora
Era imbarazzatissimo per aver tirato fuori quella che era un po' la sua regola di vita, ma aveva già visto degli uomini diventare maggiorenni ed era sempre una cosa che lo riempiva di commozione. Non era come se avessero compiuto semplicemente il loro ventunesimo anno.
C'era voluta una caccia stranamente fortunata, un improvviso passaggio all'azione senza la possibilità di angustiarsi prima del tempo, per farlo succedere in Macomber, ma comunque fosse successo era sicuramente successo. Guarda que
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Federica
Although 'The Short Happy Life of Francis Macomber' is a short story, many controversial themes are gathered in only few pages.

The highest point of the narration is the well-structured description of the mean and sad grounds of expediency according to which Mr. and Mrs. Macombers got married, the way the reader is presented with the nature of their relationship and the consequences of the lack of love and mutual esteem between the two(If she loved her husband she would have not disregarded him...more
The Frahorus
Si sente in questo racconto breve che Hemingway è stato in Africa...
Questo racconto narra di un safari in cui prede e predatori si scambiano idealmente le parti: una lezione di vita che crudamente passa attraverso la morte.
Realini
The Short Happy Life of Francis Macomber by Ernest Hemingway

When we write about a book, we are supposed to judge it on its literary merits and not delve into how we feel about the writer, the breakfast we had before writing and such trivialities.
However, I am an amateur reviewer, who does this for the fun of it, with the remote possibility in mind that my daughter or possible future grandchildren might be curious one day to see what their ancestor thought about one book or another.
And this is a...more
Tortla
I read an (excellent) essay once on the way that Margot somehow manages to be a feminist figure in this highly masculinist tale, with its rugged Robert Wilson and its titular "short happy life" having Francis Macomber, Man. I don't remember the argument, really. Just that there's an essay out there about this story.

One of my favorite sentences (other than the very last one, which is also a good 'un):
'"Why not let up on the bitchery just a little, Margot," Macomber said...'
Vincent Russo
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Alan
picked this up, a 3 shillings and sixpence Penguin paperback at a charity do at work, along with several others (also be putting these on my to read shelf).

Pretty fine collection, some seem sketches (eg One Reader Writes) but Hemingway sketches are worth reading. As everyone says the title piece is outstanding, but others are nearly as good in different ways. I particularly liked The Light of the World in which two 'punks' banter with prostitutes at a station and After the Storm. In the latter...more
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Top Ten Tuesday: Best Beginnings and Endings!
In which Sam rants about the English language, raves about Hemingway (as usual) and rambles on absolutely forever.


For this week's TTT, we've been asked to share the best book beginnings & endings. I took this rather literally and sought out the words that most shook me up when I read them first (rather than "I'm so glad that X person got a dragon in the end" because, well, I am nearly always glad to rave about the presence/ra...more
Kafuna Masinde
It is so like Ernest to prove to me time and time again that he could have written 'the book of my life'....a book that I could read cover to cover 12 times in a year....every year...
Cecy
Had to read the short happy life of francis macomber for my English class and I'm glad my professor assigned it to us. An interesting and intense read...Ernest Hemingway is amazing
Trevor Ray
It was interesting reading the details of what African safaris were like in Hemingway's time, but I was annoyed that Hemingway gave away the ending by not so subtle hints towards the end.
Corton
Here was an interesting story by Hemingway. Great setting - on safari in Africa. Interesting characters - Francis Macomber - a want-to-be hunter, married to an annoying, obnoxious woman, not sure why they are still together, when she cheats on him with the safari guide/hunter who is mentoring Francis. He appears to be making progress in his hunting skills on the last hunt, when he about to make a kill and his wife well....revealing the ending......spoiler....
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......shoots him! Wow! Didn't s...more
Simon
Got to love that Hemingway. He tells in his memoirs that this long "short" story brought him the biggest paycheck of his wrting career; $75,000 as it was sold to Hollywood and made into: The Macomber Affair, with Gregory Peck and Robert Preston. The wife did not mean to kill him, she "aimed at the Buffalo". In the movie the camera scans or aims and she fires at her husband.
I prefer Hemingway's version.
Muhammad
Ini buku Ernest yang pertama kali saya baca. Pertama kali liat buku ini, kirain Novel. Ternyata cerpen. Meskipun ada beberapa cerpen yang sulit ditangkap maksudnya, tapi cara Ernest menggambarkan ceritanya boleh diacungi jempol.

Saya kasih 4 untuk buku ini.
Mara
Jan 08, 2014 Mara rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Hemingway aficionados; people who are interested in boy/manhood
This collection contains some of the Nick Adams stories, as well as others I hadn't read before. Lots of war, shooting, and woodsy scenes. Much exploration of cowardice, growing up, being a man. Good for carrying around and delving into when a moment arises.
Michael de Percy
The thought of safari is horrible, but in the context of the times, Hemingway writes of courage and cowardice in the way that appears to all of us in the midnight hour. The ability to move the reader in such a short story is remarkable.
Jessica Meyers
I found this short story of Hemingway's fascinating. I enjoyed the depth of characters and the story in general.
Adam
"The Short Happy Life of Francis Macomber" is my favorite short story. It is well worth the read and worth researching, as well. Commentary only makes it a more amazing story. Hemingway was brilliant.
Jane
the short happy life of francis macomber - that one in particular - one of my all time favorite short stories. excellent! reminds me also of some of flannery oconnors stories
Shannon
Thought provoking, my teacher loves Hemingway so we've begun reading some of his short-stories--this was good, I guess I'm just more of a science fiction fan.
Mandie
I only read "The Short Happy Life of Francis Macomber" and it was very strange, but I liked it. I don't usually like short stories, but this one kept my attention.
Sylvia
Read this during my last year of high school. My teacher loved Ernest Hemingway's stuff. I found some of his works alright, but particularly enjoyed this short story.
Princess Debz
Kind of weird and took a while to get into, but really good! My only complaint is that the copy I was reading had typos every. single. sentence!
Gary Henicke
I've been disappointed with the endings of some of Hemingway's short stories, but not this one. Great imagery and a great triangle of characters.
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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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