Winner Take Nothing
Ernest Hemingway's first new book of fiction since the publication of "A Farewell to Arms" in 1929 contains fourteen stories of varying length. Some of them have appeared in magazines but the majority have not been published before. The characters and backgrounds are widely varied. "A Clean, Well-Lighted Place" is about an old Spanish Beggar. "Homage to Switzerland" conce...more
"The Light of the World" is another story that is almost dial ...more
The characters have many flaws and are often unlikeable, and this is one of the reasons why this collection works as well as it does. Hemingway makes excellent use of "sh ...more
He makes us feel his characters in a heart beat. The Sea Change is three and a half pages, yet we know almost everything we need to know about Phil and the Girl instantly, and Hemingway makes us care.
He also expresses setting so perfectly and sparingly that we feel we're in this tiny bar in Paris, yet the description of the bar is implied, mirrored in his descriptions of the couple and Jam ...more
I'm always amazed by the way Hemingway explored the heroic and hopeful in his novels, but focused almost exclusively on "the dark side" in his short stories...
"THE GAMBLER, THE N ...more
And just when I thought I had reached my limit, long untranslated passages of French. You know what I think on this subject, I'd said many times, how I HATE long untranslated passages of French in English language books ...more
Many of the stories were truly compelling and had me reading them twice and thrice. But some stories missed their mark. Either way, "Winner Tak ...more
An absolute must read for Hemingway fanatics!
Winner Take Nothing is a fine collection of seventeen short stories from the pen of the great writer, stories that cover most aspects of Hemingway's personality. Expect to see autobiographical re ...more
Arguably Hemingway's finest book of short stories, Winner Take Nothing contains fourteen relatively short and always spare looks at various stages of life. What seem, upon first reading, to be nothing more than frameworks or outlines take on more meat upon reflection. Hemingway lets the reader fill in the small details, guiding his imagination rather than manipulating it. This does mean that the onus is on the reader more than usual with th ...more
I liked reading all of the short stories, particularly "A Clean, Well-Lighted Place" and "A Day's Wait". While it seems to me that most people (understandably) found the untranslated French in "Wine in Wyoming" bothersome, I found it an enjoyable read. Fortunately I still retain some of the French I learned in school, and so I could read the text smoothly without having to stop to look up a word. I actually preferred the mixing in of French with English; ...more
Hemingway just does so much with so little. I know you folk often judge him for his minimalist tendencies, but I hold him up for that fact.
I remember reading "Hills Like White Elephants" in high school and being blown away.
I remember hearing about him and his friend making a bet about whether he could write a story in 10 words or less. He won with ...more
But who cares. I read it and I'm thankful. I remember one of these stories (A Days Wait) from elementary school, and thought it was hilarious then and now. One (Natural History of the Dea ...more
"A Clean, Well-Lighted Place" was by far my favorite story in this collection. I really enjoyed how he contrasted the waiters' perspectives (young and old).
Another thing that stands out to me is his description of World War I battlefields being littered with paper. The dying would write final letters to their loved ones and sta ...more
"Unlike all other forms of lutte or
combat the conditions are that the
winner shall take nothing; neither
his ease, nor his pleasure, nor any
notions of glory; nor , if he win far
enough, shall there be any reward
Stories to come back to--first read in November 1986...and have re-read three times since then.
And i know he lived in a different time, but i don't know why he is ALWAYS killing an animal.
In the old man and the sea he at least treats animals with respect.
But in other chases he just kills things to kill things.
It is hard to read.
It has been a while since I have read anything by Ernest Hemingway, maybe there are some other good stories in here. : )