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Winner Take Nothing

3.78  ·  Rating Details ·  1,079 Ratings  ·  84 Reviews

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

Paperback, 175 pages
Published 1977 by Triad/Panther Books (first published 1933)
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May 30, 2009 Shane rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I picked up a Hemingway book after nearly 30 years. And yet he was a formative influence on me as a writer. The book reinforced to me that "dialogue is everything", nobody wins, but everyone changes, punctuation needs to be used for rhythm, actions are harder to describe indirectly but are more powerful when done that way, word repetitions are okay if they create effect, passive voice for scene setting is okay, and sentences that run along like this one are great - all taboos with today's writin ...more
ilknur a.k.a. iko ◬

Kilimanjaro'nun Karları ile 5 ortak hikayesi var. bu kitaptaki sevdiğim bir kaç öykü orada da bulunuyor. tabi bu kitabı da çok sevdim ama Klimanjaro'daki geri kalan öyküleri buradakilere nazaran daha beğendim için onu tercih edebilirsiniz bence.

niye süründürdüm ben bu kitabın yorumunu: çünkü hakkında okuyordum. öykü okumak zor zanaat. ki ben hiçbir zaman konu edebi eser okumaya gelince iddialı biri değilimdir, sayı olarak da, kavrama olarak da vesaire. o yüzden öykülerini adlarıyla a
Andy Miller
Mar 30, 2014 Andy Miller rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This collection of short stories was first published in 1933, 4 years after he wrote Farewell to Arms. It includes one of my all time favorite stories, "A Clean Well Lighted Place" That story's dialogue between two waiters who are waiting for their last customer, a lonely, deaf old man, to leave is simple, straightforward, and short but says more about loneliness, compassion, estrangement, and empathy than any novel fifty times as long

"The Light of the World" is another story that is almost dial
Feb 02, 2012 Jay rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: hemingway
Winner Take Nothing was Hemingway’s third major collection of short stories, published in 1933 between his two non-fiction works, Death in the Afternoon and The Green Hills of Africa. By the 1930s, Hemingway had lost much of his luster with the literary critics. With the publication of this third collection, many of the more prestigious of the critics began to characterize some of his writing as tedious, repetitious and uninteresting. Hemingway, now universally recognized as the master of the sh ...more
Aug 28, 2012 Jack rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A mixed-bag of short stories, mostly very good ones, in a variety of settings. The one thing the stories have in common is that they're all mind-blowingly downbeat (as the title implies), even by Hemingway standards. Desolation, loneliness, despair, brutality -- they're all here, and they brought all of their friends and relatives along for the ride.

I'm always amazed by the way Hemingway explored the heroic and the hopeful in his novels, but zoomed in so tightly on life's "dark side" in his shor
Bülent Çallı
Hemingway'i severim ama bu derlemedeki öyküler bana göre değildi. İki üç öykü dışında aradığımı bulamadım.
Mar 21, 2009 Brad rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: faves, hemingway
The Sea Change -- This story represents much that Hemingway is great at, distilled to its most fundamental.

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
Dec 17, 2015 Helena rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2015
You can read the review on my blog:
Khalid Al Khalili
This collection of short stories is not the best of Hemingway's work, and neither is it as well-known as his novels. Nevertheless, it contains some excellent work, such as "A CLEAN, WELL-LIGHTED PLACE", which narrates the story of three characters who might as well be different faces of one person, or "HOMAGE TO SWITZERLAND" which shows events happening at the same time from the perspectives of multiple characters. Both stories were excellently written and were very enjoyable.

This book is markedly different from Hemingway's other short story collections. While they had a tendency to burst on the scene with wild heroics and (subsequently) glorious deaths, this collection takes the reader on a more somber journey. This was a very bleak trudge through the futility of life as only Hemingway can show us.

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
Sophi Link
May 16, 2015 Sophi Link rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Four stars might be pushing it, but I gave "A Moveable Feast" three, and these stories are MUCH BETTER in my opinion. Not nearly as much posturing on the author's part. In fact, it gets so dark I had to take a break in my Hemingway-a-thon.
The ones I like best are mostly short scenarios with different characters being thrown together. "The Light of the World," "A Clean, Well-Lighted Place," "The Capital of the World," and "Homage to Switzerland" come to mind. Most of the longer ones lost my inte
Jun 26, 2015 Nick rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
how to write a review of a Hemingway book? It's great. stories in world war 1 Europe. stories in the American west. in the Caribbean. stories of blank horror. funny stories. overall I think it's a bit more positive in tone than his normal stuff.
Oct 20, 2012 Lauren rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My favorite stories in this collection: A Way You'll Never Be; The Sea Change; The Light of the World; A Clean, Well-Lighted Place; and After the Storm. Classic Hemingway.
Nov 10, 2010 Stuart rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I have a better grasp now on why the dude blew his own brains out.
Anna Fitzgerald
Feb 24, 2017 Anna Fitzgerald rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
Droning stories about men who Drunk, fighting, or depressed.
Mar 22, 2017 Fabrizio rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
A collection of non very inspiring, not catchy, very short stories. Definitely not Hemingway's masterpiece.
Efe Karabulat
Hemingway'in öyküleri ilginç, klasik öykü kategorilerinin hiçbirine sığdırmak mümkün değil.

İlk birkaç hikayeyi epey yadırgadım, ''Allah Allah, bunlar ne biçim hikaye? Ne başı var ne sonu.'' diye düşündüm. Tamam, durum öyküsü nedir bilirim ama Hemingway'in öyküleri durum öyküsü olmaktan da çok uzak. Uzun bir gazete haberinden rastgele kesilmiş parçalar gibi.

Meseleyi daha sonra kavradım: Hemingway, karakter ve diyalog öyküleri yazıyor. Bazen sırf hoş bir diyalog yazıp etrafına süs olsun diye bir h
Dave H
Mar 02, 2016 Dave H rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Of Hemingway's three short story collections I found his last, 1933's 'Winner Take Nothing', the most challenging. Hemingway's obsessions: bull fighting, hunting, fishing and war all appear. In all honesty I find the tales of matadors and big game hunters rather embarrassing. Hemingway's machismo dates his work horrendously and sometimes makes me squirm – like being constantly told to keep a 'stiff upper lip'' by an elderly relative after cutting one's knee as a child.

However, what I admire is
I know what you're thinking, you're thinking "Why, when you hated A Moveable Feast so much, did you dive right in with another Hemingway book? What are you, an idiot?" Yes, yes I am. This was laid over the festering wound of A Moveable Feast like itching powder over an open sore.

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
A collection of short stories, seemingly first published in 1930, most if not all of which also appear in the already-read Short Stories of Ernest Hemingway. Really more vignettes than stories, as they uniformly seem to totally lack any narrative arc or development. The existential vision of the Swede in 'The Killers' and the flagrant violence acted out by the wife in 'Francis Macomber' were notable for not being included in this volume. Take one of its stories for example. 'The Gambler, the Nun ...more
Dec 10, 2008 Reinhold rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Das vorliegende Buch besteht aus 14 Kurzgeschichten, die in dieser Zusammenfassung erstmals im Jahr 1933 veröffentlicht wurden und daher dem literarischen Frühwerk von Ernest Hemingway zugerechnet werden können. Gerade Hemingways Frühwerk wird landläufig als der beste Teil seiner Arbeiten angesehen, ehe er in eine schriftstellerische Krise stürzte. Erst mit "Der alte Mann und das Meer" schuf Hemingway wiederum ein herausragendes Werk, für das er dann auch mit dem Literaturnobelpreis ausgezeichne ...more
Dane Cobain
Jul 02, 2013 Dane Cobain rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Hemingway's a good lad - he captures my idea of what a writer should be. He shot himself, for a start, and legend has it that he wrote standing up and coined the advice "write drunk, edit sober". This is that Hemingway, the gnarled old beast with a keen eye for the immortal presence of death, everywhere.

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
Robert Beveridge
Ernest Hemingway, Winner Take Nothing (Scribner's, 1933)

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
Feb 22, 2013 Arjay rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: the-short-stuff
My true rating of this work is 3.5 stars.

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;
I'm probably being bias because of my open love affair with the words of Hemingway, but this is probably one of the best short story collections I own.

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
Dec 19, 2007 Jenny rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Aspiring writers
Most of these short stories were fairly depressing in nature, but they were well written. Hemingway seems to have had a knack for capturing human nature with subtleness.

"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
Ned Hanlon
Jun 28, 2015 Ned Hanlon rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Some great stories here and some a little less good - all pretty depressing. These are stories that demand a palette cleanser between them. For me it was alternating them with The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole Ager 13 3/4, memorizing Gianni Schicchi and some Pushkin poetry. I think reading them without breaks would ruin their force. The subject matter is what you would expect with Hemingway: bull fighting, hunting, war, the usual suspects.

If you aren't in the mood for all of them I particularly e
Jul 14, 2011 John rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I kind of wish I had spread this out and read it one story at a time, but I was reading it in the park quite a ways from my house and got caught up and didn't want to make the trip back just to start another book. Bite sized portions of Hem are just what is needed to make the Big-Fat-Fantasy summer go by easier.

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
Mark McKenny
After the first short story I turned to my partner and said 'this is Hemingway!' The reason being that I'd been moaning about The Sun Also Rises, saying it wasn't actually that good. So it was a delight to read the Francis Macomber story. But then, the book seemed to go on a downward slope. I started reading some short stories and halfway through thinking what's the point?! Maybe I'm just not getting it. Maybe I expected too much of Hemingway. But so far, with the odd exception (Francis Macomber ...more
This collection of short stories by Hemingway was interesting. Some were good, others weren't. The overwhelming themes seem to be loss and despair. I have nothing against these themes but it got a little dreary later on. One particular story had dialogue that was mostly in French. It could have been masterfully executed but I don't understand French so...

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
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