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The Complete Short Stories of Ernest Hemingway (Contos)

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In this definitive collection of Ernest Hemingway's short stories, readers will delight in the author's most beloved classics such as The Snows of Kilimanjaro, Hills Like White Elephants, and A Clean, Well-Lighted Place, and will discover seven new tales published here for the first time. For Hemingway fans The Complete Short Stories is an invaluable treasury.

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Paperback, Finca Vigía , 650 pages
Published June 1st 1991 by Collier Books (first published January 1st 1987)
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Kim
Aug 17, 2009 Kim rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Kim by: Maurice
So, I didn’t read the Complete short stories of Hemingway. I wanted an introduction, I’d always thought of Hemingway as..well, I’d never really given him much thought. He was just someone I wasn’t interested in reading. Lord help me, I can be dense.


I’ve read about a dozen of the stories in this anthology. I asked my husband for his opinion on which ones I should start with and I think that I’ve read a fair sampling, I’ll probably continue to pick this up every now and then and throw another one
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Brad
Night Before Battle -- I was thinking last night, while we were watching M*A*S*H*, about Hemingway's preoccupation with war.

There is an episode of M*A*S*H*, not the one we were watching, where they make a thinly veiled attack on Hemingway's war writing. A famous journalist/author with a red beard and huge physical presence comes to the 4077th and has a run in of philosophy with Hawkeye and BJ (I think it was BJ), and he's written off as a bloodthirsty exploiter of warfare.

As a take on Hemingway
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Soviet
Hemingway is that dude. He'd probably beat most of these hating ass niggas in a fight. Word to the god. Now, this here Nick, dude's alright. These short stories are on some masterful shit. Way dude describes food and cooking, shit'll make you hungry, nahmean? I grabbed me some Doritos when reading. That terse iceberg shit flies well in these short stories. There's some shit about three whores, one of them being bigger than a mother. But her voice nice and all that, and the other whore might be a ...more
Brenton
I'm a huge fan of all of Hemingway's works, but this one takes the top. The stories in here are so moving, so real, vividly portraying all kinds of manifestations of human nature. Could talk about these works forever. Each story has so much meaning packed as densely as possible into every bit of text. Any one could easily be analyzed for an entire semester in a college literature class. I'd love to suggest one, but to I wouldn't want to take away from any of the others; each story has something ...more
Azra
مقدمهي داستان گونهي احمد گلشيري دربارهي زندگي همينگوي، خود به تنهايي مي توانست يك كتاب مستقل باشد. از طرفي، شناختي از زندگي همينگوي بدست ميدهد كه درك داستانهاي كوتاهش را ساده و در عين حال عميقتر ميكند. چرا كه نويسنده ناخودآگاه خودش را مينويسد.

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Martin



I've been reading Hemingway's complete short stories just to see if I'd been judging him too harshly all these years. It appears I haven't been judging him harshly enough. What kind of mass hypnosis are the people under who insist Hemingway innovated a lean, economical style--'the Iceberg style', which was named 'multum in parvo' in Ancient Rome and described a style thousands of years old even then? 'A Reader Writes' is one and three quarter pages long, and only the letter embedded in it is ne
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Andy
I read this from cover to cover on a beach in Aruba, which was just weird, because somebody dies every ten pages or so. It wasn't really in keeping with the carefree beach vibe we were going for. But you really can't deny Hemingway. I realize the man was a terrible husband and father, that his writing suffered in the end and that he didn't have the most highly evolved views of gender. But despite all that, in his prime, he wrote dozens of truly great stories.

At the small Midwestern evangelical l
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Ethan Miller
It's been a while since I've read Hemingway and I wanted to revisit some of the classics ("The Short and Happy Life of...", "The Snows of Kilimanjaro and especially the Nick Adams stories) and see how they held up for me. I wanted to see if they still moved me the way they did when I was a young man deeply impressed and obsessed with Mailer, HST, Bukowski, Hemingway---the larger than life American literary alphas with their brash prose, the booze, the guns, the women, the big game hunt for the ...more
J.G. Keely
A writer whose self-absorbed mendacity cannot but shine through even in his completely unadorned and occasionally witty style. One wonders what he might have been without the inescapable self-hatred which ended him.
Chris
I have read most if not all of the individual collections so this is largely a re-read that picks up any stray stories that I missed.
C&A
فقط مقدمه ی کتاب می تونست به تنهایی یک کتاب عالی در مورد همینگوی باشه
Paul Peterson
Love Hemingway, so easily a 5 star. The first 49 short stories were a rehash for me, but well worth it. A few gems at the end I'd never read before, too. Many, if not all of these stories, I believe are very much autobiographical so one can learn much about Mr. Hemingway's life here. I wonder if it's true that he had 11 shorts, some poems and his first novel lost when thrown out by his woman of the time; copies and all as depicted in the last story.

I've heard several people lately complaining th
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Bukk
Ah, yes. Ernest Hemingway. The writer with "economical and understated style," who "did more to change the style of English prose than any other writer in the 20th century," and who "wrote in short, declarative sentences and was known for his tough, terse prose." When you read about Ernest Hemingway it's never the quality of his stories you'll see praised, or his brilliant characters, or his creativity, or his intelligence, or his imaginative worlds, or his ability to pull you into a distant lan ...more
علی
داستان های کوتاه همینگوی که از بهترین داستان های کوتاه جهان است، و در بسیاری از کلاس های نویسندگی جهان به عنوان الگوی ایجاز و تمثیل تدریس می شوند، متاسفانه در زبان فارسی، سرنوشت چندان جالبی نداشته اند، چرا که اغلب توسط کسانی که با زبان همینگوی آشنا نبوده اند، ترجمه شده اند. بهترین داستان های کوتاه، و نزدیک ترین به زبان موجز همینگوی، در زبان فارسی توسط ابراهیم گلستان ترجمه شده؛ "زندگی خوش و کوتاه فرنسیس مکومبر" (1348)، "برف های کلیمانجارو" در مجموعه ای به نام "کشتی شکسته ها" (1334)، داستان کوتاه ...more
Alex
I am only commenting here on "The Short Happy Life of Francis Macomber".

Why happy moments in ones life are so cruelly short and why this happiness for some is difficult to keep ?
Why price to pay for those few happy moments yet is so deadly steep ?

While Hemingway was in love-hate *relationship* with Lady Brett Ashly ("Fiesta"), here the wife of Francis Macomber is presented as the *final* Hemingway's outlook on the typical woman's character: domineering, lusty bitch, which enjoyed humiliating he
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Frances Caballo
This is one of those books that I return to during different stages of life. What I love best about Hemingway's writing is how he handles dialogue. I'm a huge Hemingway fan so I should admit here that I love everything he writes. If you're looking for a great collection of short stories, definitely check out this book.
David
As a practicing cheapskate, the pattern of my reading has for many years been largely dictated by what is available at the public library, supplemented in the digital age by what's available free online. So, I snagged this ebook edition with the intent of NOT reading cover-to-cover – when I try to read a collection of short stories like a novel, they all tend to blend together in a way that does not enhance enjoyment. Of course, I can put my ebook reader into airplane mode to keep the the little ...more
Carac Allison
This collection is a master class for writers.
The lessons include:
Silence and Subtext: "The End of Something."
Character: "The Battler."
Dialogue: "The Snows of Kilimanjaro."
Setting: "Big Two-Hearted River."
Perfect word selection: everything. :)

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Samaneh
علت این که دروغ می گفته آن بوده که حرف راستی برای گفتن نداشته .
همیشه پشت مسائل یه چیزهایی هست که ما خبر نداریم .


:-) چقدر خوبه که لذت یه کتاب حتی از مقدمه اش کلید بخوره!
Robert Manion
Ernie doesn't waste time. Neither will I. Write your lengthy reviews in vein, my fellow goodreaders!
mohammad
من از خواندن پیرمرد سر پل به شدت متاثر شدم.
هیچکدوم از داستاناش نیست که به خوندنش نیرزه.
Rick
The story takes place at a train station in the Ebro River valley of Spain. The year is not given, but is almost certainly contemporary to the composition (1920s). This particular day is oppressively hot and dry, and the scenery in the valley is barren and ugly for the most part. The two main characters are a man (referred to only as "the American") and his female companion, whom he calls Jig.

While waiting for the train to Madrid, the American and Jig drink beer and a liquor called Anís del Toro
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Chantal
"It was now lunch time and they were all sitting under the double green fly of the dining tent pretending that nothing had happened.
'Will you have a lime juice or lemon squash?' Macomber asked.
'I’ll have a gimlet,' Robert Wilson told him.
'I’ll have a gimlet too. I need something,' Macomber’s wife said.
'I suppose it’s the thing to do,' Macomber agreed.

Hemingway accomplishes so much with so little page in "The Short Happy Life of Francis Macomber". To say that the opening sentence is captiv
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Larry Bassett
As I begin this immense work, I feel as Philippe Petit must have felt as he began the high wire walk between the Twin Towers on August 7, 1974: I know I can do it but it surely is a long way. But, as has been said many times, “The longest journey begins with a single step.” So I begin.

I am not a bull fighting kind of person. Watching a bull tortured and killed for the pleasure of the crowd is not my idea of a good time. "In Our Time" is an early story that includes bullfighting and bullfighters
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Rick
Included here are some of the finest and most influential American short stories of the 20th century, from Big-Two Hearted River, Parts 1 and 2 to A Clean Well Lighted Place, as well as some of the most famous, A Cat in the Rain, The Snows of Kilimanjaro, The Killers, and more. This anthology published in 1987 includes all the stories from In Our Time, Men Without Women, and Winner Take Nothing, as well as those added in The First Forty-Nine Short Stories collection and those included in various ...more
D. Hilliard
This collection is probably the best way to become acquainted with the style and mastery that is Ernest Hemingway. I think any aspiring writer should read him, even if he doesn't write in their preferred genre. His economical word use, and the way he often uses dialogue to carry a story are still examples that many modern writers could profit from.

The one drawback to these stories is that the modern reader could find them rather inaccessible due to the time and settings they portray. Few America
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Shaun
I'm not sure there is much I can say other than this is a complete collection of Ernest Hemingway's short stories, including several previously unpublished stories.

Prior to reading this I had only read The Old Man and the Sea, which I thoroughly enjoyed.

His short stories, for the most part, are well-written and engaging, although a large chunk were just a tad too masculine for my tastes as he often wrote about war, safari adventures, bull-fighting, and other "manly" topics.

However, whether or
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Rot-chan
I feel that Hemmingway has a very interesting style of writing, yet it's the message underlying his style of writing that bothers me deeply. I feel Hemmingway had such a bleak, fatalistic perspective about life...to live hard, play hard, and die hard and as quickly as possible. There is no sense of hope or self-preservation in his writing.

As a Plath and Sexton fan, I do appreciate sadness and melancholia in writing, and do not mind when the writer expresses a sense of discontent with life, ennu
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Jake
All of the stories in this omnibus collection are good, and many are great- among the best short stories I've ever read. Worth reading several times are: "The Short Happy Life of Francis Macomber", "The Snows of Kilimanjaro", and "Hills Like White Elephants"- each is a masterpiece. New to me in this volume were Hemingway's stories of the Spanish Civil War, which are a great compliment to "For Whom The Bell Tolls", and several stories he wrote later in his life- many are set in Cuba or during the ...more
Stephan Myers
As a writer I find reading Hemingway to be an addiction. His exquisite use of dialogue is second to none. The economy with which he wields his pen masterful, but for every word read I cannot help but reflect upon my own inadequacies. And yet like any addict I keep coming back for more.
I have my favourite Hemingway stories which I will review in time but of his collected works they are something of a mixed bag. At his worst I could not fail to give Papa 5 stars but most notable in this volume ar
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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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