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In Our Time by Ernest Hemingway
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Jan 10, 11

Read in November, 2010

It took me awhile to adjust to Hemingway's writing style; it wasn't the staccato sentences he uses, but more the clipped, cold manner in which he expresses emotion, i.e. there is little to none! I also didn't get the juxtaposition of the mini-chapters amid the short stories - there seemed little connection and they felt jarring...until I realized THAT is Hemingway's intent. And then I loved them. I opened to their violence and harshness, and I saw the strength in his writing about such seemingly disparate events. It is very clever writing. And all the more striking in its contrast in subject and style. It also helped that I read this book in a third-year university English class and had it explained by an expert. It is amazing how a professor's insight can make it all seem to easily understandable! :-) It certainly makes me want to read more Hemingway. A worthwhile read, for sure.
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