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The Short Stories by Ernest Hemingway
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Feb 09, 2008

it was amazing
Read in January, 1998

I have only read Hemingway's short stories but I feel like I am content with that for now. Their length seems completely adequate for his writing style. I was introduced to him in my junior year of high school when the teacher asked us to read and discuss Hills Like White Elephants. It seemed to stretch on forever with cryptic, emotional dialogue between the two sole characters who are waiting at a train station, peppered with bits of internal narrative describing the opposing landscapes on either side (one is lush and green while the other is hilly with white sand). You come to find out that the narrative is cluing you in on the topic of their conversation. I had not read anything quite like that before and it really turned me on my ear about the potential of literature. This is a great book if you feel like investing your mind in stories about the surprisingly important minute details of life.
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