Hemingway's ability to add layer upon layer of a single sentence never ceases to amazes me. To think that this was his first published work is even more astounding. He mastered the art saying a lot with very few words much quicker than the average author, and this collection of short stories is strung together in a fashion that makes it into one seemingly cohesive whole, and the small “chapters” that break up each of the individual pieces keep the book moving at a reasonable pace and keeps things interesting. There are times when he's a little too in love with basic process description, but the way he informs the reader of his character doing this and then that and then this again paints a nice picture for the reader. This collection of short stories shows why Hemingway is a master of editing his pieces down to the bare essentials and keeping the story interesting.