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The Snows of Kilimanjaro and Other Stories by Ernest Hemingway
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Jan 30, 2010

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This collection is from Hemingway's prime in the mid-1930s. Two of the stories, "The Snows of Kilimanjaro" and "The Short Happy Life of Francis Macomber," are among the best of his that I've read. Both are set in Africa, and concern men of leisure trying to find some meaning in manly pursuits and meeting bad ends. Hemingway isn't the unalloyed booster of hunting that you might expect him to be— he understands the weakness that drives men to kill animals. And by the time he wrote these stories, he also understood death— not as some glorious end or as something to mythologize, but just as the senseless stopping of life. You can't help feel that some of the sadness that would kill him had already started creeping in here.

Something to note- two of the stories in the collection, "The Killers" and "Fifty Grand" are also collected in "Men Without Women", his 1927 collection. A few others are from 1933's "Winner Take Nothing." Rather than pay for them twice, you might be better off just buying The Complete Short Stories, which has everything in his first three collections a lot more besides: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Comp...

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