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As Torrentes da Primavera [The Torrents of Spring]

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First published in 1926, The Torrents of Spring is a hilarious parody of the Chicago school of literature. Poking fun at that “great race” of writers, it depicts a vogue that Hemingway himself refused to follow. In style and substance, The Torrents of Spring is a burlesque of Sherwood Anderson’s Dark Laughter, but in the course of the narrative, other literary tendencies a ...more
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Published August 2nd 2011 by Scribner (first published January 1st 1926)
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Brian Willis
Hemingway wrote this book in ten days in order to opt out of a dissatisfying contract and to sign with Scribner at the urging of F. Scott Fitzgerald (who makes a hilarious appearance in the book). Some have dismissed it as a satirical skewering of the the styles of the modern realists such as Anderson and dos Passos. And yes, while those elements are present, they do not come at the expense of Hemingway himself. For this is also Hemingway's own farewell to his roots: to Illinois and to his debt ...more
Apr 10, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This is Hemingway publicly mocking his friend and mentor, Sherwood Anderson. It is a harsh thing to insult the person to which you owe your first publishing deal, as well as much of your writing style, but if you have read much of the biographical material on Hemingway, you will know that he was a hugely selfish and egotistical person. The manuscript was later used to break from his publisher (the same as Anderson's) for a better deal from Scribner's.

But it is funny. Funny mostly due to it's abs
Michael Bohli
Jan 01, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017
Das nennt man wohl, mit dem falschen Buch in das neue Jahr gestartet. Hemingway war schon lange auf meiner Liste, doch "Die Sturmfluten des Frühlings" war eindeutig keine gute Wahl um in das Schaffen des Herrn einzusteigen. Dieser kurze Roman ist nämliche eine satirische Abhandlung und ein Angriff des Autors auf seinen damaligen Verleger, seine Kollegen und eine Abrechnung mit Teilen seiner eigenen Herkunft. Somit gestaltet sich der Genuss sehr schmal, wenn man die Biografie von Ernest nicht ken ...more
Mitchelle R Jansen
Oct 12, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classics
A book that gets your heart racing and then suddenly the author cuts you off ruining the moment.
I hated the beginning.... but as the book progressed, I must say, Hemingway and his antics paid off.
Sylvie Spraakman
Just funny! I don't even get all the references, because I'm not a 1920s era author, but poking fun at establishment and pretentiousness resonates with all generations.
Sep 18, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I first read this book in college, when I was consuming everything that Hemingway wrote and thought everything he wrote was spun gold. Even in that Hemingway hysteria, I hated this book. I thought that as an adult with a better appreciation for the literary world that Hemingway was lampooning I would like it more, and after reading it for a second time, I have no idea why I thought that and want to yell at me from five days ago. It's far worse than I remember it.

Do you need to spend a few hours
Aug 25, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What an odd, un-Hemingwayesque novella. At times I thought I had fallen into a Nathanael West absurdist comedy. I know Papa wrote it as a parody of Sherwood Anderson, but, not knowing Anderson's work well enough to 'get it,' I still thought this slim book a droll delight.
Hasan حسن  منصور
كتب همنغواي هذا العمل في عشرة أيام! كسخرية من بعض التوجهات اﻷدبية أو كنوع من الثورة على أساليب الكتابة السائدة بداية القرن العشرين..وهي عمله الثاني بعد مجموعته القصصية اﻷولى..وعلى عكس ما قيل في المقال المرفق بالمقدمة من أن الرواية لم تشي آنذاك بظهور كاتب كبير كهمنغوي، فإني أراها أبانت عنه أكثر من رواية تالية لها وشائعة كلاتزال الشمس تشرق والتي لم أحسن فهمها!..الرواية أظنها نشرت 1926، وكأني أستشعر أنها أثرت في عمالقة ذلك الجيل كفوكنر وكالدويل وشتاينبك وغيرهم، ﻷنه يلاحظ من تواريخ النشر أنها صدرت ق ...more
معتز عناني
ارنست همنجواي رمز في قصته بأسلوب رائع الي انسان الفطرة (الهندي ) الذي يأتي ويستبدله سكريسس اونيل في وطنه وهو انسان فقد مبادئه ( هجرتني زوجتي ) فيحتضن الحلم الامريكي ( الطائر الصغير ) برفعة الانسان الذي سريعاً ما يقابل في المطعم ( شهوة الانسان ) الاوروبيين الهاربين من حضارتهم البالية بسبب الحرب ( النادلة البريطانية ) اما عن الأم المفقودة ( الحضارة الانسانية ) واستبدالها بالرجل العسكري (الحضارة العسكرية ) . ثم يذهب سكريسس للعمل في مصنع المضحات العظيمة( الرأسمالية المتوحشة ) التي تنتج الطلقات بجان ...more
Erik Graff
Jul 30, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Hemingway fans
Recommended to Erik by: Linda Sue Harrington
Shelves: literature
I read this, along with any other Hemingway books I could find, in order to better understand the woman who recommended him to me. Having gotten through several novels and innumerable short stories by the author, I was rather startled by this, his first published novel, as it is entirely unlike everything else. Indeed, it is a sophomoric satire which I found very funny at the time although I had little idea of the literary styles Hemingway was parodying.
Dec 21, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I read this on the redeye and I wasn't really paying attention because Dennis Rodman was making a ruckus by the bathrooms. At any rate, I don't think satire was Hemingway's thing.

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May 08, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book made me laugh outloud, numerous times. It's quite different then most Hemingway. It's not a serious book, it's kinda goofy,and I thought it was great fun.
Delara H F
اصلا انگار همینگوی نبود :/
ناراضی ام
Feb 06, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
For a Hemingway way book, this is a very poor substitute for one. Every section Hemingway felt he had to do a summary and then go on an ego trip of who he knew or met.

The book itself had a poor story line. In parts Hemingway bragged it took him a few hours to write. I can truly believe that.

The story themes of a relationship breaking up, working in a bean factory, the indigenous community being suppressed had all the hallmarks of an Erskine Caldwell book.
George Sotirakos
Υπερβολικά απλή γραφή με περιττές παραγράφους σε πολλές περιπτώσεις. Υπόθεση χωρίς κάποια κατεύθυνση και ένα τέλος το οποίο σε κάνει να αναρωτιέσαι τι είχε στο μυαλό του ο γράφων του. Ο Χέμινγουει αναφέρει στις τελευταίες σελίδες ότι έγραψε αυτό το βιβλίο μέσα σε 10 μέρες. Νομίζω φαίνεται.
Bob R Bogle
Oct 19, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: hemingway
Mildly amusing. As this novel is said to be a satire, particularly of Sherwood Anderson's DARK LAUGHTER, a fair reviewer would also read that novel, which hardly seems worthwhile.
Jorg Van Velzen
Jun 25, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Matig verhaal. Waarschijnlijk doordat het een parodie op de grote schrijvers van zijn tijd is.
Feb 18, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
To be frank, it is a short little thing that I cannot quite classify as either good or bad but it is Hemingway and thus I was propelled through it all. The whole affair is very absurd to read, especially all the Author's notes that are left through out the text. Honestly, I could not say I would recommend this to be read by any folks who don't care to have a shelf filled with every Hemingway work. But I would recommend those who want an hour or two alone with some strange and baffling piece of w ...more
Aug 08, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The ratings of this book vary. Wildly. Some people complain about Hemingway's writing style. These people, of course, are misguided. (To each his own, I suppose, and the book *is* less refined than others of his works...) Other reviewers complain that the book is incomprehensible to them. They gripe that they are not familiar with the works that Hemingway was parodying; what an odd complaint to lay at an author's feet.

The latter criticism is unfortunate for another reason. Hemingway wrote Torre
Brett Anderson
I liked it for odd reasons. If you are looking for something short by Ernest Hemingway, start with The Old Man and the Sea. If you are looking for something long, start with For Whom the Bell Tolls. If you are looking for something by him more obscure, try Islands in the Stream.

I think I liked this book most for the random historical insights I gathered. For example, I was entertained to learn that loin cloths were standard attire for native american factory workers at the time and place of the
Feb 28, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Review can also be found in Chill and read

What can one say of The Torrents of Spring…?

This is not a classic Hemingway book. For those who know him and have read his books, this is not going to be one of their favorite. That said, let’s get into the book details.

The Torrents of Spring is a hilarious parody of the Chicago school of literature. Poking fun at that “great race” of writers, it depicts a vogue that Hemingway himself refused to follow. Rumor has it, he practically written this book in t
Mar 31, 2010 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: novella
It's Hemingway's first novel and you can kind of tell. The style is like a college student doing a fairly decent, though sometimes poor, impression of Hemingway. The stillness of the world is there, as is the man trying to be a man, but it doesn't have the same resonating sound of Great America and the wild drink and conversation for the ages.

It's all very humdrum, but, in fleeting moments, it's Hemingway's version of humdrum. Other times, it's just really, really humdrum. The plot, the charact
Aug 25, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: american
Written as parody, and partial rejection of his mentors, teachers and fellow writers of the 1920s, and partly to set off on his own as a writer. It reads like a parody (of itself almost) but it comes together and is as satisfying as many a more conventional novel. Things happen (plot) to people (characters) in specific places (settings). It may be fractured but there is a strange unity created out of this fracturing. I like almost all of the characters though I sense that Hemingway wrote them to ...more
Mar 28, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed
"What black thoughts he had been thinking! He had been on the verge of suicide." So writes Hemingway here in 1926. And in 1961 he does just that. The book jacket tells me this is "hilarious parody" but this to me is a prime example of a book that "has not aged well" at best, and is definitely sorta creepy. According to the book jacket, I was to find "hilarious parody." Perhaps with a doctorate in literature, I would have found it so (in 1926). Then again, for Hemingway to parody other writers so ...more
Mar 20, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I give this 1.5 stars. I guess he did successfully make fun of the novel Anderson wrote, the friend who introduced him to all of the influential expats in Paris that helped him launch his career. The book by Anderson was annoying and terrible in my opinion and so was the Torrents of Spring. I'm embarrassed for Hemingway though for making fun of Anderson's repetition and simple word usage considering he worked so hard to put in word repetition into his own writing. Satire is less effective when i ...more
Mahmoud Nagahy
Oct 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
همنجواي هو رائد اُسلوب المحاكاة في الكتابة . لا يكف عن الركض ابدا . لا يسقط الا ( عند الرحيل )
وفي ركضه بحثا عما يمكن اعادة ترتيبه أدبيا يكون جامحا ( فطريا ) فيمتع و يقنع . ثم يمارس سلطانه الأدبي في تشويه ما تم رصده فتكون كتاباته عبثية في جوهرها . واقعية في اثرها .
يتلاعب بالحقيقة و يتلاعب بالقارئ بساخر أسلوبه .
يشفي غليله من أساتذته ( على طريقته ) و يشفى نهم القارئ من ساحر أسلوبه .
ومن آثار سلطانه انك ( بغير وعي منك ) تكون من اتباعه مأخوذا به على حين غرة ادبية . فيستقوى بك على الروائيين وتستقوي
Mar 17, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was my first Hemingway. I'm not really sure what I was expecting, but it certainly wasn't this.

I found it funny in places, however I didn't really 'get' most of it. From reading other reviews, it seems that Hemingway was trying to make fun of other works/authors. Maybe if I'd read those I would have understood it more.

It was ok for what it was, but nothing special. Again, from other reviews it seems I should read more from him, and not take this as a true reflection of his work.
Gerardo B.
Creo que es lo primero que leo de Hemingway y no me gusta. Lo encontré torpe, los diálogos, aunque tienen el estilo propio del autor, no logran la potencia que tiene en obras posteriores. La prosa es algo desordenada, la historia parece no ir a ningún lado e incluso después de terminarlo no estoy seguro de si iba a un lado en particular. Es más como un chiste interno que otra cosa.
Dec 19, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
ببساطة ارنست همنجواي كان بيهزر في الرواية دي ..
الملفت ان الرواية تاني رواية ليه وهو عنده الشجاعة أن يبث كمية العبث دا للقارئ .. شيء ملفت جدا
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