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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 narrativ ...more
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Published August 2nd 2011 by Scribner (first published January 1st 1926)
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Matthew
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
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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
Drfine
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
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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
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
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Griselda
A literary curiosity, this short satire is memorable mostly for its characters who seem to have stepped out of Hopper's Nighthawks painting.
Kirsty
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.
The Black Hat Writer
I'm a mark for Hemingway, anyway. I've only read three of his books prior to this, but I loved them. Hemingway is, to me, one of the greatest writers of all time. His prose was simple, but it was innovative. It strayed writing from the long-worded complexities of the old English and Russian writers (all of which I have a deep respect for, and Charles Dickens is probably my top favorite author) to steer contemporary styles to a simpler, easier to read structure that was beautifully crafted in its ...more
Jamie
Flimsy send up of the modernists who supported Hemingway in his time in Paris. Sherwood Anderson is, I guess, the main one, but I see some Stein & Joyce in there too. Eh. I don't know--it's kind of like, how are you going to satirize the elitism of these people in so particular a way that people who don't know these authors and their bodies of work can't access the parody? Isn't that, too, elitist? My book club mostly didn't, for example, have a lot of background in Hemingway's source texts ...more
Pink
I didn't hate it, but less than a month on and I can't remember a single thing.
Mitchelle R Jansen
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.
Matt
Even on my second read 20 years later this is a weird one-off book from Hemingway... glad he got it out of his system (and that there was only one like it in the system!).
Dan
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.
Olivia
Maybe this was the wrong book to start reading Ernest Hemingway.

I picked it up randomly when I was in London but didn't read it until a few months later. Before I started I had no idea what to expect as I've never before read anything of him so I happened to be a little bit confused by the story and the style of writing. Only afterwards I read reviews of it and noticed that the opinions on this book vary extremely. Apparently it's supposed to be a parody on other contemporary authors and hence
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Gary
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.
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.
Amber
Una historia bastante disparatada en el sentido de lo escrito, me refiero. Es la primera vez que leo una historia donde a mitad del relato aparece el escritor criticando a otros grandes escritores e invitando a comprar dicho manuscrito que hará que el se vuelva rico y que lo recomiendes, aún si este no te agradó del todo, y es allí donde trata de ganarte, una historia de burla sin duda, a la que si no te fijas no le encontrarás ni pies ni cabeza, y eso que era su primera publicación, vaya señor. ...more
Ben
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
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Becca Loo
short. like 90 pages short. the story was alright. what was more interesting was his author's notes. about halfway through the book he changes his subject from scripps o'neil (cool name) to yogi johnson (another cool name) and feels he must add an author's note to clarify this change in case the reader is confused; that's kind of unnecessary because it seems obvious to me what he's doing, but what's cute is how he says, "It is very hard to write this way, beginning things backward, and the autho ...more
Jay
The Torrents of Spring came right out of the malicious side of Hemingway’s nature. It was on one hand a satirical attack—the back-cover notes describe it as “a hilarious parody”—of Sherwood Anderson’s literary style of, particularly, his Dark Laughter. It was Hemingway’s effort to disassociate himself publically and definitively from an author who had befriended him both as a person and as a fledging writer and whom critics saw as his mentor. It was also Hemingway’s strategy for changing publish ...more
Jake
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
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Dima Yakovenko
Все произведение можно описать одним словом "странный" и это будет верно, это слово подойдет ко всему. Тут странные герои, совершающие не менее странные поступки и тут постоянно происходят какие то странные вещи и события. Все это не плохо, в какой то степени, даже имеет свой особый шарм, но все равно это не совсем нормально. История местами раздражает своей странностью и нелогичностью. Да чего уж там, логика просто погулять уходит иногда. Как и нормальные, обдуманные поступки героев, которые ту ...more
Daniel
A quick read. Hemingway satirizes Sherwood Anderson, John Dos Passos, James Joyce, D.H. Lawrence, etc. It all goes down in Northern Michigan.

I read Torrents after reading The 42nd Parallel by Dos Passos, from which Hemingway borrows the grandiose mood and super-earnest young Americans. Hemingway sits these strapping fellows down in podunk bars and has them muse about the fairy-traceries of frost on the windows and the beauty of Paris. One of them acquires a pet sparrow and marries an elderly Eng
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Anindya Baidya
The ease with which he writes these simple stories, the words flow like a mountain stream hitting you hard and sometimes throwing you off balance. Plot may not be a necessary ingredient of a classic, it is the concept and the presentation and the pure genius of arguably the greatest of English Literature. I will not comment on the morale of the concept, that was not what I was looking for when I started reading this. The occasional interruptions did not work out properly, with the author guiding ...more
Mikael Kuoppala
Hemingway’s first longer work “The Torrents of Spring” was written as a parody of literature from the beginning of the 20th century and most precisely of “Dark Laughter” by Sherwood Anderson. I haven’t read “Dark Laughter” and have never been that much into parodies so it’s probably not that surprising that “The Torrents of Spring” didn’t reach me at all.

It’s odd to think that Hemingway began his career of writing in the longer form by making fun of his contemporaries. Gutsy, and we all know Hem
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Rachael
I didnt like this novel as much as i've liked other examples of Hemingway's work. This was a parody and you can sense a mocking tone from time to time. The stream of consciousness style reminds me of Faulkner's The Sound and the Fury. I also believe that he wrote this in 10 days. It didnt feel like he took as much care with this novel as he did with all his other work. But I did like his note to the reader at the end.
Christine
The short review: WTF

The long(er) review: There was one redeeming quality. It was set in Michigan (up in the northern lower peninsula, around Petosky). A good deal of the plot line lost me. Not sure if the main character was a little mentally out there, but it sure looked like it. And the author would jump in and out towards the end, and it seemed to detract even more from the monologue. Mr Hemingway was trying to parody somebodies, I understand, but it just made his story look horrid and theirs
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Val Pehrson
Bitterly cruel to mock Sherwood Anderson like this, especially considering Anderson was not only who first got Hemingway published, but also arguably the greatest influence on him as a writer. Anderson is one of my favorite authors and I hate to see him dragged through the mud this way. That aside, I still was unimpressed by The Torrents of Spring. It's no "The Sun Also Rises."
Venky
A pure Hemingway delight! Penned during his early days when his prowess as a writer was still in its infancy, "The Torrents Of Spring" gives away the raw and mesmerizing skills of a marvelous author. Each character is clothed in a conspiracy that is unique, plagued with doubts that are gnawing and embellished by eccentricities, which in the end resolve into acts of clarity.
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