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A conversation in a Spanish cafe between a man and a woman that is not as simple as it seems.
Paperback, 4 pages
Published August 1927
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Jessica A man and a woman have a seemingly innocuous conversation. He's trying to convince her to action, but she must ultimately decide for herself.
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Florencia
A couple. A bar. A health condition of some sort. And a small research done by a reader to understand what was going on, exactly. Mere descriptions of actions and dialogue were not enough. But the reader doesn't blame the author for her lack of perception. A detached author that seems to barely know them.
A foreign in their lands.

Economy of the words. Emotions, all over the place. In silence. They have lost their names yet their presence is still felt.

Something breaks.

"We can have the whole wor
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Salymar
Oct 31, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2012-read, ebooks
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Duane
One of Hemingway's best short stories.
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Apr 16, 2018 added it
Shelves: novel
در داستان کوتاه تپه هایی چون فیل هایی سفید اثر ارنست همینگوی، با مضامینی همچون اتکا کردن، ارتباط برقرار کردن، نارضایتی، تغییر و کشمکش مواجه می شویم. داستان که به صورت سوم شخص و توسط یک راوی ناشناس روایت می شود، در یک ایستگاه قطار در اسپانیا رخ می دهد. مکان و زمان داستان دارای اهمیت زیادی است چرا که نماد جایگاه دو قهرمان داستان در زندگی است. آن ها در یک تقاطع قرار دارند و همان طور که در صحبت هایشان مشخص است، هنوز مطمئن نیستند چه مسیری را در پیش بگیرند. با وجود این که خواننده هیچ گاه به صورت دقیق ...more
Thomas
Nov 23, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-for-college
3.5 stars

A memorable and well-written short story about a man pressuring a woman into getting an abortion. "Hills Like White Elephants" showcases Hemingway's writing at its best: clipped, elusive, yet packed with clues that make you want to discover more. Hemingway's characters say a lot without saying much at all, which makes some of his works bland and unbearable, but that style of dialogue works well in this short story. He captures the conflict inherent within difficult conversations and how
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Asghar Abbas
Jun 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing

Now This Is Writing in all its traditional glory, basic stuff that actually gleams and not crumbles in your hands like dross. This is what writing, what Words, is all about. Right here, this is how it's done people. With simplicity, Hemingway allows you to see his simple genius. With bare words he bares everything; gives you his all but that's actually just a glimpse, and therein lies his true mastery. He lets you in, sure but he makes you keep all of it, while you think what you've been given i
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Mia (Parentheses Enthusiast)
I'm quite unsure how to rate this little anecdote, because I'm pretty positive that it's a conversation about whether or not the girl (view spoiler). I feel like that's kind of an easy thing to realise, though, and the description of this work is that it's a conversation that "isn't as it seems" so is there a deeper meaning? What did I miss?

I'm off to read some analyses, which will probably tell me that I'm wrong.

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EDIT: I'm back! I read a few summaries/ana
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Bukk
Jun 04, 2013 rated it did not like it
Hemingway's dumb ass short story about a woman about to get Lasik surgery. The man informs her he cares enough about her to stay with her even if she doesn't want to do it, and would rather keep her glasses. But with her glasses she's like someone else. She doesn't look like the woman he fell in love with. He doesn't want someone else, he wants her.

Since there's nothing in the story that proves it can't be about Lasik surgery, or that it's about something stupid like abortion, it's absolutely a
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Jenna
Sep 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I love Hemingway's approach to writing. I think it takes an excellent writer to use mainly dialogue to present each characters personality without using narrative. I also enjoy the symbolism throughout the story. One in particular (view spoiler) I enjoy Hemin ...more
Savina M.
I had to read this for Creative Writing class, and it just flew right over my head.



I can see the potential behind the story, I get why people love it, but I guess I'm just too young to appreciate this stuff.
Joselito Honestly and Brilliantly
Ford Maddox Ford, whom I consider to be one of the greatest writers who almost caused my hospitalization for boredom, said of Hemingway's writing style: "Hemingway's words strike you, each one, as if they were pebbles fetched fresh from a brook. They live and shine, each in its place."

Here is another typical Hemingway story built on dialogue. A man and a woman, obviously lovers, most likely unmarried, in a railway station in a valley with white hills shaped like elephants somewhere in Spain. Th
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zhikan(ژیکان)
داستانی انتزاعی بود که از روی دیالوگهاش هر چقد داستان که بخوایم میتونیم تصور کنیم. ملودی سازی دیالوگها حالتی چشمگیر و خلسه آور به داستان میدهد.
دیالوگهای پایانی خیلی برام جذاب بود که به اوج یک نقطه بحرانی می رسد ( لطفا لطفا لطفا ....) و در نهایت با واژه های نهایی آرام میگیرد.
Rachel Nicole Wagner
Aug 25, 2016 rated it really liked it
I'm always so impressed with Hemingway's way of writing. This is just another great short story that proves what a great writer he was.
Awesome.
Fatin
Mar 01, 2013 rated it really liked it
This is possibly the only of Hemingway's works that I loved!
Difficult to understand, yes, but not so that you just give up on it after three tries and then google it.
(view spoiler)
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Farya
May 17, 2017 rated it liked it
Sometimes in your life you will be all alone, there are people around you , saying that they care about you, but they really don't.
When you've done something wrong, but it's not just your fault and there are people deciding for you to do what, like in this story which is an ended relationship, although you're not aware that it is.
The time when you want to keep the relationship, but they just want you as an object.
Sara Kamjou
Jun 07, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: short-stories
تعلیق ذهنی که این داستان ایجاد میکند عالی ست! من را مجبور کرد سه بار بخوانمش!
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جمله ماندگار:
مگر همهی کارمان غیر از این است - نگاه کردن چیزها و امتحان کردن مشروبهای تازه؟
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Pallavi Sareen
Apr 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
It baffles my mind how a story written so simply could have such a deep impact and meaning behind it. By removing the unnecessary details from it, Hemingway gave it more depth.
haley
Jan 06, 2018 rated it liked it
Read for Expository Writing.

I do believe it was my first experience reading Hemingway. It's a melancholy tale, but a nice lesson in the art of subtlety.
Vahid
Oct 06, 2017 rated it liked it
Hemingway ,for me, is like the old folks who are quite laconic and leave you with a statement and firmly believe that ,if you are smart enough , you'll crack it.
Hemingway believed that despite our full mastery over language structure, we don't really know how to communicate and convey our thoughts. This conception of his is singularly estated in his short story ''A day's wait'', in this story it's intertwined with the theme as well. Another significant point about Hemingway is that once he told
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Mahsa_Kh
Sep 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Hills like white elephants is a really good short story. The story takes place in a train station between two destinations. A couple who are waiting for the train which comes in 40 minutes. They drink beer and talk about an operation that the girl is going to have, the name of the operation is not mentioned. At first it was a little bit confusing to understand the conversation between these two, but what I liked the most is the meaning behind the sentences. That can happen in our life, too.
"And
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Mel
Aparentemente simple, aparentemente una superficial, superflua y aburrida conversación entre dos personas. Cuando entiendes el sentido de la conversación, del contexto, y de los diferenciados personajes, de todo el simbolismo, de la génesis de dicha conversación... explota la mente. No es de mis favoritos de Hemingway, pero siempre me quedo ojiplática cuando me descubren los sentidos profundos y ocultos de los cuentos cortos en los que yo, por A o por B, no he podido ver nada más que palabras y ...more
Laura
Feb 23, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I could make a case that this is a perfectly written story. Hemmingway left it so full of symbolism, and paid so much attention to detail (he was notorious for that) that every sentence, every line, means something. Beautiful. Beautiful.
Catherine ♡
Aug 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: short-stories
This is one of those stories you can’t really appreciate unless you’ve drowned yourself in all sorts of analyses and interpretations. After that, it’s quite a treasure.
Wendy
Feb 05, 2012 rated it really liked it

I found myself having to read Hemingway's "Hills Like White Elephants" more than once to figure out what was truly going on beyond just the text presented. Before we meet our main characters, we find out that they are waiting at a train station in-between two destinations. I find that there is more to this than meets the eye; why are they directly in-between hills that were "long and white" on one side and "no shade and no trees" on the other side. Their location supports their dilemma; our main
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Anaatasiia Shevchuk
Apr 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: hemingway
Цитаты Эрнеста Хемингуэя, которые много расскажут нам о самих себе:

«Все люди на свете делятся на две категории. С первыми легко, как легко и без них. Со вторыми очень сложно, но жить без них невозможно совсем».

«Писать на самом деле очень просто. Ты просто садишься перед пишущей машинкой и начинаешь истекать кровью».

«Реже всего в жизни я встречал умных людей, которые были бы еще и счастливы».

«Война, какая бы она ни была необходимая и справедливая, всегда преступление».

«Никогда не отправляйтесь в
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Samk808
Hills like White Elephants is an excellent short story written by Earnest Hemmingway. Composed almost entirely of dialogue, it captures a conversation between an American man and the “girl” that he is traveling with. Due to the tone of the conversation and several hints given by Hemmingway, I concluded that this was the story of a man trying to convince his young lover to abort her unplanned pregnancy. The first indication that I saw of this was in Hemmingway’s choice of names for his character ...more
Nicole Pramik
Oct 14, 2015 rated it it was ok
I remember reading this short story for a creative writing course in college (way back in the day). I can see why people like Hemmingway for his style (I confess I'm not that familiar with his work), which is both simple and complex. Simple in that he doesn't try to impress the reader with fancy words here, and complex in how he causes the reader to think about the "white elephant" in the room. (view spoiler) ...more
Dallas
Feb 05, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Ernest Hemmingway’s “Hills Like White Elephants” presented itself to me as a piece that needed to be read several times. By this I do not mean it was difficult to comprehend, or the situation particularly perplexing, but rather its depth became increasingly underestimated. As I read the story the first time, I saw an emotional struggle between two people. The second, I saw a deeper decision being made between the lives of these fictional characters. The third time, however, I started to see an o ...more
Yashira Avendano
Feb 03, 2012 rated it really liked it
Unlike any other story, Hills like White Elephants chose to follow a path of many choices. At first, I didn’t really realize this until I read it twice. It was then that I realized about the operation. Abortion was a choice that had to be done among the couple. Even though the girl was put into pressure through the man since she didn’t know what to do. All that matter to her was pleasuring the man and not caring whether it would make an impact in her life. She once mentioned how she would do it ...more
Lexi Herondale
Apr 07, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: free-standing
Loved it.
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Ernest Miller Hemingway was an American author and journalist. His economical and understated style had a strong influence on 20th-century fiction, while his life of adventure and his public image influenced later generations. Hemingway produced most of his work between the mid-1920s and the mid-1950s, and won the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1954. He published seven novels, six short story collec ...more
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