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Men Without Women: Short Story Collection

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[This edition is in Bulgarian.] First published in 1927, Men Without Women represents some of Hemingway’s most important and compelling early writing. In these fourteen stories, Hemingway begins to examine the themes that would occupy his later works: the casualties of war, the often uneasy relationship between men and women, sport and sportsmanship. In “Banal Story,” Hemi ...more
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Published December 20th 2011 by Scribner (first published October 1927)
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Jana
Oct 01, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
There is this story from Hemingway called 'Hills like white elephants' and my English teacher gave it to me when I was 16. It is still one of the best pieces of literature I have ever read. I give it to my students as well, not to all of them, but to adults and those who can intellectually digest it. Every time I do it, I learn something new although I know this story by heart but Hemingway confuses readers with setting and symbolism and when you have something very confusing in front of you, yo ...more
David Schaafsma
“So it’s a town full of bright boys.” –The Killers

Joseph Wood Krutch called the stories in Men Without Women "Sordid little catastrophes" involving "very vulgar people,” an assessment I find that observation ungenerous and vulgar in its own way, to miss the subtley and elegance of the prose, to miss the humanity and vulnerability underneath the bravado and bullfighting and boxing. I know Hemingway is out of fashion at the moment as supposed misogynist and drunk, but I think its somewhat too narr
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Shovelmonkey1
Jun 26, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: real men and hard drinkers
Hemingway was born into a period when men were still fully expected to indulge in manly sports such as fishing and fighting and watching animals getting massacred in entertaining ways (all of which were presumably improved if there was a handy cerveza or scotch to hand). A time when men approached the acts of love and the acts of war with the same head on determination because life is brief and you never know when your number might be up (or your tackle might get blown off by either a Communist ...more
Cecily
I'm not especially keen on short stories: if they're good, I can't read too many in quick succession because it's disorienting, and if they're not good... I don't really want to read them.

It may be blasphemous to many, but this collection was in the latter camp, hence it took me a long time to read a very short book. I just couldn't engage with the characters, plots (I hate bullfighting and boxing, which set me against a couple of them) or writing style, the latter being mostly such short senten
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Brad
Mar 25, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An Alpine Idyll -- The most striking image from any story in Hemingway's Men Without Women is that of the peasant man chopping and gathering wood in the lantern light, with the lantern dangling from the open mouth of his dead and frozen wife.

It is such a fitting image, considering the title of Hemingway's book, but I have never been bothered by the image, nor the action, as so many seem to be.

The peasant and his wife lived a hard life. We know that. And he was an ex-soldier who'd likely witnesse
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Duane
Published in 1927, this is Hemingway's 2nd group of short stories. This collection contains 14 stories and these were quite good. Of course there is a story about bullfighting and one about boxing, as you would expect. But they've got that Hemingway flair or style that is unique and very recognizable. Another story that was very poignant about a girl on the train, on the way to get an abortion, and her discussion with her lover, although they don't directly say that's what they are doing. All in ...more
Fatin
I'm not really sure I see Hemingway's brilliance just yet. An idea or a quote will flit through when you least expect it and then the spark just goes out.
I love how he strips his stories of everything but the bare fundamentals, and sets it so that you never know what the story actually is. It quietly lurks behind the lines and pages, waiting for those who want to find it, and then bloody runs away when you think you've caught it. You just cannot win. It took me three reads to understand Hills Li
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Shahed
بعد از «پیرمرد و دریا» و «وداع با اسلحه» این سومین کتابی بود که از همینگوی میخواندم. هر چند سبک داستان نویسی او در این مجموعه جالب است و با دقت تمام به جزئیات میپردازد و اولین داستان با عنوان «کله شق» به آسانی میتواند تبدیل به فیلمنامه شود، اما داستانها جذابیت خاصی ندارند. داستان کوتاه «مسابقهی پنجاه هزار دلاری» بدک نبود
طرح فوقالعاده جالب روی جلد کتاب در نسخهای که من مطالعه کردم (چاپ چهارم نشر افق) کار کیانوش غریبپور است. طرحی بسیار ساده که با چند حرکت قلم مو آفریده شده و مرد تنهایی را به تصویر
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Brian
Sep 17, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
An early collection of Hemingway stories that show the range he would employ in his longer works. The more famous "Hills Like White Elephants" and "The Killers" are included in this volume. "Now I Lay Me" was a new story for me and was my favorite of the bunch.
Byurakn
Mar 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I think Hemingway's short stories are underestimated. Most of them are as good as his novels and some of them are even better.
Ziba
Sep 22, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Extract from Ten Indians:

“My heart’s broken,” he thought. “If I feel this way my heart must be broken.”
After a while he heard his father blow out the lamp and go into his own room. He heard a wind come up in the trees outside and felt it come in cool through the screen. He lay for a long time with his face in the pillow, and after a while he forgot to think about Prudence and finally he went to sleep. When he awoke in the night he heard the wind in the hemlock trees outside the cottage and the
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Lisa
Oct 06, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: b-n-50, bbc-100
I'm not good at short stories. It is a literary form that has eluded me, just as the story gets good; it ENDS!
Hemingway writes short stories that feel like snap shots; you see the young couple in the cafe, the boy trying to contain his broken heart, the injured soldiers. But the contact is brief, you look at them and draw conclusions about their lives based on body language, facial expression, their manner of speech and their interactions with the world. But a snapshot does not tell you what hap
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Martha
Mar 03, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What rock have I been under? I had no idea there were short stories within Men Without Women, this small book of 137 pages. I had just finished For Whom the Bell Tolls and found this book. I thought, “Oh, Ernest Hemingway, I’ll like this novella. I will read it quickly to add to my 2013 Reading Challenge.” Uh, not! These short stories by Ernest Hemingway were the toughest short stories I have ever read; I haven’t worked my brain as much as I have with these. They seem so simple at first, easy di ...more
Mala

Recommended for: Tough guys with a gentle heart.

The blurb on the cover read " In these tales shorn of sensitivity and femininity,one meets real men–gunslingers, bullfighters,soldiers, jockeys,gangsters--," I stopped there,frowning--aren't doctors,academics,bankers (ok,not bankers) real men too?

Ah,but then you have to remember Hemingway's culture of machismo*: these are 'real men' cause they've looked death in the eye,they have gone to the edge & come back- mortally wounded yet never concedin
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أحمد جابر

مجموعة قصصية فارغة، يبدأ همنغواي بالقصة مثلًا، ويمحورها، وينزل ما شاء من شخصيات فيها وحوارات، ثم ينهيها كلاعب يسدد خارج المرمى، ما تعلمته من هذه المجموعة هو ألا أكتب مثلها.
Zak
Oct 01, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I had two short story collections before me with the title 'Men Without Women', one by Ernest Hemingway, the other by Haruki Murakami. I went with Hemingway's because it was slimmer and had a nice cover photograph of some men sitting at a doorway drinking beer and smoking cigarettes (yeah, I'm shallow that way).

Anyway, as is typical for short story collections, some are good, some are so-so. The better ones require a bit of thinking, which is always a good thing. My favourites, in no particular
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Volodymyr Stoyko
Oct 30, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Now I lay me down to sleep, I pray, thee, Lord, my soul to keep. If I should die before I wake, I pray, thee, Lord, my soul to take.

Кожного разу думаючи про свого улюбленого книжкового героя, я згадую Юхана Нільсена Нагеля із "Містерій" Гамсуна як найбільш близького по духу мені персонажа. Єдина його проблема - зневіра та слабкий дух, який не дозволив йому утримати контроль над меланхолійними переживаннями своїх проблем. Дочитуючи збірку творів Хемінгуея "Чоловіки без жінок", зловив себе на розд
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Greg Z
What an intriguing title! And what a fascinating cover/illustration. If you look closely, there appears to be one woman in the crowd, but her eyes are blocked from the action by a rope around the boxing ring. (We're approaching thesis territory about titles of books, but I digress.) And as the book progresses, one becomes further mystified as to why Hemmingway chose this title. The book opens with a good bullfight story in which no women appear. Next, a Major advises a patient to never marry: a ...more
Metin Yılmaz
Sep 29, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: stories
Elbette güzel öyküler fakat çeviriden midir yoksa içine almamasından mıdır bilemem az biraz az sürükleyici bir okuma oldu. Lokanta ve katilleri çok iyiydi ama daha önce okumuştum ve yine etkilenmiştim.
BookNotBite
เปนครังแรกทีอานงานแปลของสนพ.กำมะหยีแลวรูสึก...อึนๆ ติดๆ ขัดๆ..ไมไหลลืนอยางทีเคย ...more
Iva
Sep 13, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Як я вже зазначав у рев’ю до "Фієсти", коротка проза Гема мені заходить найкраще.
Він все ще лишається доволі спецефічним автором, місцями занудним, всюди - понад міру беземоційним, сухим та скутим у плані образності мови. Проте, не скутий у образності сюжету: лише відзначення окремими оваціями "слонячого" оповідання (розмова чоловіка з жінкою про вагітність та аборт без жодного прямого згадування вагітності та аборту) зі збірки "Чоловіки без жінок" у рецензіях тут же, на Goodreads, є тому свідч
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Tfitoby
Oct 02, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: lit, short-stories
My first taste of Hemingway and his much praised writing style. The stories from this collection, and especially The Killers, are very good examples of slice of life narratives. I love how backstory is implied for the characters and events and every story leaves you contemplating what will follow.

I did however feel let down by possibly the two weakest stories closing the collection which left a bad flavour in the mouth of an otherwise highly enjoyable experience.

Both movie adaptations of The Kil
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Matt Eckel
Sep 25, 2007 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Style vs. Substance, that's the ongoing debate. In this collection I'd have to say that Style is the main event -- which isn't to say there aren't some good stories in there -- but in my opinion, the action takes a back seat to the rhythm of the writing itself.

Used to teach Hills Like White Elephants and Ten Indians, subsequently they're my favorite. Chosen for their thematic content and (admittedly) their brevity, these are a great way to introduce students to the idea of subtext: almost boring
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Kourosh Ghaniyoun
"بايد حتما زن بگيريد. چرا يك دختر پولدار خوشگل ايتاليايي گير نمي آوريد؟ لب كه تر كني همه با سر مي آيند. جوان نيستي كه هستي. خوشگل و خوش هيكل نيستي كه هستي. مدال هم كه گرفته ايد. تازه چند دفعه هم زخمي شده ايد.
خب، زبان شما را خوب نميدانم.
اولا كه خوب حرف مي زنيد. دوما حرف زدن هم بلد نباشيد، فرق نمي كند. شما ميخواهيد عروسي كنيد، نه اينكه حرف بزنيد."

جنگ، جنگ، جنگ! داستان هاي كوتاه او به وسيله موضوع مشتركشان كه "جنگ" است وحدت مي يابند. لذت مطالعه آثارش دقايقي بعد از پايان يافتن اثر حس مي شود! گويي تلن
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Satyabrata Mishra
Apr 20, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Men without women is a collection of short stories. After a movable feast, this book felt like a letdown. It's brilliant in patches ( hills like white elephant is extremely well crafted). But then again all the stories leave you wishing for more. Still pick it up just for hills like white elephant.
Falina
I am so indifferent to this book. I honestly don't understand why people love Hemingway or what meaning they find in stories like these. They just seemed so inconsequential to me.
Hanna Matsyuk
Oct 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Коли я вперше по-справжньому закохалась (і вдруге теж), і те кохання закінчилося всупереч моєму бажанню, я була дуже сумна і зла. Єдине чого я хотіла - бути на їхньому місці, хотіла бути чоловіками без жінок. Бути і відчувати себе як герої кожного такого оповідання, які завжди мають життя поза жінками. Деколи вдавалося і допомагало, але загалом цей скіл виявився зовсім бєспалєзним в житті, особливо коли виявилось, що така поведінка лякає людей. А ше трохи подорослішавши, мені стало то зовсім нец ...more
Asha Seth
Now I lay Me, The Undefeated, Hills like White Elephants, are my favorites of the lot.
Nina
Oct 17, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
داستان کوتاه های همینگوی رو باید بخونی و بخونی و بخونی...امروز که بخونیش و بذاریش کنار چندسال دبگه دوباره بری سراغش جور دیگه ای باهات حرف میزنه طور دیگه مسائلو نشون میده و اگه ده سال دیگه دوباره بری سراغش اون باز حرف داره واسه گفتن... و یقین دارم این مال همون قضیه ی کوه یخه...
Joey Gold
May 02, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
To begin reading this book, one must loosen his "godlike" or "iconic" image of Hemingway for a better experience – that is if one has this type of common misassumption about the author. If you begin reading this book with a bias view of Hemingway you juxtaposed from countless sources claiming he was a superior genius, the most groundbreaking writer since Shakespeare, etc., you will feel deeply disappointed when you'll find out a rather simple yet often neglected fact; Hemingway was very, very, h ...more
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