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The Essential Hemingway

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It has been said of Ernest Hemingway that half the writers of the twentieth century have tried to imitate him and the other half have tried not to. A towering figure in the pantheon of American letters, the leading voice of the 'lost generation', winner of the Nobel Prize for literature and a Pulitzer Prize, Hemingway is known around the world for the brilliance of his wri ...more
Paperback, 507 pages
Published December 1st 1947 by Arrow Books (first published 1947)
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Sean de la Rosa
Apr 15, 2011 rated it did not like it
Hemmingway, winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1954 most definitely experienced a significant amount of war and times of uncertainty in his lifetime - this forms a major portion of the material he uses.

The verdict: I read through all 500 pages or so and did not enjoy the book as much as I was expecting to. At the end of each chapter I sat asking the question: so what? I guess its just like people say: different strokes for different folks.
Gavin
Apr 12, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Yep, this is the Hemingway to read - a best of, really, but you don't necessarily need more than that.

With such a seemingly simple, paratactic style, I at first questioned - how could he be considered a "genius"? Florid Nabokov is "genius", labyrinthine Joyce is "genius" - Hemingway just seems to write what he sees! But he is a genius, or at least I'm a big big fan of his, despite all the feminist criticism (I think they miss the point - I think he embraces castration as much as you would like t
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Kmaceross
Apr 18, 2015 rated it it was ok
I started this book expecting to love it considering all the praise that I have heard about Hemingway and also because of the fact that I have read and liked many quotes from him, but sadly, I did not. I really had to push myself to even finish it and am glad that I read this book before diving into one of his full-length novels. I think I will stick to reading his quotes from now on.
Margaret Small
Jan 30, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: fiction
A major writer, I know, but.... I read 'Fiesta', an aimless novel in which the main characters drink a great deal and generally are rude to each other. There are bullfights too. Read the next one, a chapter from another novel in which an ambulance driver inWWI was on the run. Gave it up then.
April Hottinger
If you have never had the chance to read Hemingway this is the perfect book for you. The selection of readings are the perfect introductions to his works and have inspired me to read more.
Pete Kelly
Jul 29, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A good introduction to the master of the short sentence. One of the finest American writers of the 20th Century. Hemingway should be on everyone's book shelf.
Michael Geer
Dec 30, 2017 rated it liked it
I find his stories are vastly better than his novels, perhaps because it has more pointed character development in his shorter fiction. All in all, I can see the appeal of his style but I am not as entertained as I had hoped to be.
Alan
Early (1924-1941) Hemingway

I suspect that if you love Hemingway it is the very late (e.g. the Paris memoir A Moveable Feast) and the very early (the vignettes in our time & the later expanded In Our Time ) that were probably the cause of that love. They were for me in any case.

The Essential Hemingway is a 1947 U.K. anthology edition first published by Jonathan Cape and reissued by a few other publishers since that time but apparently never updated. It is hard to justify it still being called
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Rita Sophie
Dec 04, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Oh, oh.... Mr. Hemingway! How I love you!
Somehow, and I'm not going to enter into too many details, my reading 'Essential Hemingway' was very much like my first relationship - he was the most beautiful and the smartest guy I've ever known. At one point, though, we both got tired. And we split, though there was still love there. I loved reading Hemingway, but I simply had to leave some of his short stories in this volume un-read (if I'm allowed). It was too much! It was too dark... It was like th
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Kate Millin
Aug 16, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very much a book of its time with themes of drinking, parties, bullfighting, war, hunting and fishing. I am not sure if I would like to read the full versions of the books which had excerpts in these collections 'a farewell to arms', ' to have and have not' and 'for whom the bell tolls'. I found the writing about the men in the war stories very moving - it was a difficult time for all of them and yet they also had the comradeship with their colleagues.

Hemingway shows his joy in these ways of lif
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Meghan
October 15, 2013: I purchased this for the purpose of readin the short stories "In Our Time" so this rating reflects that section only.

I can appreciate Hemingway's writing. In many ways, I find myself thinking he is very good because he achieves he goal of writing whatbis true. That said, his abrupt style makes it very difficult for me to engage with his characters and care what is happening to them.

I continue to struggle with the short story format. The main thought I had was "at least I'm don
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Deanna
Jul 07, 2012 rated it liked it
It didn't quite reach my expectations. I just don't think it's my style of writing. I like how he introduces characters but some of his character descriptions I've found repetitive and the dialogue doesn't flow as easily as I'd like. He reminds me of Salinger, but I prefer Steinbeck. A great writer though and I'll keep plodding through for a few more of the short stories at the end.

Also Paris lovers may enjoy this. I've been but still couldn't follow all of the geographical references.
Zeno
Dec 16, 2012 rated it did not like it
Hindi ko alam, baka hindi lang ito ang tamang panahon para basahin ko si Hemingway. Baka masyado pa akong immature para maapreciate ang kanyang katha. Hindi ko maintindihan kung saan papunta ang kuwento sa kanyang istorya, hindi ko alam kung saan ako dadalhin. Para ako nitong idinuduyan sa hangin sa gaan ng kanyang mga salita pero hahanapin mo pa rin kung saan ka ba niya tinatahak, at nawala ako doon. Siguro itatabi ko muna ito at muling bubuklatin sa mga susunod na panahon, pag handda na ako.
Tarmo
Apr 10, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Originaalkeeles Hemingway lugemine on ettevõtmine, võiks öelda suisa, et keeruline ettevõtmine.

Kuna tegemist on kogumikuga, siis on terviklikku hinnangut üsna keeruline anda. Kindlasti meeldis mulle kogumikus täispikana esindatud romaan "Ja päike tõuseb". Lühijuttude ja ülejäänud romaanikatkete osas oli emotsioon aga väga kõikuv, sest mõne lugemine nõudis ikka siirast pingutust.
alesha dawson
there were only a few of the short stories that i liked personally. his iceberg writing style is interesting and enjoyable on the whole but i feel like i just do not connect with most of his stories on a level of interest. i know each of his stories are unique, but the reoccuring dominant themes of war and just that time period are usually boring to me.
Carrie
Aug 12, 2009 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
She opened up the laptop. It was a nice laptop. She pressed the button to take the laptop out of standby. She went to the tab with GoodReads and found the book.

"I don't like this style of writing at all," she wrote. "I think I can safely conclude I don't like Hemingway."
Ahlia
Feb 20, 2014 rated it really liked it
It's Pappa, why would be anything different than Great Reads
and re-reads and more re-reads.
Mark Swelstad
May 27, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction, owned
I read the stories from 'In Our Time'.
Anne
Sep 21, 2013 rated it really liked it
part of my quest to read all of Hemingway I can get my hands on.
Justine
Oct 21, 2011 rated it it was ok
I was disappointed. Too high an expectation of Hemingway, perhaps. Not too fond of tales 'without heads or tails'.
James Booth-Jones
Hemingway cuts through a story like a hot knife through butter.
Liezel
Jan 30, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Worst and most random compilation I have ever come across. Unclear how shoving three random chapters from A Farewell to Arms into the middle of the book seemed like a good idea
Jan
Oct 01, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Book was good. Skipped a few chapters that were taken from other Hemingway books.
Joannarokosz18gmail.com
I didn't finish this book. Maybe I will come back to it later and hopefully I will like it more.
Ajgrands
Oct 06, 2012 rated it it was ok
Really wanted to like it. Alas.
SuzAnne King
I've always found him more of a "man's kinda writer" and did so with this one. My husband loved it.
Andrew
Didn't realize this was mostly novel excerpts when I picked it up - that was a bit disappointing. Certainly my fault, not the publication's.
Joppe
rated it it was ok
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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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