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The Short Stories

4.26  ·  Rating details ·  7,393 ratings  ·  234 reviews
At the age of twenty-two, Ernest Hemingway wrote his first short story, "Up in Michigan." Seventeen years and forty-eight titles later, he was the undisputed master of the short-story form and the leading American man of letters. The Short Stories, introduced here with a revealing preface by the author, chronicles Hemingway's development as a writer, from his earliest ...more
Paperback, 512 pages
Published August 1st 1995 by Scribner (first published 1984)
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Matt
Feb 18, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: classic-novels
There is a story, probably apocryphal, that Hemingway once bet that he could write an entire short story in six words. He was taken up on that bet, and produced the following diminutive masterpiece: "For Sale: baby shoes. Never used."

I like to believe that story is true.

It's not possible to review the 49 stories in this book, which range in length from dozens of pages to a single paragraph. Actually, it is possible, but I'm just not the man to do it. So I'll just throw out some scattered
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Michael Finocchiaro
I need to go back and read these again, but I recall being as impressed with Hemingway's short stories as with his novels. He was a fantastic writer and so influential. I would read A Moveable Feast or another novel before reading these stories though.
Conrad
Mar 25, 2007 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The conventional wisdom is that Hemingway wrote short, choppy sentences and was fundamentally a bloodthirsty person, possibly as a consequence of insecurity about his masculinity. I don't think either is quite true.

As for the first point, I just don't find it to be anything but a stereotype perpetuated by people who haven't read him very carefully. Hemingway wrote a lot of sentences the length of which would have made Faulkner envious (though Faulkner was fond of the short, choppy sentences
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Dave Russell
What I've read so far (possible spoilers):

THE SHORT, HAPPY LIFE OF FRANCIS MACOMBER
A man has the good sense to run away from a charging lion, and because of that, his wife sleeps with another man who bears a physical resemblance to Hemingway.
CAPITAL OF THE WORLD
A waiter and dishwasher are fooling around, pretending to be a bull and matador, and the waiter ends up with a knife in his femoral artery. I wonder if Hemingway were alive he would be writing stirring stories about the courage of those
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Jacob
Feb 09, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have only read Hemingway's short stories but I feel like I am content with that for now. Their length seems completely adequate for his writing style. I was introduced to him in my junior year of high school when the teacher asked us to read and discuss Hills Like White Elephants. It seemed to stretch on forever with cryptic, emotional dialogue between the two sole characters who are waiting at a train station, peppered with bits of internal narrative describing the opposing landscapes on ...more
Rick Slane
Stories of hunting and fishing near the Great Lakes along with a few on bull-fighting and war, nothing seemed as good to me as The Short Happy Life of Francis Macomber.
R.a.
Aug 29, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
When Hemingway's "on," he's on.

Other than that, Faulkner's critique seems apt.

And here's a bit of the proof in this collection. The great stories: "Macomber," "The Capital of the World," "Snows of Kilimanjaro," "In Another Country," "Hills Like White Elephants," and "A Clean Well-Lighted Place."

Less so: "Up in Michigan," "Indian Camp," "The Doctor and the Doctor's Wife," "The Battler," "Cat in the Rain," "Cross-Country Snow," "The Undefeated," "Fifty Grand," and some others.

His style has
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Aaron Koelker
Feb 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A lot of great stories, but some of my favorites were:

-The Short Happy Life of Francis Macomber
-The Snows of Kilimanjaro
-The Doctor and The Doctor's Wife
-Big Two-Hearted River Parts I/II
-The Undefeated
-After The Storm
-The Sea Change

And most of the Nick Adams stories, really.
Christy
Jun 03, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Hemingway's true element was the short story and the selection in this collection shows the development of his status as a master in that particular art form. Despite being technically astute, Hemmingway's writing style and stories are definitely an acquired taste.

I personally find it interesting that many people criticize Hemmingway for being unabashedly male and particularly of the classic 'macho' variety. This can be a turn-off for many readers, but I read it as refreshingly honest and true
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Misha
May 31, 2009 marked it as sometimes-reading
"A Clean, Well-Lighted Place" -- It's been at least 13 years since I'd read this story in a college American Lit survey, so it was pleasant to read it now and rediscover the beautiful simplicity of this brief tale about the inevitable loneliness of aging.

I was struck by the dichotomy between the waiter-with-a-wife and the older waiter/the old man. The waiter-with-a-wife has the narrow view of someone who is relatively fulfilled. He can't understand why the old man would despair if he has plenty
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Jen
Feb 07, 2009 rated it it was amazing
I've only read selected stories, but I loved them all. This is a good book to read if you're trying to get into Hemingway. Many people are force fed The Old Man and the Sea in their youth. I know it was a bad experience, but put it behind you and move on to better things. Hemingway really gets broken down into small and manageable pieces in this collection. I really enjoyed A Clean, Well-Lighted Place, Soldier's Home, and A Way You'll Never Be. Also, a great conversation can be had about how ...more
Sagar Jethani
Aug 04, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: literature
If I have to read about one more bloody matador, I will gore someone myself.
Debra
Mar 24, 2020 rated it it was ok
Visited his home in Key West, and decided to read some of his work. I found it very tough to get through and sometimes hard to follow the story line. I know he is a lauded author, but just not my preference.
Bradley D
Feb 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
Some of the stories herein are better than others, but Hemingways voice throughout the collection is palpable. The dude got style ...more
Cathie
Some of the stories were really good and some were, well, meh. (i do not have Hemingway's way with words).
Troy Mita
May 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
SPOILER WARNING!!

Hemingways book of short stories isnt the typical book I would find myself reading, but after a few of the short stories, I was hooked. I loved how Hemingway kept the idea of loss, and death, very realistic in how people deal with it, even though it can be a dark and touchy subject to write about. Nick Addams was definitely my favorite character, not because he was one of the main characters, but because of how interesting his character was. His life seems so boring, but the
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Renee
Jul 06, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
On the rating I waffled between a 3 and 4. It was different reading Hemmingway as a 45-year-old than it was as a teenager. When I first ready this collection of stories I was considering a career as a writier, possibly as a journalist, and I was exploring as much of the literary canon as possible. In some ways, I was much more open to different things than I am now, especially works of critical acclaim. Nowadays I read mostly for pleasure in my leisure hours and have fallen into a bit of a rut ...more
Marcos
Jul 01, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This is a master in the prime of his craft and talent. Merciless, vital, and spare; Mr. Hemingway spares no one from his gorgeous prose. "The Short Happy Life of Francis Macomber" and "The Snows of Kilamanjaro" are amazing examples that flesh out his eye for nuance, detail, and relationships. "Francis Macomber" is my favorite from the collection: An adventurous story of cowardice, friendship and love triangle that ends badly in the African wilderness. "Hills Like White Elephants" was my ...more
daniel silliman
Sep 08, 2009 rated it it was ok
There are a few stories here, "A Clean, Well-Lighted Place" and "The Capital of the World," that, all by themselves, would earn Hemingway a place in the canon. There are others, though, which are stupid, macho, self-destructive and infuriatingly awful. For the awful misuse of the amazing title "Hills Like White Elephants" alone, Hemingway should have been punched in the face. Judging from some of these stories, he would have liked it.
Sarah
May 12, 2007 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Someone in a time crunch who loves the classics
It pains me to say this as an English-degree holder, but I've never made it all the way through a Hemingway novel. (The Old Man and the Sea doesn't count.) In a long context, the staccato, sparse style leaves me cold. However, Hemingway's short stories just kill me. In these stories, the simplicity of his text makes the subtext all the more clear.
Susie
Jun 06, 2013 rated it really liked it
I really wish you could have a section on Goodreads for books you will read a bit at a time. I read the first 80 pages of The Short Stories of Ernest Hemingway and they were wonderful. Unfortunately, I want to parse them out and read more at another time. I'll say this book is "to be continued..."
A.C.
Sep 10, 2007 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I read this for class in high school. I also read another book by hemingway. I literally cannot stand hemingway's style. It's stiff, lacking fluidity. Other people swear by him. I frankly have no idea how. Every time I read him, he made me want to gouge my eyes out.
JayDiddums10
May 11, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Powerful. Straightforward. Real. Brilliant.
John Devlin
Mar 26, 2007 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Hemingway's terse prose works best in shorts and this collection is the essence of what short stories try to accomplish.
Gary McDowell
Aug 20, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: good-ones
Duh.
Brizeida Alvarez
May 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
Warning this review may contain SPOILERS.

I found this book to be well written, biographical, and amusing, though very laconic in the way the stories were presented. Even though the stories were short, Hemingway achieved to implement symbols, settings, and an overall message in just a couple of pages. However, not all of his short stories were as engaging as others. In fact, I found some stories to be dreary: The Snows of Kilimanjaro, Old Man At the Bridge, and Indian Camp. Furthermore, the
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Zoë Glenn
Feb 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
The genius of Hemingway is self evident. His 630 word A Very Short Story, expresses mans disappointment in relationships in a way that is all together gruesome, depressing, and utterly realistic. This commentary on love its pitfalls, its joys, its inevitable demise is made uncomfortably real through Hemingways use of setting. In a sentence, the author brings the reader to the foot of place. It is as if we sweat, we smell, we feel the breeze through the window. Hemingways ability to craft a ...more
Robert Palmer
Sep 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
This book of Hemingways short stories has been on my book shelf for many years,I have read many of his novels over the years but the closest thing to a short story would be his A Moveable Feast . Im not going to go through all of the stories which were for the most part very good,some of the were just OKAY,many of the stories were of war and or fishing,overall the collection touches on many themes. There was one very,very short story that I will never forget,it is a story that is full of ...more
AnonymousFangirl
Jun 28, 2018 rated it did not like it
It seems I'm in the minority when I say that I wish I could give this book 0 stars. Seriously. Hemingway's writing style is choppy and rough, like a five year old having to write a letter to his mother on her birthday. I don't understand why people like his books, they have no appeal. They have boring, senseless plots and, frankly, Ernest Hemingway is a sexist, filthy pig. Here are some quotes that you can tear your hair out over.

"She is away for twenty minutes and now she is back, simply
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Matt
Jan 21, 2018 rated it it was ok
I found this book very hard to get through and in fact the act of finishing it has been several years in the making. At one end the collected short stories are written brilliantly in typical blunt elegance that Hemingway is famous for, but on the other end, I found the characters to be in no way engaging and mostly all deplorable. I am a firm believer that all writers write in some way or another from their own experiences of life and if these stories are a mirror of the life that Hemingway ...more
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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 ...more

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