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The Complete Short Stories of Ernest Hemingway

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In this definitive collection of Ernest Hemingway's short stories, readers will delight in the author's most beloved classics such as "The Snows of Kilimanjaro," "Hills Like White Elephants," and "A Clean, Well-Lighted Place," and will discover seven new tales published for the first time in this collection.
Paperback, The Finca Vigia Edition, 650 pages
Published August 3rd 1998 by Scribner (first published 1925)
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Ponyo PART I “The First Forty-nine”
Preface to “The First Forty-nine”
The Short Happy Life of Francis Macomber
The Capital of the World
The Snows of Kilimanjaro…more
PART I “The First Forty-nine”
Preface to “The First Forty-nine”
The Short Happy Life of Francis Macomber
The Capital of the World
The Snows of Kilimanjaro
Old Man at the Bridge
Up in Michigan
On the Quai at Smyrna
Indian Camp
The Doctor and the Doctor’s Wife
The End of Something
The Three-Day Blow
The Battler
A Very Short Story
Soldier’s Home
The Revolutionist
Mr. and Mrs. Elliot
Cat in the Rain
Out of Season
Cross-Country Snow
My Old Man
Big Two-Hearted River: Part I
Big Two-Hearted River: Part II
The Undefeated
In Another Country
Hills Like White Elephants
The Killers
Che Ti Dice La Patria?
Fifty Grand
A Simple Enquiry
Ten Indians
A Canary for One
An Alpine Idyll
A Pursuit Race
Today Is Friday
Banal Story
Now I Lay Me
After the Storm
A Clean, Well-Lighted Place
The Light of the World
God Rest You Merry, Gentlemen
The Sea Change
A Way You’ll Never Be
The Mother of a Queen
One Reader Writes
Homage to Switzerland
A Day’s Wait
A Natural History of the Dead
Wine of Wyoming
The Gambler, the Nun, and the Radio
Fathers and Sons

PART II Short Stories Published in Books or
Magazines Subsequent to “The First Forty-nine”
One Trip Across
The Tradesman’s Return
The Denunciation
The Butterfly and the Tank
Night Before Battle
Under the Ridge
Nobody Ever Dies
The Good Lion
The Faithful Bull
Get a Seeing-Eyed Dog
A Man of the World
Summer People
The Last Good Country
An African Story

PART III Previously Unpublished Fiction
A Train Trip
The Porter
Black Ass at the Cross Roads
Landscape with Figures
I Guess Everything Reminds You of Something
Great News from the Mainland
The Strange Country(less)
Jadath I highly doubt it. It cat ran off when she went to look a second time so odds are the hotel employee just grabbed a random stray cat.

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Jun 24, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: nobels
Nobody does short stories like Hemingway. Moving between African savannahs, Spanish and French cities and various American settings, he always gets to the point. Human hope and happiness followed by disappointment and loss.
Roy Lotz
Mar 02, 2016 rated it really liked it
One time there was a bull and his name was not Ferdinand and he cared nothing for flowers.

Hemingway’s reputation precedes him: a misogynistic, alcoholic, macho author whose maximum sentence length was five words. Given all this, it is difficult to understand why feminist, vegetarian, and highbrow folks often end up reading and enjoying his work—as I’ve seen happen. Clearly there is more to Hemingway than his myth; but separating the man from his reputation is especially difficult in his case
Mar 25, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Night Before Battle -- I was thinking last night, while we were watching M*A*S*H*, about Hemingway's preoccupation with war.

There is an episode of M*A*S*H*, not the one we were watching, where they make a thinly veiled attack on Hemingway's war writing. A famous journalist/author with a red beard and huge physical presence comes to the 4077th and has a run in of philosophy with Hawkeye and BJ (I think it was BJ), and he's written off as a bloodthirsty exploiter of warfare.

As a take on Hemingway
Jul 30, 2009 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Kim by: Maurice
So, I didn’t read the Complete short stories of Hemingway. I wanted an introduction, I’d always thought of Hemingway as..well, I’d never really given him much thought. He was just someone I wasn’t interested in reading. Lord help me, I can be dense.

I’ve read about a dozen of the stories in this anthology. I asked my husband for his opinion on which ones I should start with and I think that I’ve read a fair sampling, I’ll probably continue to pick this up every now and then and throw another on
Jan 20, 2013 rated it liked it
This is Hemingway at his best: pointed, witty, captivating a complex world in a few pages, and very suggestive. He offers a wide variety of topics: war stories without heroism, and heroism without frills, adolescents on the loose, and especially nuptial emptiness. And of course, sarcasm and cynicism are all around. I liked this even more than his novels. (3.5 stars)
Jun 02, 2013 rated it really liked it
***Review of short story "Cat in the Rain", which record Goodreads has merged with the complete short stories--don't ask me why.***

I'm not sure why this story affects me so much more than anything else by Hemingway I've read. There isn't much to it--just a brief conversation that is barely any conversation at all, a passing encounter with a hotel owner and a maid, a stray cat out in the rain. And yet there is also a world of loneliness and displacement and isolation there, never explicit but ble
Daniel Villines
Apr 28, 2009 rated it really liked it
In a way, it's almost an injustice to read these stories straight through, from cover-to-cover. Each story offers a unique experience in transforming words into imagery in a way that is unique to Hemingway. To simply read one story and then continue on to the next without time for reflection deprives the reader of some Top-Chef caliber, food-for-thought. Even now, my initial reading of this collection comes back to haunt me, from time-to-time, with ah-ha moments.
May 31, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Away from Romance and Walter Scott through Twain to Ernest Hemingway, who was/is a main influence on the generation of writers trying to escape or outdo him.
Harsh, brutal, accurate, stylistically pure to himself.
Sometimes pleasant to read and sometimes unbearable. I think his style, sometimes so simple, at those times emphasizes the horror of humans as perpetual children, seeing war and corruption.
Larry Bassett
Oct 05, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: short-stories
As I begin this immense work, I feel as Philippe Petit must have felt as he began the high wire walk between the Twin Towers on August 7, 1974: I know I can do it but it surely is a long way. But, as has been said many times, “The longest journey begins with a single step.” So I begin.

I am not a bull fighting kind of person. Watching a bull tortured and killed for the pleasure of the crowd is not my idea of a good time. "In Our Time" is an early story that includes bullfighting and bullfighters
Jul 31, 2009 rated it it was amazing
I read this from cover to cover on a beach in Aruba, which was just weird, because somebody dies every ten pages or so. It wasn't really in keeping with the carefree beach vibe we were going for. But you really can't deny Hemingway. I realize the man was a terrible husband and father, that his writing suffered in the end and that he didn't have the most highly evolved views of gender. But despite all that, in his prime, he wrote dozens of truly great stories.

At the small Midwestern evangelical l
Feb 03, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I'm a huge fan of all of Hemingway's works, but this one takes the top. The stories in here are so moving, so real, vividly portraying all kinds of manifestations of human nature. Could talk about these works forever. Each story has so much meaning packed as densely as possible into every bit of text. Any one could easily be analyzed for an entire semester in a college literature class. I'd love to suggest one, but to I wouldn't want to take away from any of the others; each story has something ...more
Aug 05, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Fishing. Shooting. Bull-fighting. Boxing. Smuggling. War. Murder. Skiing. Big game hunting. Love-making.

Hemingway did most of these things. Some of them he just observed with a keen eye. In every case, his experience and/or observation pays off.

This is just a wonderful collection of stories. Even the unfinished pieces are well worth reading.
Ethan Miller
Nov 07, 2012 rated it it was amazing
It's been a while since I've read Hemingway and I wanted to revisit some of the classics ("The Short and Happy Life of...", "The Snows of Kilimanjaro and especially the Nick Adams stories) and see how they held up for me. I wanted to see if they still moved me the way they did when I was a young man deeply impressed and obsessed with Mailer, HST, Bukowski, Hemingway---the larger than life American literary alphas with their brash prose, the booze, the guns, the women, the big game hunt for the ...more
Simon Robs
Jul 21, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Hem. writes wonderfully, wouldn't it be pretty to read so? And so I did and pretty fast too. How can these stories so rife w/racial epithets (Italians, Jews, Mexicans, African-Americans, Asians, etc.) pass those eliding censors of P.C. etiquette today? And even for its time F__you's & cock sucker! Atta boy Hem., tell it to us slant ol' sod! Now I know where Jim Harrison got his hankering for onion sandwiches. He even took a poke at Fitzgerald calling him a smoothie. Of course Zelda has him at od ...more
BAM The Bibliomaniac
Nov 16, 2008 rated it did not like it

I've been reading Hemingway's complete short stories just to see if I'd been judging him too harshly all these years. It appears I haven't been judging him harshly enough. What kind of mass hypnosis are the people under who insist Hemingway innovated a lean, economical style--'the Iceberg style', which was named 'multum in parvo' in Ancient Rome and described a style thousands of years old even then? 'A Reader Writes' is one and three quarter pages long, and only the letter embedded in it is ne
The short happy life of Francis Macomber - 3/5 stars
The capital of the world - 4/5 stars
The snows of Kilimanjaro - 3/5 stars
Old man at the bridge - 3/5 stars
Up in Michigan - 2/5 stars
On the Quai at Smyrna - 1/5 stars
Indian Camp - 3/5 stars
The doctor and the doctor's wife - 2/5 stars
The end of something - 2/5 stars
The three-day blow - 3/5 stars
The battler - 3.5/5 stars
A very short story - 3/5 stars
Soldier's home - 4/5 stars
The revolutionist - 2/5 stars
Mr. and Mrs. Elliot - 3/5 stars
Cat in the rai
Oct 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Took an eternity to read, but worth it.
Nov 13, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: abandoned
I hate giving up on a book, especially after I'm 54% through it, as my kindle informs me. But this was just not for me. I hated it, myself and Hemingway. I loved Old Man and the Sea and expected more of the same. Alas not.

All this horrid abrasive men's stuff brought out the wus(s?) in me.

Tormenting and slowly killing bulls etc sucks. I realise I'm in the minority but don't really care about that. 2*s for what I've read so far and not a jot or a tiitle more
I have read most if not all of the individual collections so this is largely a re-read that picks up any stray stories that I missed.
Sep 17, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"It was now lunch time and they were all sitting under the double green fly of the dining tent pretending that nothing had happened.
'Will you have a lime juice or lemon squash?' Macomber asked.
'I’ll have a gimlet,' Robert Wilson told him.
'I’ll have a gimlet too. I need something,' Macomber’s wife said.
'I suppose it’s the thing to do,' Macomber agreed.

Hemingway accomplishes so much with so little page in "The Short Happy Life of Francis Macomber". To say that the opening sentence is captiv
Dec 18, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
Included here are some of the finest and most influential American short stories of the 20th century, from Big-Two Hearted River, Parts 1 and 2 to A Clean Well Lighted Place, as well as some of the most famous, A Cat in the Rain, The Snows of Kilimanjaro, The Killers, and more. This anthology published in 1987 includes all the stories from In Our Time, Men Without Women, and Winner Take Nothing, as well as those added in The First Forty-Nine Short Stories collection and those included in various ...more
Mar 19, 2016 rated it liked it
The story is about two American couple, who are unnamed, staying in a hotel on the Italian coast on a rainy day, the woman spots a cat outside, goes down to fetch for it but does not find it. That is pretty much what goes down in the story, or is it?

As for Hemingway being Hemingway we are bound to think that there is something more, something deeper. While reading the story we understand the woman is trying to express her yearning for a lot of things. The cat that she keeps repeating that she wa
Sep 23, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: abandoned
How the heck did Hemingway win both a Nobel Prize and a Pulitzer Prize? His stories read like a collaboration between a child first learning sentence structure and an old man with severe dementia trying to recollect his past. Being from Michigan, I was especially interested in reading "Up in Michigan" but 4 pages of an insipid woman an her eventual rape was pretty damn awful. Plus, what's with the dialogue? Did Hemingway never hear actual people speak? Seriously, nobody has ever, in history, spo ...more
Stef Smulders
Read a few of the most famous stories. Arghhh I hate those dialogues! So mechanical, unrealistic, boring. As long there is action the writing is fine and the reading exciting but once these characters start talking .... I don't think Hemingway has a great psychological insight. The actions of the wife in the Macomber story are too eccentric to be true. It is clear that the authors obsession with women has determined the behaviour of the women in these stories, not a plasusible character developm ...more
Frances Caballo
Nov 16, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is one of those books that I return to during different stages of life. What I love best about Hemingway's writing is how he handles dialogue. I'm a huge Hemingway fan so I should admit here that I love everything he writes. If you're looking for a great collection of short stories, definitely check out this book.
Aug 19, 2010 rated it really liked it
The story takes place at a train station in the Ebro River valley of Spain. The year is not given, but is almost certainly contemporary to the composition (1920s). This particular day is oppressively hot and dry, and the scenery in the valley is barren and ugly for the most part. The two main characters are a man (referred to only as "the American") and his female companion, whom he calls Jig.

While waiting for the train to Madrid, the American and Jig drink beer and a liquor called Anís del Toro
Feb 24, 2011 rated it really liked it
I am only commenting here on "The Short Happy Life of Francis Macomber".

Why happy moments in ones life are so cruelly short and why this happiness for some is difficult to keep ?
Why price to pay for those few happy moments yet is so deadly steep ?

While Hemingway was in love-hate *relationship* with Lady Brett Ashly ("Fiesta"), here the wife of Francis Macomber is presented as the *final* Hemingway's outlook on the typical woman's character: domineering, lusty bitch, which enjoyed humiliating he
Stephan Myers
Aug 16, 2012 rated it it was amazing
As a writer I find reading Hemingway to be an addiction. His exquisite use of dialogue is second to none. The economy with which he wields his pen masterful, but for every word read I cannot help but reflect upon my own inadequacies. And yet like any addict I keep coming back for more.
I have my favourite Hemingway stories which I will review in time but of his collected works they are something of a mixed bag. At his worst I could not fail to give Papa 5 stars but most notable in this volume ar
Paul Peterson
May 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Love Hemingway, so easily a 5 star. The first 49 short stories were a rehash for me, but well worth it. A few gems at the end I'd never read before, too. Many, if not all of these stories, I believe are very much autobiographical so one can learn much about Mr. Hemingway's life here. I wonder if it's true that he had 11 shorts, some poems and his first novel lost when thrown out by his woman of the time; copies and all as depicted in the last story.

I've heard several people lately complaining th
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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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