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The Snows of Kilimanjaro and Other Stories (Scribner Classics)

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The ideal introduction to the genius of Ernest Hemingway, The Snows of Kilimanjaro and Other Stories contains ten of Hemingway's most acclaimed and popular works of short fiction. Selected from Winner Take Nothing, Men Without Women, and The Fifth Column and the First Forty-Nine Stories, this collection includes "The Killers," the first of Hemingway's mature stories to be ...more
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Published July 25th 2002 by Scribner (first published 1961)
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Ahmad Sharabiani
The Snows of Kilimanjaro and Other Stories, Ernest Hemingway
The Snows of Kilimanjaro and Other Stories is a collection of short stories by Ernest Hemingway, published in 1961. The title story is considered by some to be the best story Hemingway ever wrote. All the stories were earlier published.
The collection includes the following stories:
"The Snows of Kilimanjaro"
"A Clean, Well-Lighted Place"
"A Day's Wait"
"The Gambler, the Nun, and the Radio"
"Fathers and Sons"
"In Another Country"
"The Killers
...more
Brina
Jan 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I enjoy reading short stories, either in collections or as stand alones. When I look back at what I have read in the last two years, I notice many books under two hundred pages. Because I have a tendency to go into a proverbial reading slump in between quality novels, these short stories serve the purpose of preventing a slump and keeping my reading mind fresh. As in previous years, a square on classics bingo is to read a classic short story. Having read Hemingway's The Old Man and the Sea last ...more
Florencia
It was never what he had done, but always what he could do. (6)

Air. Fresh air. Clarity for the mind. A pause. Another view. Many things. Many things can be found in a white landscape. The snow hides many secrets. The beginning and the end of everything, there, on the top of Kilimanjaro. Harry knows it now. A little too late.
Wait, it is never too late, you say? Nonsense. Sometimes it is
too
damn
late.

A couple, Harry and Helen. They are in Africa. He is dying of gangrene; she is by his side, taki
...more
Ree
Reading Hemingway, for me, feels like panning for gold. At the beginning I am really enthusiastic. People have told me about the gold, I believe in the gold, and I want to find it. After the first couple stony pages, my excitement starts to waver. Where is this aforesaid treasure? My attention wanders off. My interest is fading. I'm almost inclined to call it off. There's nothing there for me. But I keep panning, because of this disbelief that I may not be able to discover what so many have befo ...more
Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽
I picked up this collection of ten Ernest Hemingway short stories when I was looking for Literature (with a capital L) to suggest to my real-life book club for its monthly read (whoever is hosting book club that month is responsible for nominating 5 or 6 books, and then everyone in attendance votes). Poor Hemingway was a no-vote-getter; North and South won in a landslide. But since (a) I'd already brought this book home from the library, (b) I like short stories, and (c) I felt like I needed to ...more
Paula
Mar 04, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Paula by: Catching up on classics group
A short story about regret from a dying man set in Africa.
Clumsy Storyteller
'Why, I loved you. That's not fair. I love you now. I'll always love you Don't you love me?"
"No," said the man. "I don't think so. I never have."
"Harry, what are you saying? You're out of your head."
"No. I haven't any head to go out of."
"Don't drink that," she said. "Darling, please don't drink that. We have to do
everything we can."
"You do it," he said. "I'm tired."


WHAT A FUCKING ASSHOLE! This is one of those *i'm dying so i can be an ass, and people would just let me be, So i'm gonna shit on e
...more
Glenn Sumi
I’d forgotten what a good short story writer Ernest Hemingway could be. This collection came out in 1961, the same year as the author’s death. But most of the stories were published in magazines in the 1920s and 30s, when he was at the height of his powers, and all were available in earlier volumes.

There’s an impressive range of work here, from the ambitious title story about a man dying of gangrene while on safari and slipping into and out of consciousness, remembering scenes from his (wasted)
...more
Lyn
Jul 30, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Published in the same year as Hemingway’s death, this collection of ten previously released short stories comprises some of his very best short work.

"The Snows of Kilimanjaro" first published in 1936 is a strange and thoughtful account at the end of a life with many regrets.

"A Clean, Well-Lighted Place" first published in 1933, this is one of my favorite of his short stories. Describing a time and place and mood of introspection, isolation and solitude.

"A Day's Wait" first published in 1933, thi
...more
Connie G
Feb 12, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This collection of ten stories by Ernest Hemingway is dripping with testosterone. The stories involve hunting, the horrors of war, the wounded, boxing, and fathers. The majority of the stories were quite good, but I'll only write about my two favorites.

The title story is about a man laying in the shadow of Mount Kilimanjaro with a terrible infection in his leg. The vultures are flying, the hyena is crying, and the gangrene has an awful odor. The man is thinking back on his life, knowing that he
...more
Duane
When I read Hemingway I try to focus on the writing and the story and forget that he was an a**. But that fact seeps into his writing, into his characters. His characters, at least for me, are not very likeable, and that's the case in this short story. Harry, in the wilds of Africa, is dying of gangrene from a leg injury, and he and his wife are waiting for a plane to arrive and get him to medical help. While he is laying, waiting, he muses about his life, mostly about his life's failings. It's ...more
Sara
The title story, The Snows of Kilimanjaro, is one of Hemingway’s most famous and no doubt garners such appeal because it deals with the essence of every man’s life...what he has accomplished before he dies. Some see it as a treatise on procrastination, but I do not. I believe it is every man’s lot to die with things undone, hopes unrealized, opportunities missed, and I think Hemingway is making that point as well. We are busy living our lives and these things slip by us, sometimes without a thou ...more
Lorna
Nov 26, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Snows of Kilimanjaro and Other Stories was a collection of ten short stories by Ernest Hemingway, many of them written in the 1920's and 1930's for Esquire Magazine, but published as an anthology shortly before his death in 1961. The Snows of Kilimanjaro has been purported by many to be one of Hemingway's greatest works. It was a powerful piece of fiction taking place at the foot of Mount Kilimanjaro where Harry is on a safari in Africa. Dying from a gangrenous infection, he and his companio ...more
Rob
Dec 24, 2007 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Hemingway neophytes
Perhaps this is heresy but... I just don't find Hemingway's work to be all that interesting. It just seems like macho tough guy bullshit and maybe-just-maybe there is something humanized and vulnerable deep down in there but I'm not so sure.

Were we talking about mortality?

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UPDATE (like… 9 years later): Then I actually read Old Man and the Sea , which was pretty good and has some great stuff in it. Anyway there's that.
...more
CarolynMarieReads
I really enjoyed the title story TSOK, but some other I didn't love as much! Hemingway if definitely hit or miss, usually a hit with me. This one if in between a hit and a miss! 4th book of the Rory Gilmore Readathon!!!
Steven Godin
This short story may seem like one of man versus nature, and it is, but it also turns into a story of man versus himself, a theme Hemingway repeatedly analyzed and returned to throughout his career. Harry, a writer, and his wife, Helen, are stranded while on safari in Africa. Harry, lies on his cot, and in a series of flashbacks recalls the mountains of Bulgaria and Constantinople, as well as the suddenly hollow, sick feeling of being alone in Paris among other things. He is fully aware vultures ...more
John
Feb 18, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Lyn (Readinghearts)
OK, It is official. Ernest Hemingway is just not for me. I read this book because I am doing a three month "Give an author a second chance" challenge, and I couldn't think of anyone who I needed to give a second chance more than Hemingway. I have only read two books by Hemingway in my whole life, The Old Man and the Sea and The Sun Also Rises. Both of those were a long time ago. So I thought, how perfect for the challenge. At first, as I started the book, I was beginning to think that maybe he w ...more
Khashayar Mohammadi
I have never enjoyed Hemingway's writing; BUT this collection of his short stories finally convinced me that he was once an innovative writer who pioneered American Short Fiction. Hemingway's influence can be seen across the decades, from the beatnix all the way to Mccarthy and David Foster Wallace.

My problem with Hemingway is that I truly believe he is no longer relevant in the world of fiction. He was an important stepping stone in American literature, with certain flaws that were mended as de
...more
Piyangie
The Snows of Kilimanjaro is my first short story read of Hemingway.

The story is about a writer who revisits his past on the verge of death. He dwells on the lost opportunities and failed relationships and vents out his frustration on his present wife/girlfriend. The story perhaps has a personal touch of the author's life.

The story, however is a little depressing; and my emotions kept on rolling between anger and pity to the main character, Harry - the writer. All in all he was not a likable ch
...more
Olivier Delaye
Jun 09, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A great collection of perfect little tales by the master of sparse writing. Especially liked A Very Short Story (lover's expectations VS harsh reality), Cross-Country Snow (a slice of life between two friends), My Old Man (self-explanatory), and Big Two-Hearted River (the masterpiece of the bunch, IMHO). Gotta move on to some of his longer books someday. Like A Farewell To Arms and For Whom The Bell Tolls. Someday.
John Hatley
Apr 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a spectacular collection of short stories by a brilliant author. Hemingway demonstrates here his versatility both in the content of these ten stories and in his use of the English language. He was a genius!
Peter Meredith
I don't like to continually bash famous authors. I worry that it might make me look as though I'm just jealous, when really I am. That being said, there isn't much to The Snows of Kilimanjaro to make it worthy of a recommendation. These stories by Hemmingway feel as though each had been pulled at random from a longer story--as if there was something I had missed earlier and, in eight out of ten of the stories, as if there was definitely something I was going to miss later, by which I mean to say ...more
Bryce Wilson
Aug 14, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: literature
Anyone looking for a good entry way into Hemingway need look no farther. This basically acts as an unofficial greatest hits. Not only do you get the wonderful and surprisingly vunerable (tho kinda misogynistic) title story, a quiet meditation on death and wasted potential. But you also get A Clean Well Lighted Place considered the greatest short story ever written by none other then James friggin Joyce, and most of the best Nick Adam's stories as well, including The Killers, Fathers and Sons, an ...more
Bogdan
Jan 10, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My first encounter with this great writer.

I like the majority of the stories here. The first one the most, that gave the name of the volume, a well made drama, also the last one, The Short And Happy Life Of Francis Macomber, a funny tale, in wich I was curios how will it end it, and I`m glad that I wasn`t dissapointed by the very good and unexpected choice, indeed.

Solid stuff!
...more
Ziba
Sep 22, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Hemingway at the height of his personal low.
Sarah
Jul 29, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read these short stories because I'm never going to finish For Whom the Bell Tolls and because, since climbing Kili, everyone asks whether I've read them. From the scope of half a century, the stories function more as a lens into the world of Hemingway and men like him and who, at the end of their lives, saw that world slipping away. But reading about these men, who were so determined to be men (and they had a particular and exacting definition of what that meant), its easy to see why their wa ...more
From
Mar 07, 2010 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
-gangrene
-rape
-dead babies
-suicide
-break-ups
-drunkards
-crazy old men
-gonorrhea
-closeted lesbian married to a drunk poet... these are some of my favorite things :(

No I kid, these are some of the delightful stories in this bad boy. I picked it up thinking it would be fun. First time only made it to 37. Walked away for 3 months but my "no book left behind' policy kept nagging me finally attempt Two. Read it in two days and honestly don't care for it at all.

PS. Santiago I know your out there in th
...more
Cherie
Feb 02, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-audio
What a great story! I loved the way the man's thoughts wandered as he lay on his camp cot waiting to face death and thinking about the stories he was never going to write, but writing them in his head. Even the story about his end felt so real.

I listened to it three times over. It got better and better each time! Charlton Heston's voice added so much life to the man's arguements with wife and his feelings about what was happening to him.
Ângela
Aug 23, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
“And just then it occurred to him that he was going to die. It came with a rush; not as a rush of water nor of wind; but of a sudden, evil-smelling emptiness and the odd thing was that the hyena slipped lightly along the edge of it.”

Do you have bad luck with all games?
With everything and with women. He smiled again, showng his bad teeth.
Truly? -Truly
And what is there to do?
-Continue, slowly, and wait for luck to change.”
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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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