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Winner Take Nothing

3.8 of 5 stars 3.80  ·  rating details  ·  805 ratings  ·  61 reviews
Ernest Hemingway's first new book of fiction since the publication of "A Farewell to Arms" in 1929 contains fourteen stories of varying length. Some of them have appeared in magazines but the majority have not been published before. The characters and backgrounds are widely varied. "A Clean, Well-Lighted Place" is about an old Spanish Beggar. "Homage to Switzerland" concer ...more
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Published 2002 by Scribner (first published 1933)
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Shane
I picked up a Hemingway book after nearly 30 years. And yet he was a formative influence on me as a writer. The book reinforced to me that "dialogue is everything", nobody wins, but everyone changes, punctuation needs to be used for rhythm, actions are harder to describe indirectly but are more powerful when done that way, word repetitions are okay if they create effect, passive voice for scene setting is okay, and sentences that run along like this one are great - all taboos with today's writin ...more
Andy Miller
This collection of short stories was first published in 1933, 4 years after he wrote Farewell to Arms. It includes one of my all time favorite stories, "A Clean Well Lighted Place" That story's dialogue between two waiters who are waiting for their last customer, a lonely, deaf old man, to leave is simple, straightforward, and short but says more about loneliness, compassion, estrangement, and empathy than any novel fifty times as long

"The Light of the World" is another story that is almost dial
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Jay
Winner Take Nothing was Hemingway’s third major collection of short stories, published in 1933 between his two non-fiction works, Death in the Afternoon and The Green Hills of Africa. By the 1930s, Hemingway had lost much of his luster with the literary critics. With the publication of this third collection, many of the more prestigious of the critics began to characterize some of his writing as tedious, repetitious and uninteresting. Hemingway, now universally recognized as the master of the sh ...more
Brad
The Sea Change -- This story represents much that Hemingway is great at, distilled to its most fundamental.

He makes us feel his characters in a heart beat. The Sea Change is three and a half pages, yet we know almost everything we need to know about Phil and the Girl instantly, and Hemingway makes us care.

He also expresses setting so perfectly and sparingly that we feel we're in this tiny bar in Paris, yet the description of the bar is implied, mirrored in his descriptions of the couple and Jam
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Alexander
This book is markedly different from Hemingway's other short story collections. While they had a tendency to burst on the scene with wild heroics and (subsequently) glorious deaths, this collection takes the reader on a more somber journey. This was a very bleak trudge through the futility of life as only Hemingway can show us.

The characters have many flaws and are often unlikeable, and this is one of the reasons why this collection works as well as it does. Hemingway makes excellent use of "sh
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Khalid Al Khalili
This collection of short stories is not the best of Hemingway's work, and neither is it as well-known as his novels. Nevertheless, it contains some excellent work, such as "A CLEAN, WELL-LIGHTED PLACE", which narrates the story of three characters who might as well be different faces of one person, or "HOMAGE TO SWITZERLAND" which shows events happening at the same time from the perspectives of multiple characters. Both stories were excellently written and were very enjoyable.

"THE GAMBLER, THE N
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Sophi Link
Four stars might be pushing it, but I gave "A Moveable Feast" three, and these stories are MUCH BETTER in my opinion. Not nearly as much posturing on the author's part. In fact, it gets so dark I had to take a break in my Hemingway-a-thon.
The ones I like best are mostly short scenarios with different characters being thrown together. "The Light of the World," "A Clean, Well-Lighted Place," "The Capital of the World," and "Homage to Switzerland" come to mind. Most of the longer ones lost my inte
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Jack
A mixed-bag of short stories, in a variety of settings. The one thing the stories have in common is that they're all mind-blowingly downbeat (as the title implies), even by Hemingway standards. Desolation, loneliness, despair, brutality -- they're all here, and they brought all of their friends and relatives along for the ride.

I'm always amazed by the way Hemingway explored the heroic and hopeful in his novels, but focused almost exclusively on "the dark side" in his short stories...

Nick
how to write a review of a Hemingway book? It's great. stories in world war 1 Europe. stories in the American west. in the Caribbean. stories of blank horror. funny stories. overall I think it's a bit more positive in tone than his normal stuff.
Lauren
My favorite stories in this collection: A Way You'll Never Be; The Sea Change; The Light of the World; A Clean, Well-Lighted Place; and After the Storm. Classic Hemingway.
Ned Hanlon
Some great stories here and some a little less good - all pretty depressing. These are stories that demand a palette cleanser between them. For me it was alternating them with The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole Ager 13 3/4, memorizing Gianni Schicchi and some Pushkin poetry. I think reading them without breaks would ruin their force. The subject matter is what you would expect with Hemingway: bull fighting, hunting, war, the usual suspects.

If you aren't in the mood for all of them I particularly e
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Stuart
I have a better grasp now on why the dude blew his own brains out.
Reinhold
Das vorliegende Buch besteht aus 14 Kurzgeschichten, die in dieser Zusammenfassung erstmals im Jahr 1933 veröffentlicht wurden und daher dem literarischen Frühwerk von Ernest Hemingway zugerechnet werden können. Gerade Hemingways Frühwerk wird landläufig als der beste Teil seiner Arbeiten angesehen, ehe er in eine schriftstellerische Krise stürzte. Erst mit "Der alte Mann und das Meer" schuf Hemingway wiederum ein herausragendes Werk, für das er dann auch mit dem Literaturnobelpreis ausgezeichne ...more
Elizabeth
I know what you're thinking, you're thinking "Why, when you hated A Moveable Feast so much, did you dive right in with another Hemingway book? What are you, an idiot?" Yes, yes I am. This was laid over the festering wound of A Moveable Feast like itching powder over an open sore.

And just when I thought I had reached my limit, long untranslated passages of French. You know what I think on this subject, I'd said many times, how I HATE long untranslated passages of French in English language books
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Arkhadin
This collection of short stories by Hemingway was interesting. Some were good, others weren't. The overwhelming themes seem to be loss and despair. I have nothing against these themes but it got a little dreary later on. One particular story had dialogue that was mostly in French. It could have been masterfully executed but I don't understand French so...

Many of the stories were truly compelling and had me reading them twice and thrice. But some stories missed their mark. Either way, "Winner Tak
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Venky
This collection of bleak and dystopian short stories bear ample testimony to the storied imaginative genius of Ernest Hemingway. Women loved, women lost, scheming doctors and struggling children all compete to put the mind of the reader in disturbing churn and tenuous turmoil. Long after the covers are closed, the pathos continues to stubbornly linger.

An absolute must read for Hemingway fanatics!
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Hemingway's a good lad - he captures my idea of what a writer should be. He shot himself, for a start, and legend has it that he wrote standing up and coined the advice "write drunk, edit sober". This is that Hemingway, the gnarled old beast with a keen eye for the immortal presence of death, everywhere.

Winner Take Nothing is a fine collection of seventeen short stories from the pen of the great writer, stories that cover most aspects of Hemingway's personality. Expect to see autobiographical re
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Robert Beveridge
Ernest Hemingway, Winner Take Nothing (Scribner's, 1933)

Arguably Hemingway's finest book of short stories, Winner Take Nothing contains fourteen relatively short and always spare looks at various stages of life. What seem, upon first reading, to be nothing more than frameworks or outlines take on more meat upon reflection. Hemingway lets the reader fill in the small details, guiding his imagination rather than manipulating it. This does mean that the onus is on the reader more than usual with th
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Reebs
My true rating of this work is 3.5 stars.

I liked reading all of the short stories, particularly "A Clean, Well-Lighted Place" and "A Day's Wait". While it seems to me that most people (understandably) found the untranslated French in "Wine in Wyoming" bothersome, I found it an enjoyable read. Fortunately I still retain some of the French I learned in school, and so I could read the text smoothly without having to stop to look up a word. I actually preferred the mixing in of French with English;
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B
I'm probably being bias because of my open love affair with the words of Hemingway, but this is probably one of the best short story collections I own.

Hemingway just does so much with so little. I know you folk often judge him for his minimalist tendencies, but I hold him up for that fact.

I remember reading "Hills Like White Elephants" in high school and being blown away.

I remember hearing about him and his friend making a bet about whether he could write a story in 10 words or less. He won with
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John
I kind of wish I had spread this out and read it one story at a time, but I was reading it in the park quite a ways from my house and got caught up and didn't want to make the trip back just to start another book. Bite sized portions of Hem are just what is needed to make the Big-Fat-Fantasy summer go by easier.

But who cares. I read it and I'm thankful. I remember one of these stories (A Days Wait) from elementary school, and thought it was hilarious then and now. One (Natural History of the Dea
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Jenny
Oct 07, 2008 Jenny rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Aspiring writers
Most of these short stories were fairly depressing in nature, but they were well written. Hemingway seems to have had a knack for capturing human nature with subtleness.

"A Clean, Well-Lighted Place" was by far my favorite story in this collection. I really enjoyed how he contrasted the waiters' perspectives (young and old).

Another thing that stands out to me is his description of World War I battlefields being littered with paper. The dying would write final letters to their loved ones and sta
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Adi
Another great collection of short stories by Ernest Hemingway. I loved the diverse characters and the original storylines.
Nathalia Fagundes
Mar 24, 2014 Nathalia Fagundes rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Lovers of Hemingway
The short stories that made me realize I'm too similar to Hemingway
Ritu
Short stories - some better than others.
Nikita Golubov
Стоило прочитать хотя бы ради "Ожидания".
Andrew Wright
Hemingway's stories are great.
Myles
(2.3/5.0) There's a reason no one reads these. There's better work out there–– in the Hemingway canon and beyond it.
Deborah
I have tried and tried. I just don't get Hemingway.
J. Michael
"God Rest You Merry, Gentlemen," the 4th story in the collection, struck me like a brass-knuckled fist directly to the temple; I was stunned, dazed, unsure of what had just happened. Immediately I faced those five short, but dense, pages again. This time the situation being detailed was able to wax over me providing me with the life-changing knowledge that if we can't agree to the terms we are using we can not begin to have honest conversations. Sometimes to potentially deadly results.
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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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