Men Without Women was a milestone in Hemingway s career Fiesta had already established him as a novelist of exceptional power, but with these short stories, his second collection, he showed that it is possible, within the space of a few pages, to recreate a scene with absolute truth, bringing to life details observed only by the eye of a uniquely gifted artist.Hemingway sMen Without Women was a milestone in Hemingway s career Fiesta had already established him as a novelist of exceptional power, but with these short stories, his second collection, he showed that it is possible, within the space of a few pages, to recreate a scene with absolute truth, bringing to life details observed only by the eye of a uniquely gifted artist.Hemingway s men are bullfighters and boxers, hired hands and hard drinkers, gangsters and gumen Each of their stories deals with masculine toughness unsoftened by woman s hand Incisive, hard edged, pared down to the bare minimum, they are classic Hemingway territory.
Men Without Women Men Without Women was a milestone in Hemingway s career Fiesta had already established him as a novelist of exceptional power but with these short stories his second collection he showed that it is
There is this story from Hemingway called Hills like white elephants and my English teacher gave it to me when I was 16 It is still one of the best pieces of literature I have ever read I give it to my students as well, not to all of them, but to adults and those who can intellectually digest it Every time I do it, I learn something new although I know this story by heart but Hemingway confuses readers with setting and symbolism and when you have something very confusing in front of you, you are [...]
So it s a town full of bright boys The KillersJoseph Wood Krutch called the stories in Men Without Women Sordid little catastrophes involving very vulgar people, an assessment I find that observation ungenerous and vulgar in its own way, to miss the subtley and elegance of the prose, to miss the humanity and vulnerability underneath the bravado and bullfighting and boxing I know Hemingway is out of fashion at the moment as supposed misogynist and drunk, but I think its somewhat too narrow to dis [...]
Hemingway was born into a period when men were still fully expected to indulge in manly sports such as fishing and fighting and watching animals getting massacred in entertaining ways all of which were presumably improved if there was a handy cerveza or scotch to hand A time when men approached the acts of love and the acts of war with the same head on determination because life is brief and you never know when your number might be up or your tackle might get blown off by either a Communist or a [...]
I m not especially keen on short stories if they re good, I can t read too many in quick succession because it s disorienting, and if they re not good I don t really want to read them.It may be blasphemous to many, but this collection was in the latter camp, hence it took me a long time to read a very short book I just couldn t engage with the characters, plots I hate bullfighting and boxing, which set me against a couple of them or writing style, the latter being mostly such short sentences tha [...]
An Alpine Idyll The most striking image from any story in Hemingway s Men Without Women is that of the peasant man chopping and gathering wood in the lantern light, with the lantern dangling from the open mouth of his dead and frozen wife.It is such a fitting image, considering the title of Hemingway s book, but I have never been bothered by the image, nor the action, as so many seem to be.The peasant and his wife lived a hard life We know that And he was an ex soldier who d likely witnessed som [...]
Published in 1927, this is Hemingway s 2nd group of short stories This collection contains 14 stories and these were quite good Of course there is a story about bullfighting and one about boxing, as you would expect But they ve got that Hemingway flair or style that is unique and very recognizable Another story that was very poignant about a girl on the train, on the way to get an abortion, and her discussion with her lover, although they don t directly say that s what they are doing All in all, [...]
I m not really sure I see Hemingway s brilliance just yet An idea or a quote will flit through when you least expect it and then the spark just goes out.I love how he strips his stories of everything but the bare fundamentals, and sets it so that you never know what the story actually is It quietly lurks behind the lines and pages, waiting for those who want to find it, and then bloody runs away when you think you ve caught it You just cannot win It took me three reads to understand Hills Like W [...]
Extract from Ten Indians My heart s broken, he thought If I feel this way my heart must be broken After a while he heard his father blow out the lamp and go into his own room He heard a wind come up in the trees outside and felt it come in cool through the screen He lay for a long time with his face in the pillow, and after a while he forgot to think about Prudence and finally he went to sleep When he awoke in the night he heard the wind in the hemlock trees outside the cottage and the waves of [...]
An early collection of Hemingway stories that show the range he would employ in his longer works The famous Hills Like White Elephants and The Killers are included in this volume Now I Lay Me was a new story for me and was my favorite of the bunch.
I think Hemingway s short stories are underestimated Most of them are as good as his novels and some of them are even better.
I m not good at short stories It is a literary form that has eluded me, just as the story gets good it ENDS Hemingway writes short stories that feel like snap shots you see the young couple in the cafe, the boy trying to contain his broken heart, the injured soldiers But the contact is brief, you look at them and draw conclusions about their lives based on body language, facial expression, their manner of speech and their interactions with the world But a snapshot does not tell you what happened [...]
What rock have I been under I had no idea there were short stories within Men Without Women, this small book of 137 pages I had just finished For Whom the Bell Tolls and found this book I thought, Oh, Ernest Hemingway, I ll like this novella I will read it quickly to add to my 2013 Reading Challenge Uh, not These short stories by Ernest Hemingway were the toughest short stories I have ever read I haven t worked my brain as much as I have with these They seem so simple at first, easy dialogue, yo [...]
Recommended for Tough guys with a gentle heart.The blurb on the cover read In these tales shorn of sensitivity and femininity,one meets real men gunslingers, bullfighters,soldiers, jockeys,gangsters , I stopped there,frowning aren t doctors,academics,bankers ok,not bankers real men too Ah,but then you have to remember Hemingway s culture of machismo these are real men cause they ve looked death in the eye,they have gone to the edge come back mortally wounded yet never conceding defeat His bullfi [...]
I had two short story collections before me with the title Men Without Women , one by Ernest Hemingway, the other by Haruki Murakami I went with Hemingway s because it was slimmer and had a nice cover photograph of some men sitting at a doorway drinking beer and smoking cigarettes yeah, I m shallow that way.Anyway, as is typical for short story collections, some are good, some are so so The better ones require a bit of thinking, which is always a good thing My favourites, in no particular order [...]
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I am determined to get through these stories if its the last thing I do, c mon its Ernest Hemingway.Everyone loves a Hemingway story right, so why not me.
What an intriguing title And what a fascinating cover illustration If you look closely, there appears to be one woman in the crowd, but her eyes are blocked from the action by a rope around the boxing ring We re approaching thesis territory about titles of books, but I digress And as the book progresses, one becomes further mystified as to why Hemmingway chose this title The book opens with a good bullfight story in which no women appear Next, a Major advises a patient to never marry a man shoul [...]
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That s all we do, isn t it look at things and try new drinks Men Without Women is a collection of stories by Ernest Hemingway It includes such classics as Hills Like White Elephants , Fifty Grand , The Killers , and In Another Country I listened to this collection on audible as read by Stacey Keach, and he was a wonderful reader His voice, for one, sounds to me like Hemingway might sound Also he did a great job with the dialects which included Italians, New Yorkers, women, a drunk, among others. [...]
My first taste of Hemingway and his much praised writing style The stories from this collection, and especially The Killers, are very good examples of slice of life narratives I love how backstory is implied for the characters and events and every story leaves you contemplating what will follow.I did however feel let down by possibly the two weakest stories closing the collection which left a bad flavour in the mouth of an otherwise highly enjoyable experience.Both movie adaptations of The Kille [...]
Style vs Substance, that s the ongoing debate In this collection I d have to say that Style is the main event which isn t to say there aren t some good stories in there but in my opinion, the action takes a back seat to the rhythm of the writing itself.Used to teach Hills Like White Elephants and Ten Indians, subsequently they re my favorite Chosen for their thematic content and admittedly their brevity, these are a great way to introduce students to the idea of subtext almost boringly spare on [...]
Men without women is a collection of short stories After a movable feast, this book felt like a letdown It s brilliant in patches hills like white elephant is extremely well crafted But then again all the stories leave you wishing for Still pick it up just for hills like white elephant.
I am so indifferent to this book I honestly don t understand why people love Hemingway or what meaning they find in stories like these They just seemed so inconsequential to me.
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