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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
"The Library of Essential Writers" series of books are affordable and beautiful editions, not to mention sturdy [they are all in hardcover] and number about 31 works in all. In this collection of Ernest Hemingway's 4 novels, the works are "The Sun Also Rises", "A Farewell to Arms", "For Whom the Bell Tolls", and "The Old Man and the Sea". The works are preceded by a brief introduction by Eric Carl Link, the author of "The Vast and Terrible Drama: American Literary Naturalism in the Late Nineteenth Century".

This edition is complemented by "The Complete Short Stories of Ernest Hemingway: The Finca Vigia Edition".
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
on January 20, 2009
Let's cut straight to the chase: these are the four best longer-form stories from Hemingway, far and away. All in a single book, what a treat! Maybe technically the Pullitzer-prize winning "The Old Man and the Sea' is a novella, but it really doesn't matter: these are the 4 wonderful fiction books he wrote. If you have these novels plus the "Complete Short Stories" book you will be well-stocked with Hemingway magic.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on June 21, 2009
If you are into Hemingway or you've never read his work before, this is the book to read. These are his four greatest novels rolled into one. If you want to be able to hold your own in a conversation about Hemingway, read these four books and you will know what his style is all about!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on June 20, 2009
It does not get much better than these four great novels by the 20th century's best writer of men and war - be it war with a woman, with an enemy or with the elements. For Whom the Bell Tolls is the finaest political novel ever written and you will not find a better story of the sea than The Old Man and the Sea. So read these books and see why Papa was the champ.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
The choice of 'The Sun Also Rises' ' A Farewell to Arms' 'For Whom the Bell Tolls' and 'Old Man and the Sea' as Hemingway's finest novels seems to me correct. However Hemingway's work tends to lose something as it lengthens. His best work is by far his short stories, and not his novels. It even seems to me that the two shorter works here 'The Old Man and the Sea' and 'A Sun Also Rises' are the superior ones. '
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on January 21, 2014
I'm not going to review some of the best works by one of the greatest authors. This is just a review of this publication.
I liked having all of these wonderful stories in one book, it makes it easy to travel with. The issue I had, was the censured "bad" words. Had I known this book was censured, I would not have bought it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on March 10, 2011
This was my first Hemingway book. Going on a trip to Key West soon and wanted to read some Hemingway to get ready. I enjoyed the book and I am not a avid reader by any means. I got the book used but I am sure it was new a plus for me.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on January 19, 2014
Hemingway is one of the literary genius' of all time. This is a set that I would recommend to anyone. The Sun Also Rises, and A Farewell to Arms should be required reading in high school.
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on September 27, 2011
There's no need to say anything about the four stories in this collection. This is a very nice, hardbound collection of four of Hemingway's best novels. Looks great in my library!
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on August 6, 2014
Great reading & I like the three novels in one book. What more can you say about Hemmingway than he was one of the best.
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