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Product Details

  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Scribner; 1st Scribner Paperback Fiction ed edition (February 21, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0684825864
  • ISBN-13: 978-0684825861
  • Product Dimensions: 7.9 x 5.5 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #263,889 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Painfully good - no-one can deny their brilliance" --The Nation --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

About the Author

Ernest Hemingway did more to change the style of English prose than any other writer of his time. Publication of The Sun Also Rises and A Farewell to Arms immediately established Hemingway as one of the greatest literary lights of the twentieth century. His classic novella The Old Man and the Sea won the Pulitzer Prize in 1953. Hemingway was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1954. He died in 1961.

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Ernest Hemingway ranks as the most famous of twentieth-century American writers; like Mark Twain, Hemingway is one of those rare authors most people know about, whether they have read him or not. The difference is that Twain, with his white suit, ubiquitous cigar, and easy wit, survives in the public imagination as a basically, lovable figure, while the deeply imprinted image of Hemingway as rugged and macho has been much less universally admired, for all his fame. Hemingway has been regarded less as a writer dedicated to his craft than as a man of action who happened to be afflicted with genius. When he won the Nobel Prize in 1954, Time magazine reported the news under Heroes rather than Books and went on to describe the author as "a globe-trotting expert on bullfights, booze, women, wars, big game hunting, deep sea fishing, and courage." Hemingway did in fact address all those subjects in his books, and he acquired his expertise through well-reported acts of participation as well as of observation; by going to all the wars of his time, hunting and fishing for great beasts, marrying four times, occasionally getting into fistfights, drinking too much, and becoming, in the end, a worldwide celebrity recognizable for his signature beard and challenging physical pursuits.

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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Patrick Koucheravy on March 27, 2001
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These are some the best stories I have ever read. When I was in high school, my class was asked to read In Another Country for discussion. It was my first Hemingway short story, and an introduction to the novels we would be reading. I almost cried. His writing is just so gut-wrenchingly honest and raw. No overwrought explanations of emotion. You know how these characters are feeling simply because of how the speak and act. Hemingway is the master of context. The Killers is almost like a mystery story that never gets solved. Why doesn't he run out of town? What's going to happen to the big guy? I love this stuff and can't get enough of it.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 24, 1999
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"Men Without Women" by Ernest Hemingway features a glimpse into the genius that is Hemingway. I found it to be a great read during a summer weekend. I especially enjoyed the Nick Adams stories and the story about the matador fighting one last glorious bullfight (one of Hemingway's favoright subjects). "Men Without Women" deals with subjects both everyday and serious such as love and abortion. This short read by Hemingway makes a great introduction for anyone wanting to begin reading Hemingway. I highly recomend it.
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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful By D. Roberts VINE VOICE on August 30, 2002
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Hemingway's short stories have always been hit & miss with me. Some of them don't really do anything for me, none are among my very favorite short stories, but most of them are well-written and thought provoking. Such is the case with this set.
Hemingway offers us an assortment of masculine characters, mostly picked from his favorite types of male personas: soldiers, bullfighters, mobsters and prizefighters. Despite the title of the book, there are a smattering of female characters in some of the tales. They rank with the standard fare of impetuous women that Hemingway likes to write about.
The scope of the stories is quite broad, featuring painful topics such as abortion, breakup, heartbreak and being past ones prime. The latter theme is taken up in THE UNDEFEATED, THE KILLERS and FIFTY GRAND and later on re-appears in Hemingway's THE OLD MAN AND THE SEA. FIFTY GRAND, which details the demise of a washed-up boxer, is my favorite short story in this collection.
Stories such as IN ANOTHER COUNTRY, and NOW I LAY ME introduce motifs that are echoed in A FAREWELL TO ARMS, which was published just a few years after MWW.
Tho I've never been enamoured with the short story genre, Hemingway does rank as one of the best in the business - particularly in the American literary canon. Hence, followers of Hemingway as well as people who greatly enjoy short stories would likely appreciate this book.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By David Lipke on October 29, 2012
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In High School we had to read Old Man and the Sea. Needless to say I thought it was incredibly boring and the motifs far to obvious; it seemed like every other book we had to read included a prominent Christ-figure, so when I got to this one I couldn't help but think "Again?! Come on!"
I vowed then never to read anymore Hemingway ever in my life because I was a foolish child and made such ultimatums.

Naturally, 8 years later, I decided to give this guy who was supposed to be the greatest American writer another chance.

I don't know if I had just matured that much in those eight years or if this story just captures me that much more, but I couldn't put this down. The first three pages took me some time; I was distracted; I wasn't used to the style - that level of bones bare is not something I've elsewhere seen... that I can remember.
But by God, after that I couldn't get enough. His style is beautiful and the stories enthralling. Each page, each line, each word, holds a labyrinth of meaning beneath the surface. The untold words are the ones that seem to have the greatest weight. The action is an intense as you let it be. He really leaves the story up to you.
While many writers these days would spend paragraphs describing a washed-up boxer in the midst of a deep internal struggle, drinking a bottle of brandy because it's the only way he can take everything off his mind and finally, finally get some rest. How he guzzles down the liquor with reckless abandon. But Hemingway mentions it once then merely hints at it while focusing on the part of the story that you can't make up on your own.
And that's just one, glaringly obvious, instance in a book rife with them.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Timothy Haugh TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on December 18, 2011
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Reading this reminded me why, though I admire Hemingway greatly as a writer, I am not really a fan. Men Without Women is a collection of 14 (often quite short) short stories. His stories are often powerful, occasionally very moving, but the subject matter simply does not speak to me strongly.

The two longest stories here are variation on a theme: a matador's last fight ("The Undefeated") and a boxer's last fight ("Fifty Grand"). Though both stories have a brutal honesty that I admire, neither the world of bullfighting (which comes up again in "Banal Story") nor the world of boxing is particularly interesting to me. Others, of course, who find these subjects more appealing than I would find more enjoyment here.

Hemingway is often considered a writer for men (as even the title of this collection implies), and there is some truth to that. Not only is the subject matter more likely to appeal to men, but the characters about which he write are predominantly men. Sometimes, even so, this leads to some universally appealing results, like his hitmen story "The Killers" and his brush with homosexuality in war, "A Simple Enquiry". Ironically, however, the best of his stories are those that feature women: the abortion conversation in "Hills Like White Elephants", the veteran who loses his wife in "In Another Country", and the young man betrayed by his girlfriend in "Ten Indians". These are the stories I will remember from this collection.

There is so much about Hemingway to like. His spare writing style and his ability to end a story quietly is wonderful. His willingness to tackle subjects like abortion, drug abuse, homosexuality, and the horrors of war is admirable. Without a doubt, some of the stories in this collection rise to the truly magnificent. To some, I'm sure, Hemingway is a perfect writer and I can see the appeal. I just wish the topic he chose to write about were more interesting to me.
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