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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 influence 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 him as one of the greatest literary lights of the 20th 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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  • 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: 5.2 x 0.4 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #79,557 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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"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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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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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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This is an epic fantasy novel, with characters having various interesting mystical powers. The story takes place at Theia’s Moon Esaki and it is about Malkia, who is the leader of the group running away from another group of savages. Malkia lost her parents, husband and child in a war that destroyed everything. Eight years has gone by and they are still in the process of rebuilding the community.
This is a very intense and imaginative work of fiction. The main character Malkia, is bold and caring, and I felt being part of the group she was leading. But as we progress in the story, we learn that there is something not right with her and the dreams that she frequently have. The story is written in a simple prose and that makes it easy to remember the characters and their unique powers.
The book has a surprise in the end as Malkia finally learn the truth about herself, and it makes up a satisfying read; also it nicely opens the way for a sequel. If you like mythical creatures like Dragons, Pegasus and enjoy reading about witches and warlocks, this is the book you want to pick.

I’ll surely look for the sequel to follow Malkia’s adventure.
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