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Now he would never write the things that he had saved to write until he knew enough to write them well. Well, he would not have to fail at trying to write them either. Maybe you could never write them, and that was why you put them off and delayed the starting. Well he would never know, now.In the story, at least, the hero gets some points for stoic acceptance, as well as an epiphanic vision of Kilimanjaro's summit, "wide as all the world, great, high, and unbelievably white in the sun." (The movie version is another matter: Gregory Peck makes it back to the hospital, loses a leg, and is a better person for it.) But Hemingway's other great white hunter, in "The Short Happy Life of Francis Macomber," is granted a less dignified exit. This time the issue is cowardice, another of Papa's bugaboos: poor Francis is too wimpy to face down a wounded lion, let alone satisfy his treacherous wife in bed. Yet he does manage a last-minute triumph before dying--an absolute assertion of courage--which makes the title a hair less ironic than it initially seems. No wonder these are two of the highest-caliber (so to speak) tales in the Hemingway canon. --Bob Brandeis --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
If you have not read any EH or you do like his writings this is not a good place to start.
I had to read this book my junior year of high school, and it is one of the most memorable things that I read. :)
This collection showcases some of Hemingway's best short stories, and serves as a fine introduction to his work.
Whether one read Hemingway's short stories forty or fifty years ago they are certainly worth rereading from the perspective of our own life's experience. Read morePublished 4 months ago by John C. Kolojeski
If you have not read any EH or you do like his writings this is not a good place to start. It's taken me a long time to understand him and I'm sure alot of folks will disagree but... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Gail Wooten
There is something haunting about this story and the inevitability of death as it creeps closer like the vultures and hyena biding their time. Read morePublished 9 months ago by MJ
He does always catch me off guard and I find myself crying. It is his gift .....to pull the unsuspecting into his world and then bring it crashing down on you.Published 11 months ago by deeksha
Always liked his novels, though they took me into areas of deep thinking too often. Short stories are done with his usual brilliance.Published 14 months ago by Bob McKewin
This book contains some of the best Ernest Hemingway stories. They show the general themes of his writing, a bland indifference, a despairing meaninglessness, death and suicide,... Read morePublished 16 months ago by TRH
This is a collection of 10 short stories by Ernest Hemmingway. The two worthy ones are the first and last one, both set in Africa, on the hunting grounds of the Serengeti plain,... Read morePublished 16 months ago by John P. Jones III