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Product Details

  • Series: Scribner Classics
  • Hardcover: 464 pages
  • Publisher: Scribner; Classic Edition edition (April 1, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0684837862
  • ISBN-13: 978-0684837864
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 1.5 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #200,410 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Philadelphia Inquirer

Keach gives just the right voice to the stories of Hemingway...Anyone who simply wants a good story, well told and well read, should let Keach take charge and just dive in.

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.

More About the Author

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.

Customer Reviews

This collection of short stories defines what great short fiction is.
Stephen Dufrechou
On another note, the book is just the right size to take along when traveling or for a break between errands.
susan
The images and emotions that Hemingway evokes through his prose are clear and sharp.
S. DEMILLE

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33 of 34 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 23, 1998
Format: Paperback
If you like short story collections, you cannot do better than this (unless, perhaps, you buy Hemingway's Finca Vigia edition, which contains all of these and several more). There is so much packed into the short, terse sentences that make up these stories that you will get new things out of them each time, and no matter how many times, you read them. For my money, these stories and "A Moveable Feast," his memoir of Paris, represent Hemingway's most heartfelt and intimate writing.
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29 of 34 people found the following review helpful By S. DEMILLE on May 14, 2000
Format: Paperback
I read this book in two weeks, and many of the stories I read over and over, such as "A Clean, Well-Lighted Place" and the Nick Adams stories. Hemingway's writing is sparse on adverbs and adjectives; his is straight forward English. This allows the reader to read through each story without having to reread a paragraph for clarity. The images and emotions that Hemingway evokes through his prose are clear and sharp. At times I felt as though I were right there with Nick Adams throwing my line into the fast-moving stream; as though I were in the bull-fighting arena watching Manuel Garcia perform his veronicas; as though I were holding Frances Macomber's gun as the buffalo was charging at him. Some of the stories I didn't particularly like (On the Quai at Smyrna, Mr. and Mrs. Elliott) but the strong stories made up for them. No wonder Hemingway won the Nobel Prize. Certainly the judges for that award looked back at his stories in deciding. Buy the book and enjoy it!
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Jeffery L. Smith on November 13, 2007
Format: Audio CD
There is little that I could say about Hemingway's short stories that hasn't been said before. But while Ernest Hemingway had magic with the written word, his old recordings of reading his own stories on tape are not good. Instead of sounding like how I would expect the story to be told (out loud), the author's voice is shrill and, in places, sounds more like an impression of Mark Twain. Stacy Keach is hands down the ideal voice of Hemingway's short stories (although I give four stars to Charleton Heston). His readings are straightforward, he employs accents where applicable, and minimizes the "he said" and "she said" words, making them place holders rather than part of the story itself. Based on the three volumes of Hemingway short stories, I am sufficiently enamored of Keach's readings to make me delve into other works of fiction that Keach has recorded on CD.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Twain Bunyan on August 15, 2007
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Ernest Hemingway was one of the first celebrity writers. In fact, his life was so interesting that, for a time, it looked like he was more interesting than what he wrote. While I read A Farewell to Arms and The Sun Also Rises relatively early in life, I remember really getting into Carlos Baker's biography of the "larger than life" author. At first, I steered clear of Hemingway's short stories; on the whole, I am not a big fan of short stories. They're over too fast, for one thing, and add to this a professor I had along the way who likened every short story to the archetypical story of Adam and Eve, and my interest in the short story form evaporated like yesterday's rainwater. Then in the 70's I saw a Hollywood adaptation of Hemingway's Nick Adams stories (and especially after seeing Paul Newman play the washed up boxer in "The Battler"), I dusted off my copy of EH's short stories, and read them all over the course of a couple of days and was blown away by them. Later, when I taught "Big Two-Hearted River" and "My Old Man" to the American Authors class in a local high school, I had some of the most soul-searching discussions with the students. Often, I would read one of the stories aloud to them and then we'd talk about it. What was there about these stories that brought the class alive and so open to discussion? One reason might be that they are written so simply and, yet, pack such an emotional punch the reader hardly sees it coming. In "Big Two-Hearted River", for example, he's not just telling about a fishing expedition, catching and cleaning fish, packing them up for the trip home; he's got that bit about the ants on the burning log which transfers quite nicely as an allegory for human existence.Read more ›
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Alfred Johnson on August 2, 2007
Format: Hardcover
I recently reviewed this same compilation of short stories in an edition that included the short play The Fifth Column that I was interested in discussing concerning the problem of spies and infiltrators from the Franco-led Nationalist side-and what to do about them- in the Spanish Civil War of 1936-39. This edition does not contain that play and therefore I can discuss the short stories on their own terms. Although Hemingway wrote many novels, most of which I have read at one time or another, I believe that his style and sparseness of language was more suitable to the short story. This compilation of his first forty-nine although somewhat uneven in quality, as is always the case with any writer, I think makes my point. In any case they contain not only some of his most famous short stories but also some of the best.

The range of subjects that interested Hemingway is reflected here, especially those that defined masculinity in his era. Included here are classics such as The Snows of Kilimanjaro about the big game hunt, The Killers- a short and pungent gangster tale that was made into a much longer movie, many of the youthful Nick Adams stories tracing his adventures from puberty to his time of service in World War I, stories on bullfighting- probably more than you will ever want to know about that subject but reflecting an aficiado's appreciation of the art form, a few on the never-ending problems of love and its heartbreaks including a metaphorical one, reflecting the censorious nature of the times, on the impact of abortion on a couple's relationship, and some sketches that were included in A Farewell to Arms. Well worth your time. As always Hemingway masterly wields his sparse and functional language to make his points. Again, as always read this man. This is part of our literary heritage.
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