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The Snows of Kilimanjaro and Other Stories (Scribner Classics) Hardcover – Deluxe Edition, July 6, 1999
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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 an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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abroad, the subjects of these tales deal with some of his favorite--albeit morbid--literary interests: death, drink, war and illness. Possibly influenced by Anderson's anthology, WINESBURG OHIO, the author actually chooses one character, Nick Adams, to appear in several unrelated stories. Ranging in length from 3 - 33 pages these stories are the offspring of the imagination and morality of a Man's author. His protagonists include a solider, boxer, gambler, game hunters--even simple waiters. Set in Africa, Italy, France and the Chicago environs, this collection will transport readers back to the era of the Lost Generation, when personal choices were often painfully wrong, resulting in social and moral disaster. Vintage Heminway, with subtle hints of his interest in suicide.
Be prepared: this story shall transform your philosophy on existence. Oh yeah, and the other stories aren't half-bad either :-)
Vintage EH, from "In Another Country." He puts you there: Italy, 1918. Don't let the latter-day revisionists and heavy-handed feminist influence upon literature put you off. He's still great, uniquely great. Don't be fooled by cliquish critics who say he was only good at short stories. "A Farewell to Arms" is the greatest war novel of the 20th century. And read "In Another Country," right here, in this book. It speaks to our times even better than it spoke to the era in which Hemingway went to war.
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Ten short stories by Ernest Hemingway fill this book with intrigue and excitement:
1. The Snows of Kilimanjaro--A man's man faces his mortality at the foot of Africa's... Read more
A sad reading but a good representation of writings and attitudes of "the lost generation" of Hemmingway and his contemporaries. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Booksandbeyond
The disc would not play, and it was too much trouble to return it.Published 2 months ago by sailcara
The CD gets 2 stars because, like another reviewer, none of 4 CD players could read it. It arrived with defects. My advice: don't bother with it. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Batman
What a wonderful story teller. The story itself is quite banal: the selfishness of a woman of extreme beauty and the chaos left in her wake but the skilful weaving and bringing... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Ms.M H Clark
This is an excellent book, but not one of Hemingway's best. It's an intriguing look at Africa during the 20s though.Published 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
If you are expecting stories that fit the normal formula, you might want to look elsewhere. If you are looking for stories that allow you to peer into the depth of the character's... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Kenneth Smith