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"Extraordinary tour de force ... For perhaps the first time in our literature, a kind of anti-Western Western" -- Leslie A. Fiedler "Hemingway gave the century a way of making literary art that dealt with the remarkable violence of our time. He listened and watched and invented the language - using the power, the terror, of silences - with which we could name ourselves" New York Times Book Review --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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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: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Scribner; 1st Scribner Paperback Fiction Ed edition (April 6, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0684839075
  • ISBN-13: 978-0684839073
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.3 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
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This isn't a novel that would be very enjoyable to someone who doesn't have much experience with other literary works of the 1920s. Read alone it is pretty silly and vulgar. Read -after- you have finished Sherwood Anderson's _Dark Laughter_, however, this book is very funny. Hemingway spoofs both Anderson's style and his silly plot. And throughout, EH offers a treatise on the art of parody. The book is very short, and tightly controlled by Hemingway (something Anderson didn't get right with Dark Laughther). The book is also interesting for those invested in the perennial Hemingway was/was not a racist argument. Read alone, the bits about Indians would be highly offensive, but read in light of Anderson's horrifying primitivism and liberal use of the N-word in Dark Laughter, Hemingway's depiction of the Indians is really a chastisement of Anderson's silly racist story. Hemingway's complex sense of humor, visible in his other novels under the surface, is fully on display here. Too bad time has eradicated a fuller understanding of all the jokes. I recommend this book for Hemingway aficionados and for students of modernism who need a wake-up call about Hemingway's place (and his understanding of that place) in the modernist canon.
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For one to understand why Hemingway wrote a book of this caliber, it must be understood that Sherwood Anderson, whom Hem parodied, had a contract with the same company Hemingway had signed a contract with. An offer had also been made by Scribner which was more prestiegeous of the two literary firms. To get out of the contract, Hem offered this book, which he knew would be turned down by the firm of Boni and Liveright, thus giving Hemingway the chance to accept the contract from Scribner. The contract essentially said that if the second book of a three book contract was turned down, Hemingway could break the contract. Hemingway knew that Boni and Liveright would never publish a book which lampooned Sherwood Anderson (one of the stars of Boni and Liveright). Hemingway actually had other offers besides Scribner's. He did, however, take Scribner's offer, basically because he had given his word to Maxwell Perkins who worked at Scribner that he would work with them. The book was not intended as a great literary work, and thus must be examined in the light of which it is written. There are many funny idosyncrasies which Hem used for some of the characters in the book. Most of these came from people he knew there in Paris. Entertaining? Yes it was to me. A great literary work? It achieved what he was looking for. So you be the judge.
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I thought I'd read everything Hemingway ever published, but I was not even familiar with this one. When I read that it was a parody, I thought I might not get it, since it had been a long time since I'd read any of the authors he was targeting. Instead I found myself laughing out loud. So much reminded me of best-sellers I had read in recent years(The Bridges of Madison County is one which comes to mind). It just goes to show, great writing can come in many styles, but bad writing remains amazingly consistant over the years.
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Hemingway appears to make order out of chaos in his first novel with a minimalist style that would later become his hallmark. I enjoy going back to the early works to understand how he grew in force and style to create his masterpieces. These early works are required reading -- or should be -- for any student of American letters.
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This was the book written by Hemingway for the purpose of getting out of his publishing contract with one publisher so he could contract with Scribner's. If one reads with that knowledge in mind it is even more enjoyable because it is a literary dare and brazen. No holds barred and the author occasionally talks to the reader (!!) in the middle of drama. I laughed out loud more than once and couldn't put this little book down until I finished it.
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This little 90-page novella/short story was written in 1926, and is very representative of Hemingway's style and sense of humor. It is a parody of the early so-called vogue of a writing style, that all writers were expected to follow; but Hemingway broke the mold and wrote an entertaining story in his own way and style. He wrote in short, declarative sentences and was soon recognized for his tough, no-nonsense prose. This is a quick read enjoyed along with a glass of sherry or sogu on a cold wet evening - he mentions winter and ice quite often - so a warming toddy would be perfect.
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Having written about everything Hemingway's written I would say this early story is very different from the later and
Much better of his works. I would only recommend for curiosity sake it to a reader already familiar with his great other works.
A reader unfamiliar with Hem's great, great Novels like
'For Whom the Bell Tolls' or 'Moveable Feast' ( my favorites
Of his ) might be discouraged and get the wrong impression
On Hemingway's huge stature as writer. 'Torrents' was written
Very early in his career, before he really developed his style.
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I found the book interesting, if only from the standpoint of it being a transitional effort for the author before he found his "voice." I found the story boring and the characters rather dull, without any strong entertainment value.
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