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The Snows of Kilimanjaro and Other Stories

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 16, 2005

    Depressing but worth reading

    I had never read anything by Hemingway until a friend loaned me this collection of ten short stories. Although I can't comment on Hemingway's entire body of work, in these stories he seems to find disappointment in his major characters. His characters are all interesting, flawed human beings, with the exception of the women, whom he seems to revere and loathe at the same time. The men are all consumed with manly pursuits like gambling, hunting, boxing and warfare. Hemingway created vivid scenes with short bursts of dialogue and long run-on sentences jam-packed with prepositional phrases. Like medicine, I knew these stories were 'good for me' in a way the next best-seller never will be, yet the acidic tang and sticky-sweet syrup taste lingered long after.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 8, 2005

    Disappointed by 'one of the greats'

    I am probably one of the few people who find Hemingway's writing a disappointment. I felt this way the first time I read Faulkner, too. I asked myself 'What is he trying to say?' or 'Why am I reading this if it's not meaningful or enjoyable to me?' I persist through books I am not liking because I felt like this during the first hundred pages of 'A Tale of Two Cities' and that ended up being one of my favorite books. Not this book, however. These stories felt to me like Hemingway was purging himself of something and not trying to tell me a story. Some literature I guess can be like that but not the kind I like to read.

    1 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 26, 2013

    Good collection for writers to learn from

    I'm still reading the first story. It's a tough read, but it is worth it. The character is very interesting, talking about his unfilled wish to write stories based on the experiences he's had.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 9, 2003

    Hemingway

    I read this in my Honors English class, and not many people liked it. Though I don't exactly like the subjects he writes about, I can see why Hemingway is considered a literary genius. His writing is straight and to the point. I must say, though, it takes a while to get used to his writing. When I read aloud, I stumbled for a while until I got the swing of things.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 6, 1999

    A Great Existential Look at Life

    Hemingway does a great job in the story of showing the regrets of a dying man. It shows how his choices have lead him down the path he is currently on. It creats in one the desire to act now.

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