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5.0 out of 5 stars A quick fix of Hemingway.
"The Snows of Kilimanjaro" contains some of Hemingway's finer short stories. And like many of his works, they resemble his life. Everything from his childhood to his later years in Africa are material for these tales. The stories of Hemingway's recurrent character, Nick Adams, who some say is Hemingway himself, are contained in this book also. All the works bear...
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3.0 out of 5 stars Strength in the "bookends"...
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, which, after the First World War was part of British East Africa, and is now Tanzania. The first story lends its title to this collection, and has achieved iconic and now somewhat ironic status...
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A quick fix of Hemingway., 15 Oct 1997
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"The Snows of Kilimanjaro" contains some of Hemingway's finer short stories. And like many of his works, they resemble his life. Everything from his childhood to his later years in Africa are material for these tales. The stories of Hemingway's recurrent character, Nick Adams, who some say is Hemingway himself, are contained in this book also. All the works bear his distinct imprint, even though many are under ten pages in length. "The Short Happy Life of Francis Macomber" is what I consider Hemingway's most potent short story of all. This collection is a great primer for those who are unacquainted with Hemingway's work and wish to discover his talent.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Strength in the "bookends"..., 5 Aug 2013
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John P. Jones III (Albuquerque, NM, USA) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: The Snows Of Kilimanjaro And Other Stories (Paperback)
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, which, after the First World War was part of British East Africa, and is now Tanzania. The first story lends its title to this collection, and has achieved iconic and now somewhat ironic status in that so much of the snow has melted. This was my second reading of these stories; the first was some 30 years ago, and at the time it was a "mandatory" read in that I too was lured to find that frozen carcass of the leopard on the top of Kilimanjaro, which Hemingway cites in an epigraph to this story. (I did make it to the top, didn't find the carcass, and, of course, wonder if it was just a wonderful "folk tale.") And there is the irony of the story... in real life, all too true. A soldier survives the perils of the First World War, only to be done in by a common-place and seemingly minor injury in Africa. Hemingway tells much of the story well through flashbacks, as his protagonist deals with - or not - his oncoming death. Sure, a harsher critic than myself might consider the ending a bit "sappy," a fair enough comment, however there are few sights more awe-inspiring than the (still) snow-topped Kilimanjaro rising majestically and quite solo, above the Serengeti. And wouldn't that be a wonderful final resting place, up there with what is most likely a metaphorical leopard.

There was nothing "sappy" about the final story entitled "The Short Happy Life of Francis Macomber." Two Americans, a husband and wife, on a big-game hunting expedition, being conducted by a British guide, with the "attending natives in tow." It is a very scathing account of all too many who "get their kicks" by killing the big game of Africa. The British guide is not only an excellent hunter; where he truly earns his money is being a psychiatrist for the couple, and well... er... ah... providing some additional services as well. It is a finely wrought tale, of high dramatic tension, and very well-written. As for the insights it provides into the "poverty of human existence," when I was there in 1984, with some extra time before my leopard carcass pursuit, we hired a Hungarian guide to conduct, what was for him, his first "photo safari." He confirmed all too much of the truth in Hemingway's tale, saying that some of the Europeans that he led on the safaris did not even know the names of the animals they were killing... the chief criteria was their size.

As for the other 8 stories, figure they should have been left on the "cutting room floor." The next two after "Kilimanjaro" are really just fragments of a story, with perhaps one banal point, like the confusion there can be between the metric and English systems of measure. "Fifty Grand" concerns boxing, and once again, although it might be "cinema vérité" (to continue with my film analogy), but the utterly inane, insipid dialogue, for which Hemingway is cited as a pioneer, can be more annoying that that proverbial screech of the chalk dragged across the blackboard. (I found this particularly true in his novel, The Sun Also Rises). "The Gambler, the Nun and the Radio" concerns a Mexican who is shot in Montana, and is in the hospital. I just found the entire story "out-of-focus," with no real meaning. "A Way You'll Never Be" is a fragment also, drawn upon Hemingway's real-life experience on the Italian front during World War I. Once again, I was left wondering what the point was. And "The Killers" was the worst story of the collection. Enough said.

Great beginning and ending stories. Particularly the last one I'd give 5-stars to, but overall, the collection merits 3-stars.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars just another fantastic book by this amaizing writer, 10 May 2013
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Could not put it down , had to read straight through - like any Hemmingway book. I am very lucky to own this book
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5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent Hemingway story, 25 Nov 2001
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The Snows of Kilimanjaro is among Hemingway's best works. Concise and yet incredibly condense in meaning, it takes the reader through the main events of the protagonist's life. It therefore provides an explanation of how the main character gradually deprives himself of his greatest dreams and ambitions, drifting away in a lifestyle that he accepts rather than chooses for himself. The character and landscape depictions are remarkable, identifiable with the classic Hemingway style. In this way, connections are allowed to be made between this particular work and others by Hemingway, such as, for instance, A Moveable Feast. The magnitude of The Snows of Kilimanjaro is to be found in the fact that it combines many of Hemingway's distinctive storytelling locations in one text and, most notably, in one that greatly demonstrates his craft.
The unique continuity in plot and the marvellous transitions from present to past and vice versa, keep interest in constant maximum level, until the end of the narrative.
The title of the book is highly related to its content, since it defines the outcome. The climax of the story is inseparably linked to its location. The ending is complemented by the scenery and the impact on the reader is immense.
The Snows of Kilimanjaro is bound to be appreciated not only by avid Hemingway readers, but also by readers that select this book in order to become acquainted with the acclaimed author.
Highly recommended!
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Slim volume of excellent short stories, 29 April 2005
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This is an extremely slim volume of Hemingway's short stories including the classic Snows of Kilimanjaro. As good as the contents is, it's really only 137 pages and therefore a little steep for the price. Some of the stories are also only two or three pages long, although it's amazing how much he can pack into just two pages (On the Quai at Smyrna). If you're new to Hemingway this might not be the best book to get, but it nevertheless makes fascinating and powerful reading.
Contents: Snows of Kilimanjaro, Up in Michigan, On the Quai at Smyrna, Indian Camp, Doctor and the Doctor's Wife, End of Something, Three-Day Blow, Battler, Very Short Story, Soldier's Home, Revolutionist, Mr and Mrs Elliot, Cat in the Rain, Out of Season, Cross-country Snow, My Old Man, Big Two-hearted River parts 1 and 2.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Master at work, 21 Jan 2014
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This is so well known it hardly needs a review. The Snows of Kilimanjaro is so well told, so much about human passions and regrets and weakness and hope and love. Although not every one of the stories has the power to hold your attention so much, I never for a moment flagged. I love the way the action just happens- no history, no explanation, you're there in the action and the conversation.
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3.0 out of 5 stars just ok, 6 Oct 2013
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a confusing mish/mash of stories,but some interesting non the less.farewell to arms a much better read,will try to read it again.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect, 21 April 2013
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Well it is Hemingway. there is nothing more to say. He is one of my favourite writers! Learning by reading
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4.0 out of 5 stars Vintage Hemingway, 20 Nov 2012
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Memories of boyhood, the regrets of old men, men at war, men and women: this famous collection of eighteen stories covers familiar Hemingway themes. There are many great stories in this slim collection: The Battler, The End of Something, Out of Season, Big Two-Hearted River, and of course the collection's eponym.

Strong and intense, like black coffee, and best savoured slowly. Yes, he had limitations, but when it came to capturing a moment of poignancy, he was as good as anyone.

For all his quirks, Hemingway was an exceptional writer. Sometimes he hit, sometimes he missed. In The Snows of Kilimanjaro, he hits pretty much every time.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Classic? Maybe years ago it was, 9 Nov 2012
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D. D. Modhvadia "Dilmx" (London) - See all my reviews
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Sorry to any Hemingway fans but I did not find this an interesting book at all, I almost yawned all the way through it, luckily it is very small.
I appreciate that Hemingway was ahead of his times, this was written decades ago, but I just did not find it even remotely interesting.
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