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  • Paperback: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Arrow; New Ed edition (5 Jan. 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0099339218
  • ISBN-13: 978-0099339212
  • Product Dimensions: 11 x 3 x 17.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 18,846 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Mr Hemingway, applying that quick eye and wrist of his to the rings of the boxer and bull-fighter, achieves some unforgettable reporting of the world in which blood is argument... The author's exceptional gift of narrative quality gives the excitement of a well-told tale to what is, in fact, a simple description of a scene" (Guardian)

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A collection of Hemingway's first forty-nine short stories, featuring a brief introduction by the author and some lesser known as well as many familiar tales, from the Nobel Prize-winning author of For Whom the Bell Tolls.

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The father of modern realism, Hemingway's skill can really be seen in this collection not just of short stories, but also of chapters from books never published and paragraphs standing alone. If you've never read any Hemingway I cannot recommend him enough. He developed a style, that for the reader is closer to experiencing action, than being told a story. For me he is the original 'show not tell' writer. And in addition, his short stories and novels just make a brilliantly, gripping read.
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The collection of stories in this book are an eclectic mix that are inspired from the different places and expriences Hemingway had along his travels. The short stories are a good place to start with Hemingway I think so you can become used to the style before embarking on a novel. Quirky, thought provoking and quite rude in some parts! Good stuff actually.
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This is a nicely condensed selection of Hemingway stories - including 'The Snows of Kilimanjaro' and 'Up in Michigan' - that I ordered after being told that short stories are his forte. Had previously read 'A Farewell to Arms' and found it a bit cold. His style is definitely well-suited to these shorter narratives.

Only negative is the paperback is a bit thin and the spine will crease with use.
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Amazing skill in writing a short story. Varied and possibly a bit dated now, some quite colonial in content, but wonderful insight into how to draw a reader in to the story. Great characterisation and well worth a read.
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Absolutely nothing wrong with this book - even though I already had quite a few of Hem's short stories it was still worth every penny. A must for every Hemingway fan. Its great to have all stories in one place. It also has a very wise forward by the man himself.
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Yes, it's good, if that's all you wanted to know, although that's subjective. You might not like it. I don't know you or your tastes in literature or anything else. All I can say is I like it, but then I'm hardly one to judge, or one whose judgement should necessarily be relied upon to be of worth to the average wo/man. I myself am quite peculiar, therefore my views tend to the unusual. Which isn't to say this book is odd, or that only odd people would enjoy it, only that my own critical faculties are so flawed/skewed that they are no longer even of much use to myself, inasmuch as I'm not even very sure of what I actually like any more, whether, indeed, I like anything, any more. That is.
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Beautifully written, this was the first Hemmingway book I have read and it was the perfect introduction to his style.
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Hemingway is one of the greatest short story writers. My only criticism is that the subject matter eventually gets very samey. Probably should not be read in lengthy sittings.
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