Men Without Women (Arrow Classic) Paperback – 3 Nov 1994
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"Painfully good - no-one can deny their brilliance" (The Nation)
A milestone in Hemingway's career, this second collection of short stories brings to life details observed only by the eye of a uniquely gifted artist, from thr Nobel Prize-winning author of A Farewell to Arms.See all Product Description
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Hemingway was a writer whose novels are hugely important in his canon and also to his identity as a writer, but as this collection of short fiction shows (along with many other collections of short material) he was equally adept in spare short prose. I would even go as far to say that his short stories are immortal, and the sum of their greatness surpasses that of his novels.
'Men Without Women' is a book that does not mislead the reader with it's title. I had read this some time ago and I remember an overwhelmingly masculine presence to the book, and yet, women readers should not be put off by this; there is enough beautiful writing for everyone.
Stand out stories from this collection include a personal favourite; 'The Killers' (COMPLETELY different to the movie versions based off of it, may I say...), as well as the brilliant opener 'The Undefeated' and the blisteringly short dialogue 'Today is Friday'. The only issue I had with the collection is that it jumps between overarching narratives, that of Nick in particular, and it sometimes feels bizarre to jump here and there, to these characters and then to the others, with no indication of sequence or linearity. This is a minor gripe, however. It is not confusing or a deal-breaker, it just means the book doesn't flow as fast as you would expect.
Overall, a must read for any man... and woman.
Still, you would be hard-presed to find any of this 'unmanliness' in this collection (except maybe for the title) - simple, rugged stories of fishing and hunting and the like. Hemmingway was one of the best short story writers and this collection is pretty much flawless.
no in depth stories but good examples of the prose that he uses in his longer works. varied settings.
stories and I can only recomand the book to all.
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Bland and uninteresting, couldn't even get through to half of the book.Published 14 months ago by Freddie
Everything was okay, quick delivery, books where in a good condition, except one of the book covers was different then shown in the picture. But that's not a problemPublished on 26 April 2014 by Giedrius K