Tuesday, June 29

Book Review: Snows of Kilimanjaro and Other Stories

Title: The Snows of Kilimanjaro and Other Stories

Author: Ernest Hemingway

Pages: 154

Summary: The Snows of Kilimanjaro and Other stories, contains ten of Hemingway's most acclaimed and popular works of short fiction. Selected from Winner Take Nothing, Men Without Women, and The Fifth Column and the First Forty-Nine Stories, the collection includes "The Killers," the first of Hemingway's mature stories to be accepted by an American Periodical; the autobiographical "Fathers and Sons," which alludes, for the first time in Hemingway's career, to his father's suicide; "The Short Happy Life of Francis Macomber," a "brilliant fusion of personal observation, hearsay, an invention," wrote Hemingway's biographer, Carlos Baker; and the title story itself, of which Hemingway said: "I put all the true stuff in," with enough material, he boasted, to fill four novels. Beautiful in their simplicity, startling in their originality, and unsurpassed in their craftsmanship, the stories in this volume highlight one of America's master storytellers at the top of his form.

My Rating: 8.25

What I liked/disliked about the book: One of the things I like best about Hemingway is that he’s a master storyteller. He was a fantastic writer and had a wonderful ability to write and tell a story. He didn’t use anything fancy or overly descriptive (which I do like and appreciate), he just tells a story, but something about his writing style pulls you into the story each time. Perhaps he’s able to relate to certain events and create characters that seem to be more life like and real to the reader, ones that faced similar hardships and experiences to the reader, I’m not sure, but I just can’t help but to enjoy whatever Hemingway wrote. Although I admit that’s not much.

This collection of short stories is no exception. Although like with most short story collections I enjoyed some, disliked others, for the most part I found this to be an enjoyable read. Some of my favourites where: A Clean and a Well-lighted place, In Another Country, and Fathers and Sons. I enjoyed the title story as well, but I was expecting something different than what I got. The message at the end of the story was well done, but the story it self wasn’t what I expected. But overall I enjoyed the book, some stories were better than others, but that was it’s only real fault.

Would I recommend it to read: I would recommend it to read, but I’d say to select readers, because Hemingway is an author that focuses on storytelling. He’s a master story teller, but he doesn’t get fancy about, he just uses quality writing to tell his stories. This collection is no exception. But I can see some readers who wouldn’t enjoy this type of writing. But he’s worth a try.

What to read next: I’d try more works by Hemingway. I really enjoyed his novella, The Old Man and the Sea.

Challenges: Read ‘n’ Review, Pages Read, 10/10 Challenge, 100+ Challenge, A - Z Challenge, RYOB Challenge

4 comments:

  1. I really enjoy Hemingway's short stories...one of my favorites is "The Short Happy Life of Francis Macomber"

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  2. I have actually never read any Hemingway, though I have always meant to. I think I will probably start by adding one of his novels to my wish list, though I will keep this story collection in mind if after I've had some experience with him. Thanks, Jules for the great review!

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  3. Ive never read Hemmingway and short stories seems like a good way to start. I might see if I can look for this one

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  4. Serena - That one was also a good short story. I have one of his novels, so I'm interested in what one of his longer works are like. Have you ever read any of them?

    Zibilee - I read him for the first time last year, after visiting the cafe where he wrote The Old Man and the Sea (in Cuba) and learned some history about him. I've wanted to read more since then. This winter, I'm going on a cruise, and one of the stops and on shore adventures so to speak is visiting the Hemingway house in Key West, so I want to gobble more of his works up.

    Becky - The short stories are a good way to start, because there's a good variety of stories there to read through.

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