Thursday, October 21, 2010

Hemingway: Men Without Women...

I read Heminway's Men Without Women today, it is a novella sized book of short stories, my favorite being "A Canary for One". In it there are bull fighting, fishing, war and love stories. They are beautifully brief, they sketch moments and small periods of time - a train ride or a conversation in a cafe - with an elegant conciseness that is compelling and complex.

This is my fifth Hemingway book (and I tried to read Death in the Afternoon, but it is just about bull fights and was too much for me) and I find that his work in general is solid but with warmth, he is a boxer, fisherman, hunter, bull fight lover and decorated solider; but he has compassion, he is reflective, observant and conscientious. I enjoyed sweeping though this little book of short stories in a day and meeting new Hemingway characters that he gives legs and eyes, sweat and fears, he makes them flesh. Such a wonderful writer, such a sad decline in alcoholism and depression; strangely his father and two siblings also committed suicide as well as a grand daughter.

Hemingway was also awarded a Nobel Prize for Literature in 1954, the year after Sir Winston Churchill received it for Literature, still the only British Prime Minister to get one for Litertaure.

1 comment:

  1. I hadn't heard of Men Without Women before either. But I'm glad I got around to reading it. Now on to more Hemingway, I think... :)

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