Tuesday, 8 November 2016

MPOV: Men without women

First published in 1927, Men Without Women represents some of Hemingway's most important and compelling early writing. In these fourteen stories, Hemingway begins to examine the themes that would occupy his later works: the casualties of war, the often uneasy relationship between men and women, sport and sportsmanship. In "Banal Story," Hemingway offers a lasting tribute to the famed matador Maera. "In Another Country" tells of an Italian major recovering from war wounds as he mourns the untimely death of his wife. "The Killers" is the hard-edged story about two Chicago gunmen and their potential victim. Nick Adams makes an appearance in "Ten Indians," in which he is presumably betrayed by his Indian girlfriend, Prudence. And "Hills Like White Elephants" is a young couple's subtle, heartwrenching discussion of abortion. Pared down, gritty, and subtly expressive, these stories show the young Hemingway emerging as America's finest short story writer.

The above taken from Goodreads.

This book contained some short stories written by Ernest Hemingway hence I expected a speedy read. Unfortunately, it turned out to be unexpectedly bland for me and I just couldn't get it. By chapter 6, I have given up... definitely not my cup of tea, sorry Hemingway's fans. I won't elaborate much since I totally don't understand it nor get it. However one thing is for sure, he wrote very well... simple prose with easy linguistic like day to day conversation.

My rating: 2/5
Goodreads rating: 3.7/5

Author: Ernest Hemingway
Genre: short stories, classic fiction, literature

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