Posted by: istop4books | February 27, 2009

The Snows of Kilimanjaro by Ernest Hemingway

The Snows of Kilimanjaro and Other Stories (Scribner Classics) The Snows of Kilimanjaro and Other Stories by Ernest Hemingway

My review

rating: 4 of 5 stars
In this very small volume of short stories, Hemingway writes in an almost semi-biographical narrative of life, of death, of relationships, of regret. He seems almost defiant in his narratives, defying the reader to find fault with him, with his characters, with his reasoning. The shorties are short, but several pack a strong punch. It seems that his mortality is a common thread throughout the stories, in some ways with almost a perverse desire to kill or die.

I read this as part of a book club selection and probably rolled my eyes a dozen times in the first 10 pages, ultimately having to go back and reread them. The second time around I captured the nuances that had gone right over my head the first time and found his writing brilliant. His musings on death put me sitting next to him in the African bush. His relationship with his father, poignant.

My favorite quote:

“Now he would never write the things that he had saved to write until he knew enough to write them well. Well, he would not have to fail at trying to write them either. Maybe you could never write them, and that was why you put them off and delayed the starting. Well he would never know, now.”

How many of us have a story in us, which whether for the mass market, or only for our personal diaries, we haven’t put on paper? I know I do.

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