There's something about Ernest Hemingway. I keep returning to his books. All the things that I don't like about his writing are all the things that I really like. Everything is so pared down, there's nothing extra. Sometimes, things are very subtle that I almost miss his point entirely. This book of short stories is very short, but I had to re-read several of them just so I understood, and there's still probably more that I missed. Men Without Women covers a lot of the same ground of his novels... there's the bull-fighting, and the boxing. There's the relationships between men and women, there's the effect of war, of being too old. I'm constantly surprised how well Hemingway pulls off heart-wrenching and emotional with so few words. I can't say that I had a favourite out of the short stories, but when I was finished, I almost felt exhausted.
I always felt like Hemingway was an author I 'should' read after reading The Old Man and the Sea and A Moveable Feast in high school, and it was many years ago now that someone gave me a collection of his works as a gift. And they sat on my shelves for years and years, untouched. Then I read A Farewell to Arms. And then Fiesta: The Sun Also Rises. And now Men Without Women. And I can't help myself, I really want to read everything else now.
Any other Hemingway fans out there? What do you suggest I read next?