Men Without Women was a milestone in Hemingway's career.
Fiesta had already established him as a novelist of exceptional power, but with these short stories, his second collection, he showed that it is possible, within the space of a few pages, to recreate a scene with absolute truth, bringing to life details observed only by the eye of a uniquely gifted artist.
Hemingway's men are bullfighters and boxers, hired hands and hard drinkers, gangsters and gunmen.
Each of their stories deals with masculine toughness unsoftened by woman's hand.
Incisive, hard-edged, pared down to the bare minimum, they are classic Hemingway territory - they helped establish him as one of the great literary authors of the twentieth century, and one of the best American authors of all time.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 144 pages
- Publisher: Cornerstone
- Publication Date: 01/11/1994
- Category: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)
- ISBN: 9780099909309
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Review by soylentgreen23
I hadn't read much Hemingway in a long time when I found this sitting in a charity shop waiting to be rescued, so I thought why not and gave it a go. I read the first story painfully a couple of weeks ago, and put the book down after it - I'm not one for bull fighting at the best of times so you can imagine how I took to such a fully-developed short story about the sport. But I took it up again today and the rest of the stories didn't take long to work through at all. Hemingway has a keen eye for detail and his dialogue is sometimes of the highest order. I can see the genius in some of what he does, and at other times I can see why the critics attack him.
Review by DRFP
The future influence Hemingway would have seems obvious in this collection. Yet too often many of these stories feel oddly soulless, like they're technical exercises more than anything else. However, the other half of the time Hemingway does manage to nail a mood or a feeling particularly well. For me the collection is split half and half.Personally, I feel Raymond Carver would go on to write in a sparse style much more effective and heartfelt stories about the trouble between men and women. This collection isn't without certain merits but for something similar, but better, I'd prefer to read any Carver collection.
Review by amarendra
It was short. Rough on the edges at times. Not connecting mostly. As if few interrupted conversations where you yourself end it and walk away. Liked the Bullfighter it was most vividly written.