A strikingly original collection of short stories and accompanying vignettes that marked Ernest Hemingway’s American debut.
When In Our Time was first published in 1925, it was widely praised for its simple and precise use of language to convey a wide range of complex emotions, and earned Hemingway a place among the most promising American writers of that period. In Our Time contains several early Hemingway classics, including the famous Nick Adams stories “Indian Camp” and “The Three Day Blow,” and introduces readers to the hallmarks of the Hemingway style: a lean, tough prose, enlivened by an ear for the colloquial and an eye for the realistic. His writing suggests, through the simplest of statements, a sense of moral value and a clarity of vision.
Now recognized as one of the most important short story collections of twentieth-century literature, In Our Time provides key insights into Hemingway’s later works.
A very interesting book. I have never read anything like it. Good and bad, altogether…Hemingway.
If you think you don't like Hemingway...
…it's probably because someone made you read something of his other than *this* first. Read In Our Time and you'll understand how his writing works: think of a writer with a heart and voice battered by a truly horrific war.
Yes. I generally do not enjoy Hemingway, but this is a great read. The interface between the war stories (told in italics) juxtaposed between the "straight" stories, told in normal font, is truly jarring. This collection of short stories, tempered by a mind constantly boggled by, and tethered to, WW1, is a great feat of literary virtuosity not commonly attributed to Hemingway. It makes sense if the stories are read as a whole, not separately. As complex, and perhaps Pomo, as Calvino, if read with an open mind. If you only read one book by Ernest, let it be this!