The Snows of Kilimanjaro

The Snows of Kilimanjaro A moving account of regret and redemption as Harry a writer and man in his prime unexpectedly faces death while stranded on the plains of Africa This classic Hemingway short story was originally pub

  • Title: The Snows of Kilimanjaro
  • Author: Ernest Hemingway
  • ISBN: null
  • Page: 170
  • Format: short story
  • A moving account of regret and redemption as Harry, a writer and man in his prime, unexpectedly faces death while stranded on the plains of Africa This classic Hemingway short story was originally published in Esquire magazine in 1936.

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    1. I enjoy reading short stories, either in collections or as stand alones. When I look back at what I have read in the last two years, I notice many books under two hundred pages. Because I have a tendency to go into a proverbial reading slump in between quality novels, these short stories serve the purpose of preventing a slump and keeping my reading mind fresh. As in previous years, a square on classics bingo is to read a classic short story. Having read Hemingway's The Old Man and the Sea last [...]

    2. Yes, I think that this story serves as a moving account of a man who comes to terms with his life as he prepares to die. However, while I hate to sound as repetitive in my reviews of Hemingway as Hemingway sounds in his actual writing, I cannot stand how his protagonists always take out their frustrations on women. As the main character suffers, he calls his partner a "rich bitch" and a "caretaker and destroyer of his talent." I rate Hemingway's work so low because from my perspective, I must po [...]

    3. I had already heard about The Snow…, but as surprising as it may seem, I had no idea of the content of this short story; which is very annoying, because as the story, the time, the characters and the subject of this story are revealed few pages after the beginning, we don’t know who the characters are, or when the story happens. In my humble opinion, before reading a book, you don’t have to know the author, the story he tells, the dates, places, why and how. And in this short story, if we [...]

    4. The Last Thoughts of a Dying Man30 August 2016 - Paris Well, there I was, sitting on a train on the Paris Metro heading towards the first of the cafes (I would call them pubs, but they are not strictly pubs in the Anglo sense of the word) were Ernest Hemmingway would spend his time getting drunk with his literary mates. At the time, I was reading Satre's Men Without Shadows but a part of me felt that if I was going to have a drink at the six cafes that Hemmingway frequented then maybe Hemmingway [...]

    5. The Snows of Kilimanjaro is my first short story read of Hemingway. The story is about a writer who revisits his past on the verge of death. He dwells on the lost opportunities and failed relationships and vents out his frustration on his present wife/girlfriend. The story perhaps has a personal touch of the author's life. The story, however is a little depressing; and my emotions kept on rolling between anger and pity to the main character, Harry - the writer. However, what is irresistible is H [...]

    6. Well, I think the 1 star rating makes it clear that I hate this. Some people call this Hemingway's best work. I think it's a pretentious piece of crap that lacks emotion, a storyline, and decent characters. It is poorly edited and extremely sexist (in the most boring sort of way), and yes, I understand this was a popular failure of men from this time period. It basically hates on women, remarking on their stupidity and worthlessness about every third paragraph. Every second paragraph is endless [...]

    7. It was not her fault that when he went to her he was already over. How could a woman know that you meant nothing that you said; that you spoke only from habit and to be comfortable? He had his life and it was over and then he went on living it again with different people and more money, with the best of the same places, and some new ones.

    8. I must admit it is a bit dark and gloomy, yet I could see the point of it all. The accounts of war have been quite realistic and moving.I also liked the metaphorical ending of it.

    9. 2.5/ me gustó el juego con los narradores y también en cómo estaba escrito. Aún así no me conveció mucho. Espero volver a él en el futuro para tal vez fijarme más en algunos detalles y llevar la lectura con más tranquilidad

    10. This was a very uncomfortable read it shows us how when face with death the nicest we put on can be ripe away and the true person underneath shows its true side.

    11. Interesting story about a man who is about to die due to an accident. He looks back on his life and all the things he could/should have written but didn't.

    12. Regret sucks. That’s essentially what this story is about. It’s also about the Heisenberg Principle. That studying something changes it or, I guess in this case changes the studier. I’m in no way a serious writer, just your typical one-time angsty teenager who took some writing classes and never dropped the notion that maybe I have something to say that matters, and yet I can relate to Harry’s anxiety and pain over all the things he once wanted to write about that he never got around to [...]

    13. 4.5/5"You kept from thinking and it was all marvelous. You were equipped with good insides so that you did not go to pieces that way, the way most of them had, and you made an attitude that you care nothing for the work you used to do, now that you could no longer do it. But, in yourself, you said that you would write about these people; about the very rich; that you were really not one of them but a spy in their country; that you would leave it and write of it and for once it would be written b [...]

    14. Hemingway is forever one of my favorite authors, and these short stories are just as wonderful as anything else I have read by him. Hemingway's writing makes you taste the wine in Paris, feel the heat on the savannah, hear the birdsong and feel every bruise and scrape.My reason for putting this book in the Back to the classic challenge, category: Classic Set in a Place You'd Like to Visit, is the title. I would really like to hike Kilimanjaro, and I have dreamt of a trip to Africa for as long as [...]

    15. I do appreciate the story Hemingway wanted to tell, about the men who lived through one of the worst wars, but died on the inside, and had to go on living like that. However, I can't help but feel dissatisfied with the mechanics of his writing. I think that the way it's written makes the character inaccessible to the reader, and if you can't feel empathy for the character, then the story fails to convey any meaning. I had to research to figure out what he wanted to say, because the story as he w [...]

    16. I don't think that Ernest Hemingway is a writer that I will end up enjoying, even if I read more of his works. Overall, I just did not enjoy this story, but I'm glad that so many people can find meaning in this work!Things I Liked:-I liked Helen, the wife! She seemed like a nice person!-I could definitely appreciate the artistry of how expansive this story was (though I still did not enjoy it, unfortunately)-I liked his writing when he wasn't doing the flashbacks well enough, though I enjoyed th [...]

    17. Read in The Snows of Kilimanjaro, and Other Stories.Synopsis: A man is dying of gangrene while stranded in Africa. A short story about Harry, a man who has regrets as he faces death. Unfortunately, Harry takes his anger and frustrations out on his companion, a woman. The woman, Helen, is trying to take care of him, and wants to avoid quarreling with him. Depressing, but well written.

    18. "After he no longer meant what he said, his lies were more successful with women than whenhe had told them the truth.It was not so much that he lied as that there was no truth to tell. He had had his life and it wasover and then he went on living it again with different people and more money, with the bestof the same places, and some new ones."I never would've thought, upon trying to read The Sun Also Rises all those years ago, but I think I love Ernest Hemingway!!? Maybe because it's so bloody [...]

    19. This is the story of a man who is dying. As I started reading the story, I didn’t like the main character. But further on, I began looking at him in a different way. I cannot imagine how one feels in that situation, but I decided to understand his rage; to follow him in his effort to rip off those lies he had built to live a quiet comfortable life; to reflect upon all the times we betray ourselves and what we believe in to live a quiet comfortable life; and I stopped judging him.

    20. Short but captivating read about guilt, a wasted life and one of the harshest emotion there is - regret. It filled me with a strange and unfamiliar feeling as I identified with the main character as I am sure most of the readers have. I would definitely recommend it both to readers who enjoy Hemingway and his distinct style, and to newcomers as it is a perfect overture to his work and genius.

    21. I think that the description of the writer was amazingly realistic (no joke). Always i had the perception of writers like bitter souls in a pessimistic and terrible world, and a plus to this guy, he married for money. But like every human on this planet, we have contrast. That contrast open the window to redemption. Redemption. At least at the very end of existence.

    22. I fine little story. I was a bit sceptical about the claim that it has a whole novel length of material. It is true. And that is the point of the story: so rushed and condensed. Also the opening is very much to the point.

    23. This book of short stories in interesting, but not great. I enjoyed many of them, and especially for Hemingway's writing style. He takes the reader there and uses the correct terms as he paints the scene. It is worth reading.

    24. It's readable and interesting. The thing is, I don't know how I feel about Hemingway yet. But I needed something more optimistic.I didn't like how Harry blamed Helen for almost everything. And I didn't get the symbol behind the Kilimanjaro. Sad but true.

    25. 'The Snows of Kilimanjaro' is a story about the regrets, reflections and final thoughts of a dying man, who finds it a bit humiliating to die the way he did- sick with gangrene and lying on bed.

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