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Personal logo Editor in Chief Bill The Editor of TMP Fezian25 Oct 2021 9:56 p.m. PST

Which Ernest Hemingway novel would you recommend the most?

Martin Rapier25 Oct 2021 11:51 p.m. PST

I don't know if it his best, but I loved Farewell to Arms.

Son of Liberty26 Oct 2021 3:18 a.m. PST

I wouldn't.

pzivh43 Supporting Member of TMP26 Oct 2021 4:33 a.m. PST

The Old Man and the Sea.

Oddball26 Oct 2021 5:03 a.m. PST

I've always been a fan of "For Whom The Bells Toll", now later in life I see the struggles more clearly in "Old Man and the Sea".

Healthy tip of the hat to "Farewell to Arms".

Not a novel, but a great story is "The Short Happy Life of Francis Macomber".

Hemingway is my favorite American writer, even if his work shows signs of being a commie at times. Heard him once described as "The perfect American author – Fat, Drunk and Violent".

I have been referred to in the same way.

Shagnasty Supporting Member of TMP26 Oct 2021 8:08 a.m. PST

I would recommend "The Old Man And The Sea." It is a great distillation of Hemingway's themes.

cfielitz26 Oct 2021 8:21 a.m. PST

The Old Man And The Sea

79thPA Supporting Member of TMP26 Oct 2021 8:30 a.m. PST

Don't know if I would. I read some of his works in college and I would put him in the "overrated" category. If I was forced to pick one, I would say "The Old Man and the Sea." His old house in Havana is mildly interesting if you ever make it that way.

robert piepenbrink Supporting Member of TMP26 Oct 2021 9:33 a.m. PST

Novels? Seriously? None. For short stories, the aforementioned "Short, Happy Life of Francis Macomber" "The Undefeated" and "The Denunciation." On his good days--before all his stories had to be about Hemingway--he was a decent second-tier short story writer.

sixlasers26 Oct 2021 9:34 a.m. PST

The Sun Also Rises.

William Warner26 Oct 2021 11:38 a.m. PST

For Whom the Bell Tolls, probably because it's about one of my favorite periods.

4DJones26 Oct 2021 11:42 a.m. PST

'A Moveable Feast' … Well, it may as well be a novel.

Old Contemptible26 Oct 2021 4:49 p.m. PST

The Sun Also Rises

JimSelzer27 Oct 2021 9:51 p.m. PST

Old Man and the Sea

CeruLucifus29 Oct 2021 10:29 a.m. PST

None at this time.

I guess his work might be worth a second look. I did book reports on his work in high school and never developed a taste. Maybe 40 years later I'll find more to it. I was always impressed by his stylistic tour de force, the short story "Hills like White Elephants".

Raymond Chandler's Philip Marlowe on Hemingway:

"Listen, Hemingway, don't repeat everything I say,' I said.

"Who is this Hemingway person at all?"
"A guy that keeps saying the same thing over and over until you begin to believe it must be good."
Farewell My Lovely

79thPA Supporting Member of TMP31 Oct 2021 8:06 a.m. PST

Funny. I like Chandler.

regia marina15 Nov 2021 5:23 p.m. PST

The Sun Also Rises

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