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Half-way through reading Hemmingways collection In Our Time I was interrupted by myroommate George He wanted to know how I liked the story He seems to be very impressedthat Im reading Hemmingway I explained to him that it was in fact not one story but a collectionof short stories He asked if they had a common theme or not and I found it difficult to answerYeas and no I said I then went on to explain that although one character Nick appearedoccasionally the stories didnt flow as one large story Its sort of like a painting I told him Ifyou could pick out any one individual brush-stroke and study it it would be meaningless But ifyou pull back and see all the brush-strokes you can view the painting in its entirety He thoughtthis was very wise and went away contented that I was a literate genius Myself I didnt really know what to gather from the stories Ive never honestly read anyHemmingway previously Ive started to read The Sun Also Rises about ten times and gottenwaylaid by Batman Robert B Parker and the like each time I think I read The Old Man andthe Sea ages ago in high school but it was so long ago that it has slipped completely from mymemory He is one of those authors that I always connect with my father and his college years forsome reason although Im not entirely sure why Ive always wanted to read Hemmingway butIve always wanted to read all of Shakespeare Homer and Eliot tooThe edition Im reading has the short stories separated by Chapters which do and dont tell astory The Chapters strongly remind me of Pink Floyds The Wall I was also surprised at howsimple it is to read them They are perfect examples of how Poe defined the short story quicksometimes powerful and written to evoke one feeling After reading The End of Something forexample I was struck by how easily
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