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Half-way through reading Hemmingways collection In Our Time I was interrupted by my roommate George He wanted to know how I liked the story He seems to be very impressed that Im reading Hemmingway I explained to him that it was in fact not one story but a collection of short stories He asked if they had a common theme or not and I found it difficult to answer Yeas and no I said I then went on to explain that although one character Nick appeared occasionally the stories didnt flow as one large story Its sort of like a painting I told him If you could pick out any one individual brush-stroke and study it it would be meaningless But if you pull back and see all the brush-strokes you can view the painting in its entirety He thought this 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 any Hemmingway previously Ive started to read The Sun Also Rises about ten times and gotten waylaid by Batman Robert B Parker and the like each time I think I read The Old Man and the Sea ages ago in high school but it was so long ago that it has slipped completely from my memory He is one of those authors that I always connect with my father and his college years for some reason although Im not entirely sure why Ive always wanted to read Hemmingway but Ive 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 a story The Chapters strongly remind me of Pink Floyds The Wall I was also surprised at how simple it is to read them They are perfect examples of how Poe defined the short story quick sometimes powerful and written
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