another book by hemingway

imagethe sun also rises (1926) by ernest hemingway is considered one of his greatest works / hemingway’s terse & minimalist style of writing demonstrated in this novel, considered an iconic modernist work, was influential in the development of american short story & fiction writing

hemingway’s style of writing is called  the “iceberg theory” or the “theory of omission” & likely developed because of his early work as a journalist / <he was a foreign correspondent for the toronto star while living in paris inthe 1920s> \ he explains his style of writing:

“I omitted the real end [of “Out of Season”] which was that the old man hanged himself. This was omitted on my new theory that you could omit anything … and the omitted part would strengthen the story.” [from “a moveable feast” ]

“A few things I have found to be true. If you leave out important things or events that you know about, the story is strengthened. If you leave or skip something because you do not know it, the story will be worthless. The test of any story is how very good the stuff that you, not your editors, omit.”  [from “the art of the short story”]

it took me a long time to finish this short novel \ i thought the characters were shallow spoiled brats with no purpose in life, particularly the central female character & object of every male character’s obsession, brett / but the bullfighting ritual described towards the last quarter of the book & the ending redeemed it for me

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