You can start anywhere and go anywhere. I would recommend starting with his novels and of those the ones that were published in his lifetime. In my experience A Farewell to Arms is the worst received of his novels so maybe start somewhere else.
Just today I finished A Farewell to Arms and loved it. Hemmingway's writing feels so casual, he seems to enjoy letting you figure out how characters are feeling through what they're looking at or what they're doing rather than through dialogue or the narrator.
I'm definitely going to read some more of his, I only wanted to show that A Farewell to Arms is as sufficient a start as any.
>>7656686 I second this. By far the most disappointing author I've read. Conceptually, his writing isn't very clever and the prose isn't even good. I could suffer a poor novel with beautiful prose but he doesn't even have that.
>>7656736 >the prose isn't even good Or you've weak faculties for recognizing such things. His prose is highly influential for a reason. > "Ay ," he said aloud. There is no translation for this word and perhaps it is just a noise such as a man might make, involuntarily, feeling the nail go through his hands and into the wood.
>>7656748 >highly influential for a reason. Probably because most people are absolute plebs. Harry Potter is highly influential too. Get out of here. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Argumentum_ad_populum
>>7656759 >Harry Potter is highly influential too But is it highly influential to important artists? You're comparing someone whose fiction has influenced nearly every major English writer since 1930 to JK Rowling, how desperate can you get? Get out of here. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Argument_from_fallacy
>>7656748 >> "Ay ," he said aloud. There is no translation for this word and perhaps it is just a noise such as a man might make, involuntarily, feeling the nail go through his hands and into the wood.
Literally garbage compared to any real patrician authors. Here's some Melville.
>With halting steps I paced the streets, and passed the sign of "The Crossed Harpoons"- but it looked too expensive and jolly there. Further on, from the bright red windows of the "Sword-Fish Inn," there came such fervent rays, that it seemed to have melted the packed snow and ice from before the house, for everywhere else the congealed frost lay ten inches thick in a hard, asphaltic pavement,- rather weary for me, when I struck my foot against the flinty projections, because from hard, remorseless service the soles of my boots were in a most miserable plight. Too expensive and jolly, again thought I, pausing one moment to watch the broad glare in the street, and hear the sounds of the tinkling glasses within.
>>7656769 >it's influential in america because it was in society's interests to have people write simple, unaesthetic writing. You seem to lack basic knowledge of history.His work has also been influential in Britain btw >>7656774 I could say literally garbage and post some Shakespeare, you're literally spewing sophism. You can't even articulate your reasons, you just post a paragraph and say it's self evident that, since melville is better, hemingway is bad.
>>7656782 why do you think "business writing" is taught with increasing frequency in high school/college now? time spent contemplating art and aesthetics is time spent not working and producing.
also cause most people simply aren't interested in complicated/sophisticated prose. having to "waste time" parsing writing is highly undesirable these days. whereas in the old days, it was expected for a reader to put in the effort to understanding writing, it's now the onus of the writer/speaker/presenter to make his content accessible to the lowest possible denominator.
t. someone shitposting at work while working in corporate america
>>7656787 >You can't even articulate your reasons, you just post a paragraph and say it's self evident >Or you've weak faculties for recognizing such things. His prose is highly influential for a reason. Nice double standard bro.
>>7656800 You're the one with the outrageous assertion that one of the most highly regarded writers of the 20th century, praised by everyone from Faulkner to even Nabokov and Joyce, is worthless. I'd say the burden of proof is on you, senpai
>>7656787 >since melville is better, hemingway is bad There are superior authors more worth the time, yet he is held by many on the same level - I found him disappointing and vastly overrated. That is an absolutely legitimate opinion, it doesn't mean hurr durr I just don't understand him. His writing is very basic in comparison to many.
>>7656813 Even if I, unknown and unpublished, rewrote Old Man and the Sea, the prose would be orders of magnitude above Hemingway's rendition. He also fails to meet many opportunities in elaborating with deeper meanings and metaphors which in addition would greatly appreciate the work. Sorry but he just sucks.
>>7656774 Having read that quote I will never touch any 'Melville'. That is total fucking wank. Where's the psychology? What does that say about how we live and think? Jesus christ you are a pleb. Just because something sounds pretty doesn't mean it is saying anything. It's the same conundrum with pop music. It sounds nice at first listen but it's fucking wank when you drill down.
>>7656841 He does not fail to meet opportunities to actively present "deeper meaning". He actively, and with great deliberation and intention avoids these opportunities altogether. Now, this may or may not be appropriately criticized as a method of writing in its own right, but to say he "fails" at it is incorrect.
fuck I always come into these threads late. I am a massive Hemingway fanboy, not because 'muh guns and fishing,' but because he writes about relationships in such a heartbreaking style. Plus it's realistic.
THE FIRST FORTY-NINE STORIES THE SUN ALSO RISES A MOVEABLE FEAST
CONGRATULATIONS YOU'VE READ ALL THE HEMINGWAY WORTH READING.
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