| (4 Jan 2012)|
|Hemingway's short stories are able to capture our imagination in unforgettable ways. I often think of a scene from the Nick Adams stories when Nick, as a boy, tries to use a salamander for fishing bait. He describes how the salamander's fingers wrap around the hook, and the animal looks at him as it takes its last breath. Nick is unable to use these lizards for bait again. |
The majority of the stories take place during wartime, and as with the salamander, we see all the ugliness that is war. So this is, by no means, a light read. But as writers, we certainly can learn a lot from Hemingway, one of the all-time classics for realism and soul-searching narration.