Saturday, October 29, 2011

Review of Men Without Women

Men Without WomenMen Without Women by Ernest Hemingway

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is a great collection by a true master observer of life in his era. While many view the the "Roaring 20s" as a good time for all, Hemingway introduces us to the real folk who struggle with real life. For most of the characters in these stories, it's about circumstances driving choices with a form of accountability at the end. In many cases however, we are simply given to react our environment and the people in our lives. Still, there are those blasted choices, even from long ago, that shape our present world.

This was a great read for an angry young man who needed to understand that life happens with or without our input and that accountability always comes whether now or much later. I'd recommend this for anyone who wants to explore real people from just after America's previous turn-of-the-century, or for anyone who feels they are at a crossroads. You won't find great answers to life's mysteries but you may find some tools to use when you take a moment to reflect on the choices made and the road you're walking.

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