A Clean Well Lighted Place

A Clean Well Lighted Place A Clean Well Lighted Place is a short story by American author Ernest Hemingway first published in Scribner s Magazine in it was also included in his collection Winner Take Nothing James J

  • Title: A Clean Well Lighted Place
  • Author: Ernest Hemingway
  • ISBN: 9780886823450
  • Page: 457
  • Format: Hardcover
  • A Clean, Well Lighted Place is a short story by American author Ernest Hemingway, first published in Scribner s Magazine in 1933 it was also included in his collection Winner Take Nothing 1933.James Joyce once remarked He Hemingway has reduced the veil between literature and life, which is what every writer strives to do Have you read A Clean Well Lighted Place A Clean, Well Lighted Place is a short story by American author Ernest Hemingway, first published in Scribner s Magazine in 1933 it was also included in his collection Winner Take Nothing 1933.James Joyce once remarked He Hemingway has reduced the veil between literature and life, which is what every writer strives to do Have you read A Clean Well Lighted Place It is masterly Indeed, it is one of the best short stories ever written

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    • Ernest Hemingway

      Ernest Miller Hemingway was an American author and journalist His economical and understated style had a strong influence on 20th century fiction, while his life of adventure and his public image influenced later generations Hemingway produced most of his work between the mid 1920s and the mid 1950s, and won the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1954 He published seven novels, six short story collections and two non fiction works Three novels, four collections of short stories and three non fiction works were published posthumously Many of these are considered classics of American literature.Hemingway was raised in Oak Park, Illinois After high school he reported for a few months for The Kansas City Star, before leaving for the Italian front to enlist with the World War I ambulance drivers In 1918, he was seriously wounded and returned home His wartime experiences formed the basis for his novel A Farewell to Arms In 1922, he married Hadley Richardson, the first of his four wives The couple moved to Paris, where he worked as a foreign correspondent, and fell under the influence of the modernist writers and artists of the 1920s Lost Generation expatriate community The Sun Also Rises, Hemingway s first novel, was published in 1926.After his 1927 divorce from Hadley Richardson, Hemingway married Pauline Pfeiffer They divorced after he returned from Spanish Civil War where he had acted as a journalist, and after which he wrote For Whom the Bell Tolls Martha Gellhorn became his third wife in 1940 They separated when he met Mary Welsh in London during World War II during which he was present at the Normandy Landings and liberation of Paris.Shortly after the publication of The Old Man and the Sea in 1952, Hemingway went on safari to Africa, where he was almost killed in two plane crashes that left him in pain or ill health for much of the rest of his life Hemingway had permanent residences in Key West, Florida, and Cuba during the 1930s and 1940s, but in 1959 he moved from Cuba to Ketchum, Idaho, where he committed suicide in the summer of 1961.

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    • What did he fear? It was not a fear or dread. It was a nothing that he knew too well. It was all a nothing and man was a nothing too.An old man drinking alone. A man that won't leave, a young waiter in a hurry to go home to his wife and another waiter. It is as simple as that. The complexity that left me stunned lies beneath that simple plot that unfolds with the help of Hemingway's characteristic style. And, once more, the economy of words cannot tame the torrent of emotions that can take over [...]


    • Does Hemingway's writing still have power? Can it still move us or does it seem hopelessly stilted and dated? I'd begun to wonder that lately so I picked up this short story andwow. The rhythm of Hemingway's descriptive language is masterful, his sentences like little incantations, and while the dialog might seem a bit stylized--you can't quite imagine people talking this way--it has a unique spare beauty to it nonetheless, like a stylized church painting. There's so much bound up in this story- [...]


    • "A Clean, Well Lighted Place" is absolutely the best short story of all time, and the greatest thing I have ever read. I know that's a big statement but I really believe it to be utterly perfect. It's one of the most heartbreaking, intimate stories I've ever read and it captures a lifetime of humility, loneliness, and our ability as humans to be both the source of pain and salvation for each other - all in 3 pages. It will stay with you forever.


    • A solid short story that addresses suicide, aging, and the importance of having a purpose in one's life. As you can discern from my reviews over the past couple of months, I have a lot of problems with Hemingway and his writing. However, I appreciate that he tackles difficult topics in a way that confronts the darkest aspects of the human experience. His work, including this story, emphasizes the importance of mental well-being, of connecting with one another's hardships and humanity. I hope we [...]



    • Perfect three pages.Simple yet deep. But a few pages filled with loneliness, humanity, depression, empathy and indifference . the impatience of youth and the small things that make an otherwise meaningless life still worth living. Classic, nostalgic, moving . almost lyrical.


    • Something very moving caught my attention as I was starting to read this: a small black ant crawling along the edges of the book. My first thought was: murder, I've got to kill this thing: and my favorite method of extinguishing the life of trespassing attention-getters like this is to place them somewhere in the middle of the open book, close the book, pound it with a fist as it lays on the table, then open it again on the page where they met their end and look to see how they'd appear to subse [...]


    • "A Clean, Well-Lighted Place" is one of my favourite short stories by Hemingway. A story about three men at different states of their lives; two waiters of a cafe (one young, one older) and an old man as a customer. The old man is living in a state of despair and loneliness, having recently attempted suicide. The younger waiter is insensitive to this and just wants the old man to leave. He himself has "everything": youth, confidence, a job and a wife. He does not realize that not everybody has t [...]


    • James Joyce once remarked: "Hemingway has reduced the veil between literature and life, which is what every writer strives to do."



    • Analysis of the two major characters in A Clean, Well-Lighted Place by Ernest Hemingway (DOES contain spoilers) One of the major and most ostensible distinctions between the two major characters (the two waiters) in Hemingway’s short story is the age difference. One of the waiters is “younger” and the other is “older”, probably a middle-aged man. They are both keeping watch of their last customer, an old man who drinks to excess, and discussing the fact that he had tried to commit suic [...]



    • I don't know why I don't read more Hemingway. I'm left stunned every time I finish his work. The depths he manages to explore with his economy of words is legendary and he's done it again here, maybe better than he has in any other of his short stories.


    • مقهى و ثلاث أشخاص، في ثلاث مراحل عمرية يمثلون التدرج من الشغف بالحياة إلى التعقل والتفهم ومن ثم إلى وحدة الشيخوخة


    • The image of despair, loneliness, youth, old age, humility and reflection. Came through in such short pages. explaining the deep need of humanity to find hope, purpose and need in a state of despair and loneliness. the old man found it in the end of a glass of brandy, meanwhile the older waiter found it in becoming an aid of hope by worrking at night in a well lighted place to his preference a cafe. identifying himself with the old. man's ordeal. he defends him from the young waiters perspective [...]


    • I've always had a nagging thought that short stories were a cop-out for an author of novels - a bit like a media article compared to a journal article or a monograph for an academic. This particular short story seems to have been popular for its treatment of the Lord's Prayer, but I am spellbound by Hemingway's ability to shake loose a raft of emotions in such a short space. Maybe it is his self-centredness I identify with - I am not sure - but I seem to be able to identify with all of the chara [...]


    • I like to read this story with my Introduction to Literature students and then ask them which character they identify with best; the old drunk man, the older waiter, or the young waiter. I think the character you pick is fairly telling about your time and place in life. I tend towards the younger waiter--I always feel like I can't wait to go away from work in order to live my real life. But I love the treatment given to the older waiter in the end, when he goes away from the diner in quiet refle [...]


    • This will have me looking at those late-night tables who come in moments before we close a bit differently from now on.


    • Deep and meaningful, Hemingway writes a great short story that has many questions and indeed a lot to think about


    • Well there is nothing in this story that is praiseworthy or anything unique. Its just story about nothingness and how there is nothing in this world.The text level was fine, then concept was just very lame and didn't develop at all and characters were few and fine and there is nothing nice about this story.



    • A very brief but powerful short story. I think it speaks about loneliness. Probably about other things too, but I haven't re-read it enough


    • It rips my heart with few, simple words. What more can I ask?Here is the thing about A Clean, Well Lighted Place: it is a snippet. It is the conversation you might be having or hearing, it is the bits and pieces of life and it never tries to make dramatized story or even a structurized narrative out of it. It doesn't try to be a well-plotted story. What it wants to be (and succeeds at it): it is the window through a simple, yet tragic ordinary life of men. (Or you can argue that it is the window [...]


    • A Clean Well Lighted Place still leaves me pondering upon the third read. Which is kind of a good thing.This must be Hemingway at his best. The extreme minimalism could not be better suited than to this really short story, which is read in few minutes, but for now, at least, remains with me. Should it not, however, I will remind myself of the story about an old, deaf, lonely, suicidal man who gets himself drunk in this clean well lighted café. Young waiter is anything but pleased, and starts in [...]


    • A sad and depressing story of three different types of men. The one that has drink, the one that owns a cafe and the one that has a family. Usually men have all of them in one life, but this story tells of those who only have one, and how much they value them.Suicide, money and drink usually come together when there is talk about depressing times. Simply it is just the way it works, when we are talking about men; women are on a completely different level, sometimes. The title of this short story [...]


    • This is the first work by Hemingway that I read and it is also my favorite. What I really liked was the use of setting, the three characters that portray three phases of life, and a problem that describes the human condition. I also enjoyed the "play" on the Lord's Prayer and Hail Mary at the end of the story. I enjoy stories written by the Lost Generation, as many of them captured the particular moment in history when humans were very vulnerable. Hemingway captured that moment very precisely an [...]


    • "Some lived in it and never felt it but he knew it all was nada y pues nada y nada ypues nada. Our nada who art in nada, nada be thy name thy kingdom nada thywill be nada in nada as it is in nada. Give us this nada our daily nada and nada usour nada as we nada our nadas and nada us not into nada but deliver us fromnada; pues nada."


    • A short but interesting read. The illusion of immortality as I call it. While we are young and have time on our side, we feel we are invincible. We have a purpose, while others (older people who can be a source of annoyance at times) don't. Hemmingway talks about how in the end we are all going to be the same - nothing. only those who are closer to death, feel that despair, that nothingness.


    • Obviously with a high average rating, I'm missing something. I'm not a big fan of Hemingway overall, but I thought the short story was pretty decent. I can see the symbolism and parallels between the old man and the waiter, but the story didn't move me.


    • This is amazing. No one can ever reach this depth in characterizing the human loneliness and despair like Hemingway does.Some men grow older with comfort. And some just go from nada to nada to nada.


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