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Beginning December 19, 2009, Books 'N Border Collies will be posting but only intermittently while I pursue personal goals. I plan to share some reading I'm doing, but there will be no reviews. I will, however, be sharing my exploration of vegetarian cooking and the cookbooks and websites I use to educate myself. I hope you enjoy it!


Friday, November 21, 2008


by Ernest Hemingway

"Up In Michigan" is a three-page story about a crush a woman has on one of the men in a tiny rural town. One night the man gets very drunk, and he takes advantage of her confused emotions.

This is one of those stories that reminds me why I've not been a fan of short stories. It's like a minor scene that needs more . . . something. But then again, I feel that way about a lot of short stories. I openly admit to my failings as a short story reader. However, I think anyone who has had an -- encounter, shall we call it? -- an encounter that ended with feelings of sadness and smallness and bewilderment will admit a stab of heartache even while asking themselves, "So, now what?" Hmmm. Perhaps it doesn't need that something after all.

If I'm not mistaken, this was Hemingway's very first published story, so it probably wasn't the best place to start. But I will continue exploring his work in the future, both novels and short stories, and see where it takes me.


Anonymous said...

You know, I don't think I've read any of Hemingway's work, but I have heard that his short stories are better than his novels.

Lezlie said...

Bermudaonion ~ I'll investigate that claim for you as I read more of his work. So far, the score would be Novels-1, Stories-0. :-)