What are the best books by Ernest Hemingway?

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    #1The Old Man and the Sea

    The Old Man and the Sea

    The Old Man and the Sea tells the story of an old Cuban fisherman named Santiago and his supreme ordeal with a giant marlin far out in the Gulf Stream. It was the last major work of fiction to be produced by Hemingway. 

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    Virginia Fisher
    Written on March 23, 2018
    "Ernest Hemingway was a master of brevity, and this is one of his best. You can tell he was getting to the end of his life based on the way he writes about things, and it's a genuinely moving tale."
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    #2A Farewell To Arms

    A Farewell To Arms
    A Farewell to Arms is a novel by Ernest Hemingway. Set in Italy during the First World War, it tells the story of Frederic Henry, an American in the ambulance corps of the Italian army, and his relationship with a British nurse.
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    Rachel Morrison
    Written on April 15, 2018
    "My favorite Hemingway book! This is a classic and a much read for Hemingway fans. Compelling characters and story that keeps you reading until you're finished!"
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    #3For Whom the Bell Tolls

    For Whom the Bell Tolls
    For Whom the Bell Tolls is a book by Ernest Hemingway. Widely regarded as his greatest masterpiece, it tells the story of Robert Jordan, an American who fought with leftist guerrillas during the Spanish Revolution in the 1930s.
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    Charles Dunn
    Written on April 23, 2018
    "It is hard to leave this book out of any list of classics. Hemingway's really captured the essence of his story in this novel and this classic should be on the must read list of practically anyone who is interested in great American writers. Highest marks."
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    #4A Moveable Feast

    A Moveable Feast

    A Moveable Feast tells the story of American author Ernest Hemingway when he was young in Paris during the 1920s. It also shows his apprenticeship as a young writer while he was married to his first wife, Hadley Richardson. 

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    Jerry Miller
    Written on March 17, 2018
    "This is a classic. It is rich in words and imagery. I love most of what Hemingway wrote and this is no exception. You can read it again and again. It is a feast of words for your soul. Everyone should have it on their bookshelf."
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    #5The Garden of Eden

    The Garden of Eden
    The Garden of Eden centers around American writer David Bourne and his bride Catherine who met a girl named Marita while on their honeymoon on the French Riviera. This is the last uncompleted novel of Ernest Hemingway. 
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    Martha Murray
    Written on March 13, 2018
    "This book is a classic and as it still is. I'm very pleased with the merchant as well. it came in perfect condition will order more for my students. "
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    #6The Dangerous Summer

    The Dangerous Summer

    The Dangerous Summer is Ernest Hemingway's first-hand experience of the brutal season of bullfights telling the exhausting pace and pressure of it, the camaraderie and pride of the matadors.

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    Gerardo de la Torre
    Written on March 24, 2018
    "The Dangerous Summer might not be Hemingway's best work, in my opinion, but it's a very good book nonetheless. His storytelling is so vivid I could almost feel like I was there alongside other bullfighters."
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    #7Across the River and into the Trees

    Across the River and into the Trees

    Across the River and into the Trees is about the story of war-ravaged American colonel Richard Cantwell who was stationed in Italy at the close of the Second World War and his love for a young Italian countess. 

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    Judy Ryan
    Written on March 19, 2018
    "The story was a wonderful anti-war novel and well written. The author deliberate painful truths, and he attempted to do so with a style of writing. In some places the sentences have lifeless with little meaning."
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    #8Islands in the Stream

    Islands in the Stream

    Islands in the Stream tells the story of American painter Thomas Hudson living on the Gulf Stream island of Bimini during the World War II where he was visited by his three sons during as part of their vacation. 

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    Echo Xia
    Written on April 17, 2018
    "Islands in the Stream is a good book. I will not say great, because Hemingway has definitely written better. But, this book held my interest, and the characters were fun to study. It did get tedious in spots, but it is still a solid book to read."
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    #9The Torrents of Spring

    The Torrents of Spring

    The Torrents of Spring is a playful look in the Chicago school of literature among the lives of writers, which offers a rare glimpse into Ernest Hemingway's early career as a storyteller and stylist.

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    Christopher Dunn
    Written on April 16, 2018
    "The Torrents of Spring is just about my favorite book, and is definitely one of the best by Hemingway. I highly recommend reading it. "
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    #10Green Hills of Africa

    Green Hills of Africa

    Green Hills of Africa is the lyrical journal of Ernest Hemingway's one month stay on a safari in the country of East Africa, where he and his wife Pauline journeyed in December 1933, which shows his interest and fascination on hunting. 

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    Phillip Brown
    Written on March 13, 2018
    "I own the hard cover because Hemingway is one of my favorite writers. Green Hills of Africa details all about how he went to Africa and hunted big game back in the 30s. I love reading this when I need something adventurous"
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    #11True At First Light

    True At First Light

    True At First Light is about the author Ernest Hemingway and his 1953–54 East African safari with his fourth wife Mary. He also shares his exploits sometimes hilarious and poignant interaction among the African men.

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    Ajay Jaiteley
    Written on March 22, 2018
    "True At First Light is one of the best books written by the genius Ernest Hemingway. Anyone who is an avid fan of Hemingway needs to read this book that takes place in the mid 1950s. Purchase this book today and go to another time! You will not regret this purchase!"
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    #12The Complete Short Stories of Ernest Hemingway

    The Complete Short Stories of Ernest Hemingway

    This is a definitive collection of Ernest Hemingway's short stories such as his most beloved classics like The Snows of Kilimanjaro, Hills Like White Elephants, and A Clean, Well-Lighted Place. 

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    Jacqueline Shaw
    Written on March 31, 2018
    "I read "A Clean, Well Lighted Place" while in college, as it was one of my favorite short stories that I have studied from Hemingway, and was told by my professor of this book based on the many short stories that he has written in his life. This body of work embodies the very colorful and vicarious life that Hemingway lead throughout his life, and it is felt throughout the short stories conveyed in this book. Stories like "In Our Time," and "The Nick Adams Story" stand the test of time. "
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    #13The Essential Hemingway

    The Essential Hemingway

    The Essential Hemingway brings together a wide selection of Ernest Hemingway's works, providing the perfect introduction to his extensive writing. This also includes his works such as Fiesta, A Farewell to Arms, and To Have and Have Not.

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    Ralph Stephens
    Written on March 26, 2018
    "It looks like it has some of the best work by this author."
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    #14Dateline: Toronto

    Dateline: Toronto

    Dateline: Toronto is a collection of the stories by Ernest Hemingway when he wrote as a stringer and later staff writer and foreign correspondent for the Toronto Star between 1920 and 1924.

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    Mark Carroll
    Written on March 15, 2018
    "One of the best books by Ernest Hemingway is Dateline: Toronto. The book is a collection of stories by Hemingway, while he worked for the Toronto Star as a stringer and foreign correspondent between 1920 and 1924. For fans of the writer, this book is one for the collection."
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    #15The Fifth Column and Four Stories of The Spanish Civil War

    The Fifth Column and Four Stories of The Spanish Civil War
    The Fifth Column and Four Stories of The Spanish Civil War is a play by the acclaimed writer, Ernest Hemingway, first published in 1938. Drawing from his own experiences during the war, Hemingway writes about war-torn Madrid.
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    Anna Ray
    Written on April 28, 2018
    "This read was just okay. I am not a very interested reader of history and war. However, this book gives insight from the writer, how he see's the effects of war on civilians and soldiers. I used it as a comparison of the actions of those I know that served in the war to see if I found any similarities."

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Best What are the best books by Ernest Hemingway
RankSolutionsTypeVotesPrice
1The Old Man and the SeaBooks 18 Paid
2A Farewell To ArmsBooks 15 Paid
3For Whom the Bell TollsBooks 15 Paid
4A Moveable FeastBooks 14 Paid
5The Garden of EdenBooks 12 Paid
6The Dangerous SummerBooks 10 Paid
7Across the River and into the TreesBooks 10 Paid
8Islands in the StreamBooks 8 Paid
9The Torrents of SpringBooks 7 Paid
10Green Hills of AfricaBooks 7 Paid
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