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In Our Time

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15 short stories by Hemingway with vignettes serving as interchapters, published in the U.S. in 1925. in our time (Paris, 1924) contains only the vignettes. Most stories treat life in the Middle West, but the interpolated sketches describe war in Europe and bullfights.

“Indian Camp,” “The Doctor and the Doctor's Wife,” “The Three Day Blow,” and others tell of the boyhood experiences of Nick, the author's counterpart, who grew up in the Great Lakes region, learning the bitter as well as the beautiful facts of existence through the work of his father, a physician, and through his association with Indian guides and their families. Such stories as “Mr. and Mrs. Elliot,” “Out of Season,” and “Cross Country Snow” are brief, poignant tales of American expatriates in Europe and their complex loves and friendships. “My Old Man” is the story of a boy's loyalty to his father, an American jockey forced to work in Europe because of unsportsmanlike conduct at home, and of the boy's disillusion following his father's death. The author's enthusiasm for sport and the American wilderness is shown in “Big Two-Hearted River,” an account of a trout-fishing expedition.

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Ernest Hemingway (1899—1961) American novelist, short-story writer, and journalist