Deal Me In Reading Challenge: I drew the nine of spades.
Story: The Snows of Kilimanjaro, by Ernest Hemingway (available online here)
Comments: I’ve never been able to get into Hemingway in the past, but I loved this story. As Harry lies stranded in Africa with a gangrenous leg, awaiting rescue or death, whichever comes first, he reflects on his life, his wasted writing talent, the events that have shaped him, his loves and losses, the violence that he has seen, the beauty and the grossness of the world, the women he has loved or claimed to love… and he talks and quarrels with Helen, his current female companion who is with him and cares for him as they wait for the rescue plane.
The denouement is wonderful.
I definitely want to read this story again. Some commentaries that I’ve seen have been very harsh on Harry, but I didn’t read it that way. Of course, we have only Harry’s word for his account of how he has lived his life, how he has treated people, how he has wasted his talent… how do we verify any of what he is saying? Most interesting.