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Ernest Hemingway: The Snows of Kilimanjaro

Deal Me In 2020 – Week 15

… as he looked and saw her well known pleasant smile, he felt death come again. This time there was no rush. It was a puff, as of a wind that makes a candle flicker and the flame go tall.

No one hones in on death like Ernest Hemingway. His hyper-masculinity is as toxic as the gangrene of the writer protagonist in his short story “The Snows of Kilimanjaro”. He doesn’t cheapen anything as grandiose as death with emotions. But the emotions are there under the surface. Cliche I know. They’re buried in the memories of Paris. They had Paris. Someone always has Paris.

Is there hope in the snowy mountain top or is there despair in the hyena’s laugh? Questions to ponder.

This story is a re-read and, with a second reading, more of a favorite than I realized. It’s included in Hemingway’s collection The Snows of Kilimanjaro and Other Stories. I read it when I selected the Ten of Hearts for my Deal Me In 2020 short story project. Check out my Deal Me In 2020 list here. Deal Me In is hosted by Jay at Bibliophilopolis.

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