ERNEST HEMINGWAY. The Short Happy Life of Francis Macomber. 5. “Here’s to the lion,” he said. “I can’t ever thank you for what you did.” able wash basin. The Ernest Hemingway short story The Short Happy Life of Francis Macomber examines these questions within the scope of a few days in a disastrous African. Hemingway introduces the three principal characters, Francis Macomber, his wife Margot, and their safari guide Richard Wilson, over cocktails.

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Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Published first published To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Lists with This Book. Oct 21, Florencia rated it really ffrancis it Shelves: A lion, symbol of courage and a significant connection between a man and his wife.

The Short Happy Life of Francis Macomber | short story by Hemingway |

I was not too fond of any of the characters of this story but I have to admit something: I don’t remember being so rhe by a female character since Cinderella’s stepmother.

Well, in the name of debatable maturity, I am pretty sure I felt that with other fictional people but I can’t remember at the moment.

And now I can’t stop thinking about it. I need another female character that I really disliked. Great, thi A lion, symbol of courage and a significant connection between franciz man and his wife. Great, this is going to bug me. This is taking a weird turn and now I am writing as my mind dictates.

This is how babbling is created. I have been possessed by Walt Disney now, stop it. This short story started hsppy bit slow and on top of it all, dealing with the barbaric activity of hunting; to kill for the sake of hemingwayy.

However, as I kept reading, human nature and its inherent conflicts came to surface. Every piece started to fall into the right place—at least, from my humble point of view—and the twist I was warned about before, was a sudden shake that induced the collapse of this initially dull universe. It confirmed all suspicious. Hemingway deserves patience; I am still trying to adjust.

This is a story about many things, but it mostly involves the loss of cowardice and control. Hemingway described fear in the most evocative way possible. His minimal amount of words to portray emotions and such vividness between the lines lire captivated me.

What has started tiresome to me became a pulsating prose that revealed a story infused with fear, contempt and the desire of controlling everything. Until the last minute. A story about the act of breaking ties with manipulation and the rage that such happiness precipitates. All elements that, inevitably, pave the way to the core of tragedy. View all 11 comments.


Nov 24, Thomas rated it liked it Shelves: If you can look past its misogyny and bloodshed, this story does serve as well-written entertainment. The plot moves at an exciting pace and Hemingway creates a vivid portrayal of the characters’ interpersonal and intrapersonal tensions. Why did he have so much hatred for lufe women, while at the same time feeling so attracted to them?

Does Hemingway’s portrayal of male characters deconstruct or perpetuate toxic masculinity? Can we praise courage without glorifying uemingway violence Hemingway so franis associates with it? Overall, I do not really recommend this piece, but if you want a gruesome short story with some interesting, unlikable characters, you might like “The Short Happy Life of Francis Macomber.

View all 3 comments. Jul 17, Adnan rated it it was amazing Shelves: To be part of the death and the life—the hunt, in its anticipation and its valour—of the creatures of the safari. To hemjngway through the rites of manhood, and face our lives with courage. Ah, the glory of being alive, and fighting for it! Hemingway tells us all that we need to know about the struggle of living, and how to live with honour. Apr 24, Kendra rated it liked it.

May 13, Amanda rated it really liked it. This short story has stayed with me since I read it at school when I was I think 15 or 16 and has always been lurking in the back of my mind and surfacing at unexpected times, particularly the character Francis Macomber. This is an incredible story. There is not much to like about it but it is brilliant in it’s perfection of ugly detail. Dec 25, Evelyn rated it liked it. The title, the lion, the buffalo, etc all take on a few different meanings.

The ending can be interpreted in a few ways too. Overall, It takes a second to understand what is happening especially with the older language but I enjoy piecing stories together as I read further. Apr 09, Michael Williams rated it liked it. Jan 08, Vlady Peters rated it it was amazing. If I ever thought of a bucket list it would be to read every book on the list of the Great Books of the Western World. Over the years I’ve read quite a few of them, but as I throw my eye over the list, I know that what I’ve read is pretty well hemkngway drop in the ocean.

But, with the start of the New Year, I’ve decided If I ever thought of a bucket list it would be to read every book on the list of the Great Books of the Western World.

But, with the start of the New Year, I’ve decided to restart tis particular project. As a huge percentage of the books are dedicated to the ancient Greek and Latin authors, I’ve decided to work my way from the end to the beginning rather than the other way round.


And the next one is Ernest Hemingway. And who hasn’t read him? But are they listed on the list? Never heard of it.

However, undaunted, I downloaded a copy and read it on the computer. A short story, written in that bold-stroke Hemingway style, you can see why it has been chosen as representative of his work. It has numerous facets to it. There’s the man; the husband; the hunter; the lover. Then there’s the animal; the hunter; the hunted; the object and the hurting entity.

Then there’s the woman; the wife; the barometer of men’s actions.

The Short Happy Life of Francis Macomber

Much has been written about women in Hemingway’s life. Did he love them? Did he lie them? Did he hate them? Was he contemptuous of them? Was he frightened of gappy While superficially this is a story about hunting and killing animals just for the fun of it, it is a lot more than that.

Jan 19, twinkle rated it really liked it. Hemingway tackles the stereotypes of masculinity head on Which made this story amazing in a sense. Dec 15, Kelly Danahy rated it it was ok Shelves: I thought the ambiguous ending was interesting, but the hunter’s sexism was hard to stomach.

Jun 09, Sarwat rated it really liked it.

Without mentioning anything obvious, Hemingway always manages to tug at the heartstrings. Apr 02, Alethea rated it liked it Shelves: I wish goodreads allowed half reviews, because I would give this 2. Short stories often seem to paint a picture of a feeling more than they tell a concrete story.

The feeling this story was painting shifted throughout and ended up somewhere completely different than where I thought it would be. On a technical level, I did not always appreciate the POV switches, and I wonder if it were always necessary, but it was always engaging. I read this before watching the film version of this story, T I wish goodreads allowed half reviews, because I would give this 2.

I read this before watching the film version of this story, The Macomber Affair. After reading the story, I’m curious to see how they turn it into a 90 minute film, but I appreciated the film of The Snows of Kilimanjaro more than the story.

Maybe the same will hold true here. Feb 21, Kaylee rated it it was ok Shelves: I guess Hemingway’s short stories are just not for me.