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Clean Well Lighted Place (Creative Short…

Clean Well Lighted Place (Creative Short Stories)

by Ernest Hemingway

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This very short story is my first taste of Hemigway.

Lots of dialogue between two waiters, discussing an old man drinking late, takes up most of the tale.

Not a bad read, though nothing thrilling. ( )
  PhilSyphe | May 18, 2017 |
Hemingway was very adept in writing about the human condition. The theme of this short story is of despair and loneliness. Hemingway portrays the "Clean Well-Lighted Place" as a refuge for an elderly man who struggles with his existence. This elderly man is a regular customer of this establishment and drinks into the wee hours of the morning when all the other customers have gone home. The dialogue between the two waiters express their different views on what it is be lonely and to feel like there is nothing meaningful in your life. The elderly man sets the stage for the dialogue.
I liked the way Hemingway used the dialogue of the waiters to give us insight into how the waiters viewed life and it's importance. I think Hemingway has us see the "clean well-lighted place" as a means to express and yet escape the loneliness, if only temporarily. ( )
  linsleo | May 7, 2011 |
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It was late and every one had left the cafe except an old man who sat in the shadow the leaves of the tree made against the electric light.
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As a Spanish café closes for the night, two waiters and a lonely customer confront the concept of nothingness.

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