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The Snows of Kilimanjaro


Ernest Miller Hemingway was the outstanding author, journalist, novelist, and short-story writer. His economical and understated style - which he termed the iceberg theory - had a strong influence on 20th-century fiction. "The Snows of Kilimanjaro" is a short story by Ernest Hemingway. This short story - written in 1938 - reflects several of Hemingway's personal concerns during the 1930s regarding his existence as a writer and his life in general. Hemingway remarked in Green Hills that "politics, women, drink, money and ambition" damage American writers. His fear that his own acquaintances with rich people might harm his integrity as a writer becomes evident in this story. The text in italics also reveals Hemingway's fear of leaving his own work of life unfinished. The story opens with a paragraph about Mount Kilimanjaro, the highest mountain in Africa, which is also called the “House of God.” There, we are told, lies the frozen carcass of a leopard near the summit. No one knows why it is there at such altitude. Harry, a writer dying of gangrene, and Helen, who is with him on safari in Africa, are stranded in the camp because a bearing in their truck's engine burnt out. This story focuses on the self-critical ruminations and memories of a writer dying of a preventable cause of gangrene on safari. Enjoy free online English audiobook “The Snows of Kilimanjaro”, the breathtaking short story which regarded as one of Hemingway's greatest works.

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