A Clean, Well-Lighted Place

Welcome back you busy readers and writers!!!

I have finally honed in on a good Thursday night blog. It’s almost the weekend. But, not too far from the energy we have during the week! I figured I would high light some of my favorite short stories because as we know sometimes it is hard to read a long novel when school and work have us running in all directions.

Today is a short post from one of Ernest Hemingway’s short stories. I find Hemingway to be quite the catch and I imagine his personality to be just as spunky as his writing. He builds multi-dimensional characters with such grace.

An excerpt from the story:

“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. In the day time the street was dusty, but at night the dew settled the dust and the old man like to sit late because he was deaf and now at night it was quiet and he felt the difference. The two waiters inside the cafe knew that the old man was a little drunk, and while he was a good client they knew that if he became too drunk he would leave without paying, so they kept watch on him.

‘Last week he tried to commit suicide,’ one waiter said.


This is all I am going to give you from the story because I want you all to go and read yourselves. I advise that you read it three times through because the more I read it the more my perspective changes on the matter of the old man. Is this all in his head? Is time blurred and the two waiters and old man all one character? Is this all in the old man’s head??

Have a good weekend… come back next week with your thoughts!!! Post below. Cheers!



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