Ernest Hemingway’s Six-Word Story: A Review
It’s tough to write a review of Ernest Hemingway’s six-word story that’s shorter than six words. I think I’ve already failed, so I won’t even try. It’s also hard to review a six-word story without SPOILERS, but I can make an honest attempt.
Supposedly, Ernest Hemingway won a bet by writing a six-word story on a napkin. The story (along with background information) is here. I would post the story, but I’m on a strict word count, and I like to review literature without any leaving spoilers. I hate reading reviews that give everything away, so if you want to read Ernest Hemingway’s six-word story, go ahead. But I don’t want to spoil it.
Even if the six-word story was written by Ernest Hemingway, it leaves plenty of unanswered questions, too many for my liking. What happened to the baby? What about the parents? Did anybody buy the shoes? How much did they sell for? I know that Hemingway has to leave some facts out of the story, but the reader ends up knowing nothing about the main characters.
There wasn’t any dialogue, and I love stories with great dialogue. Characterization was a little threadbare. I was surprised at the lack of details. There wasn’t even a title. Maybe I was expecting too much. Sometimes I get too critical of classic literature.
I guess my only legitimate complaint about the six-word story was that the Amazon Kindle edition cost me 99 cents. I thought the Kindle edition of Ernest Hemingway’s Six-Word Story would include other Hemingway selections. Who would sell a six-word short story for 99 cents? Even worse, who would buy a six-word short story for 99 cents?
I should have known I was buying a six-word short story when I downloaded a free sample of Ernest Hemingway’s Six-Word Story on my Kindle, and all it said was “For.” I guess I have nobody to blame but myself.
For 99 cents, I should have received more than a digital six-word story. I should have gotten at least a napkin with Ernest Hemingway’s signature. It wouldn’t have to have been a real signature either. I would have been happy with a forged signature of Ernest Hemingway’s initials. It could have been stamped for all I care. I just wanted something to show for my 99 cents.
I have to give Ernest Hemingway credit. It’s not easy to write a six-word story. Here’s the best that I could do.
Wrote tweet. Nobody laughed. Got fired.
It’s not autobiographical, but it’s based on some fears that I have. At least I didn’t charge 99 cents for it.
What do you think? Have you ever written a six-word story? Have you ever read a six-word story that DIDN’T leave you feeling dissatisfied? Have you ever purchased a book (or six-word story) and felt ripped off? Do you even believe the legend of Ernest Hemingway’s six-word story?