Not my new favorite Hemingway, despite the presence of some of my favorite short stories of his.
In Our Time is a collection of vignettes about war and bullfighting that intersperse a lot of short stories, many of them featuring Hemingway's alter ego, Nick Adams. The vignettes focus on gory, unpleasant, depressing events, and the short stories are similarly about death, loss, leaving, and things ending badly, all except the last two, which are "Big Two-Hearted River" parts 1 and 2.
Only in those last two stories to we finally start to see someone finding peace and healing. Until them, the focus seems to be on the elusiveness of happiness. I think Hemingway is saying that you can't find happiness or healing when you're with other people, even your friends. Only by going away from the rest of humanity can you find the peace and healing you need. So bleak. Oh, Hemingway, you make me so sad for you.
I think that young people today, the ones who are angry and railing against everything, should read Hemingway. Especially this. I think it would help them see that disaffection, disillusionment, and feeling lost and alone are not at all new. They're present whenever people turn their backs on God and each other.
If This was a Movie, I Would Rate It: PG-16 for some bad language, violence, gore, oblique sexual references, and general depressingness.