The Blue Hotel

The Blue Hotel Short story by Stephen Crane published serially in Collier s Weekly Nov Dec and then in the collection The Monster and Other Stories Combining symbolic imagery with naturalistic det

  • Title: The Blue Hotel
  • Author: Stephen Crane
  • ISBN: 9782867463211
  • Page: 123
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  • The Blue Hotel

    Short story by Stephen Crane, published serially in Collier s Weekly Nov 26 Dec 3, 1898 , and then in the collection The Monster and Other Stories 1899 Combining symbolic imagery with naturalistic detail, it is an existential tale about human vanities and delusions As the story opens, three visitors find shelter from a blizzard at Pat Scully s hotel in Fort Romper,Short story by Stephen Crane, published serially in Collier s Weekly Nov 26 Dec 3, 1898 , and then in the collection The Monster and Other Stories 1899 Combining symbolic imagery with naturalistic detail, it is an existential tale about human vanities and delusions As the story opens, three visitors find shelter from a blizzard at Pat Scully s hotel in Fort Romper, Neb a nervous New Yorker known as the Swede, a rambunctious Westerner named Bill, and a reserved Easterner called Mr Blanc The Swede becomes increasingly drunk, defensive, and reckless He beats Scully s son, Johnnie, in a fight after accusing him of cheating at cards The Swede goes to a saloon and here the action turns into a very dark finale.

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    1. Praveen

      A brief update,while reading this story, I was not aware of this fact. Now I came to know that this story was one of the two stories recommended by Hemingway to every young writer. So an additional star from my side to this storyAs I reread it quickly after knowing about such a recommendation, to check if I missed something there or not !-----------------------------------As they say, Stephen Crane's fiction is typically categorized as representative of Naturalism, American realism, Impressionis [...]

    2. Sketchbook

      "Every sin is the result of a collaboration," says Stephen Crane (1871-1900) in this short (38 pages) , but transcendent and unforgettable novella. If you've never read Crane - forgotten today - start here. Coming from a family of Methodist clergy, he rebelled early and became an atheist. He went into the world,saw itand realized too much. Can you ever get rid of the burden of religion?Starting as a freelance journalist, and seldom with any money, he covered troubles in Mexico and Cuba, explored [...]

    3. Tim

      “The Blue Hotel” 1899) is one of several works recommended to a young writer by Ernest Hemingway. In fact, it is one of only two short stories so recommended, the other being “The Open Boat,” also by Steven Crane (see my review embedded in my review of David Foster Wallace’s “A Supposedly Fun Thing I’ll Never Do Again.”). This was available free online from PinkMonkey, which, as the blurb says is “a ‘G’ rated study resource for junior high, high school, college students, te [...]

    4. Johnny

      Put down that copy of "The Red Badge of Courage," and opt for "The Blue Hotel" instead. Crane, one of our greatest American writers, wrote in a time of Dreiser and James, and his style certainly conflicts with their beautiful, multi-clause prose. Crane had an affinity for characters that liked the less-glamorous side of life, almost like Hemingway before Hemingway, and "The Blue Hotel' contains all the elements of masculine sin. But his plot is not what drives his stories, it is writing style. F [...]

    5. A.M.

      I saw this on a list of Hemingway’s recommended reads. As a bonus, I found a free e-book version of it at Book depository.It is a short story; guests shelter in the blue hotel during a snowstorm with the owner and his son. This is a tale of men; women feature only as side points. The perfect shelter is flawed because one of the men, the Swede, is described as: “One might have thought that he had the sense of silly suspicion which comes to guilt. He resembled a badly frightened man.”It is c [...]

    6. Jenna

      I read this three times in the past week for school. The first time I read it, I was bored. I was all, let's hurry up and get to the point already. Well, "The Blue Hotel" doesn't work like that.The second time I read it, I noticed some of the subtly beautiful descriptions that Crane uses. I saw the blue paint of the Palace Hotel, felt the snowstorm in Fort Romper, and felt like I was losing at High-Five to Johnnie. Crane's writing is so delicate that you don't even realize you're reading.The thi [...]

    7. Frederick

      Hemingway said "The Blue Hotel" was the best short story ever written by an American.It is a beautiful, sad, horrifying story. It's always good to have a collection of Crane's stories. It's even better to have one named after the best one he wrote.

    8. David James

      Crane, Stephen. The Blue HotelStephen Crane’s long short story is a much anthologised item, it being typical of his masculine focussed social Darwinism, or survival of the fittest philosophy. Here, a character known simply as The Swede is the focus of the five major players in the story, set in an isolated settlement in The Blue Hotel in Fort Romper, Nebraska. Life is tough in winter in Romper and a man needs all his wits, and probably a handy weapon, simply to survive. The Swede is nervous to [...]

    9. Bruce

      In this short story, three travelers – a Swede, an Easterner, and a cowboy – are staying overnight in a blizzard in a hotel in Nebraska, the time being late in the 19th century. The innkeeper, Scully, and his son, Johnnie, are the other two characters. Despite the warm and convivial atmosphere around the pot-bellied shove, the Swede acts oddly frightened and accuses the others of planning to kill him. Scully finally takes the Swede out of the room and gets him drunk while the other three men [...]

    10. Imene Boudia

      Every sin is a result of a collaborationWell this is my first stephen crane book ever, and i have to say that, the thing that i liked the most in this book,was the writing, it was phenomenal, beyond beautiful.The story wasn't as good as i expected it to be, it was a little vague, very dense, i was expecting something from the supernatural, i mean let's take a moment and admire the book cover, for horror lovers out there, don't get high hopes for this 😟There were a couple of descriptions of un [...]

    11. Darinda

      Read in The Stephen Crane Megapack: 94 Classic Works by the Author of The Red Badge of Courage.One of Crane's better known short stories. It is well written and even has a message to ponder at the end. Three men, the Swede, the Eastern, and the cowboy, stay at the Palace Hotel. The Swede gets drunk and fights Johnnie, the son of the hotel owner, over a card game. The Swede then ends up in a saloon talking about his fight with Johnnie, and things do not go well for him.

    12. Knarik Avetisyan

      It is perhaps the most widely read of all the tales in the collection and while it may seem, on the surface, to be a rather straightforward story about a man who gets in trouble after a stay at the Palace Hotel, there are several complex themes that drive the work and in some ways, define many of the overarching themes in novels like Maggie: A Girl of the Streets and more generally, of Crane’s entire body of work. Stylistically, this work breaks away from the standards of the time, often delvi [...]

    13. Zany

      Interesting, considering how long ago it was written. I would never have expected a plot like this until perhaps the 60s. You took the old western shoot-em-up and turned it into some sort of morality tale of symbiosis. I'd stretch it as far as even disguising itself as a cautionary environmentalist warning. (how's that for snobbish vagueness?)Thanks guy!

    14. Joe Holley

      Loved the writing and the story. Stephen Crane examines the way we view each other and how our preconceived perceptions of others comes into play when we come together. It also explores the differences in personalities under differing situations and influences and how that comes into play in unfamiliar circumstances. A wonderful story with a powerful message.

    15. Jenn

      Like most short stories of the time, I found it a little dense with irrelevant information - descriptions about unimportant characters and settings. Some of the behaviors went unexplained and the ending was abrupt and not all too powerful.

    16. Farida Meriem

      I really like the wits in this short story. What amazed me most is that you can guess that the Swede will die, since he is convinced that they are going to kill him, and we as readers cannot stop reading until we find out how?

    17. Joerg

      Not as good as I thought but still dense and exciting. In a way the characters don't seem approachable e.g. nothing like the characters in Jocye's Dubliners - they are also not revealed in their action.

    18. Matthew Berkshire

      Short, but extremely well done. Motivated by a quick pace that enhances the stories plot it is easy to read this in one sitting. I wanted the characters to have a little more depth, but overall this was a really nice read.

    19. Hal Brodsky

      If Stephen Crane had written an episode of The Twilight Zone, this would be it. Too bad broadcast television did not come about until ~50 years later

    20. Nagisa

      I just thought the Swede brought it all on himself, but the Easterner gave it a new light saying "Every sin is the result of a collaboration." His view of the event is interesting.

    21. JoAnn

      A great story illustrating culpability for action beyond the immediate consequences. Great story I listened to through Classic Tales Podcast. BJ Harrison is a great reader/actor.

    22. Cameron

      A little short story by a fantastic author with so much depth of allegory that it can be studied for a lifetime.

    23. Mallika Soni

      The end is the strongest point of the story. I liked it. Thanks to Hemingway for suggesting this to young readers and writers.

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