The soul of the journalist never left Ernest Hemingway. Whether he wrote of upper Michigan where he grew up or the conflicts of war and the heart and the soul where Hemingway had lain himself, he chose to report rather than to interpret. A perceptive traveler through life, Hemingway always left an opening in his minimalist prose for the reader to find the deeper meaning for himself, participating in the realism of many of his narratives.
The presenter of the Nobel Prize for Literature said of Hemingway,
With masterly skill [Hemingway] reproduces all the nuances of the spoken word, as well as those pauses in which thought stands still and the nervous mechanism is thrown out of gear. It may sometimes sound like small talk, but it is not trivial when one gets to know his method. He prefers to leave the work of psychological reflection to his readers and this freedom is of great benefit to him in spontaneous observation.
Harold Bloom, the renowned scholar, pronounced Hemingway "a minor novelist" with a "major style." Another critic said of Hemingway that he has changed the rhythms of the way both his own and the next generation would speak and write and think. Hemingway became a trendsetter. His stories portray the disillusioned man, the aimless, the dehumanized soldier who still hurts. Hemingway became the voice for a generation--the "lost genreation"--that saw a world war, financial corruption, and immorality. Having written about that which he has experienced, Hemingway's narratives contain a reality that draws in the fisherman to The Old Man and the Sea, the soldier to A Farewell to Arms and For Whom the Bell Tolls, the outdoorsman in the Nick Adams stories, and the jaded and directionless in The Sun Also Rises.