So far, I've read the first two stories in Ernest Hemingway's short story collection, "Men without Women," and I'm really enjoying it. Here is my spoiler-free take on what I've read so far. The first story, "The Undefeated," is a story about a bullfighter who is past his prime but wants to get back in the ring and prove that he still has what it takes to be a matador. In this book, Hemingway uses a few technical bullfighting terms like "Picador" without explicitly explaining them. I retrospect, I should have looked them up on Wikipedia immediately so that I could pick up on them early and keep on reading. While most folks would definitely see bullfighting a brutal and archaic sport, the underlying theme could be applied to plenty of modern athletes. I was reminded of veteran NFL quarterbacks who hang on as long as they can in the game and gradually lose their star power due to age. The second story, "In Another Country," is about wounded World War I soldiers in an Italian rehabilitation hospital. One of the characters is an American volunteer soldier. The story deals with themes of manhood and loss. I enjoyed this one very much and the ending had a bit of a twist. Has anyone else read these stories? What did you think?