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by Ernest Hemingway

Events in the life of Hemingway's memorable character are presented chronologically in this arrangement of the stories
Download Nick Adams Stories epub
ISBN: 0606252835
ISBN13: 978-0606252836
Category: Literature
Author: Ernest Hemingway
Language: English
Publisher: Demco Media (December 1, 1981)
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That's Nick Adams, in conversation with his friend George, in Cross Country Snow, one of the 24 short stories assembled for this collection of Hemmingway's shorter work. Written in the early part of the 20th century, these stories are pervaded by a wistful and romantic vintage feel.

Only 16 of the stories were published in Hemmingway's lifetime; the remaining eight were released posthumously and combined with their predecessors to make up a complete volume following the life of the Nick Adams character.

The stories chronicle a series of rites of passage, initiation, and comings of age. Nick's character clearly incorporates many autobiographical elements, and provides insight into the inner life of the author. The stories are grouped into sections: The Northern Woods, On His Own, War, A Soldier Home, and Company of Two. The actual stories present vignettes from early life in northern Michigan, adolescence and early independence, wartime injury, peacetime recovery, and the uncertain resolution of family.

My favorites are Indian Camp, The Last Good Country, and Big Two-Hearted River. In Indian Camp, Nick accompanies his father, a doctor, who delivers a baby by caesarian section in primitive conditions. The Last Good Country has him on the run from the law, and contrasts the corruption of civilization with the innocence and purity of the wild. Big Two-Hearted River is about recovery, healing, and cleansing, in the context of a solitary post war fishing trip.

This is the first of Hemmingway's fiction that I have read since the mandatory exposure of high school English, and I'm eager to go back after all these years.
We get a look at young Hemingway through the eyes of Nick Adams. These early writings seem so innocent and fresh. But that was before the wars, before Paris, The bullfights, and all that followed in the remarkable life and writing of one outstanding American writer and adventurer. This is a simple appetizer for the 'Moveable Feast' to follow.
This is the chronological anthology of finished and mostly unfinished stories about Nick Adams, a semi autobiographical character in many of Hemingway’s short stories. Some of the stories in here are among the best I’ve read but don’t have a resolution (as in he didn’t finish them). Some are just fragments. If you love Hemingway and you’ve read most of his stuff you’ll love this. If you haven’t before, this probably isn’t a great place to start.
To me, this book is so eloquent I am reluctant to review it because it will be impossible to do it justice.
It is a collection of short stories from earlier works of Hemingway. In each of them, a thoughtful reader can gain insight into Hemingway and him/herself.
The following is from "Indian Camp." In it, Nick is a very young boy, and, with his physician father, he has been present at a difficult childbirth and found the victim of a suicide. Dawn is approaching and he is in the canoe with his father rowing back across the lake.
"Do many men kill themselves, Daddy?"
"Not very many, Nick."...
"Is dying hard, Daddy?"
"No, I think it's pretty easy Nick. It all depends."
They were seated in the boat, Nick in the stern, his father rowing. The sun was coming up over the hills. A bass jumped, making a circle in the water. Nick trailed his hand in the water. It felt warm in the sharp chill of the morning.
In the early morning on the lake sitting in the stern with his father rowing, he felt quite sure that he would never die.
Regardless of how you feel about Hemingway, this is a poignant look into the soul of the man, and ourselves. Hemingway's family was plagued by suicide, including that of his physician father, and, like all of us, Hemingway was once a young child coming to grips with the idea of mortality, in a world still fresh and fascinating and frightening.
Other stories deal with the joys of a life full-lived, an appreciation of the natural world around us, and our "quiet desperation," in love, life, and death.
"The Nick Adams Stories" is high on my "Top Ten List."
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This was my fourth Hemingway novel after For Whom the Bell Tolls, To Have and Have Not and The Old Man and the Sea. While I wouldn't say that this was my favorite of the bunch so far, it was good read.
This edition presents the Nick Adams stories in the order of his apparent age in each story. It also has a brief editorial preface explaining this and the inclusion of unpublished material. It would have been helpful for me if information about the publishing dates had also been provided to better understand the development of the character. The character of Nick and the tenor of the other characters in the unpublished "The Last Good Country" reflects a juvenile machismo that I just do not see if further stories. The older Nick character and the others in "Now I Lay Me" presents a much more rounded and mature masculinity. Was this a refection of a development in Hemingway himself? It would have been nice to see the chronological order of the writing of these stories to understand developments such as this.
I grew in Michigan and spent many summers not far from where a lot of these stories took place. Reading it now takes me back there in a way that only Hemingway really could. If you can get past the few incomplete stories and the few stories that seem to borrow parts from others (you will read several passages a few times over a few of the stories) then you should be fine.
I'm not a big fan of Hemingway's work, for the most part, but I have enjoyed a few pieces and the Nick Adams stories are among them. It's nice to have them all in a single collection. The earliest ones don't appeal to me all that much, in and of themselves, but as I read later stories, I was glad to have had those earlier ones as a foundation for getting to know the character. On the whole, I'm glad I spent the money on this book.