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Nick Adams Stories

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 5, 2001

    Fathers and Sons

    Over thirty years have gone by since I first read a Nick Adams story. Since my teens I've had a copy of the collected NICK ADAMS STORIES, and that paperback's binding has been taped and retaped more times than I'll ever remember. It lasted through College and my own liberal bent, which foolishly led me to disregard Hemingway for a time. It returned safely with me after two years in Europe, the pages sunbleached and brittle. It moved from New York to San Francisco, by train, twenty years ago. It's survived a failed marriage, too many camping trips to recall, one fire, one drought and a rather severe earthquake. It seems almost pointless to be defending this book and it's author from his many detractors, because literally and figuratively, this collection of stories has stood the test of time. Never in Modern Literature has a character been so thouroughly developed, so completely realized. Putting the collection in chronological order (although they were not written so) helps to define Nick's growth and to put stories into much clearer perspective. More importantly, as we see Nick grow from boy to man, to soldier, to father we witness with him the changes in our rural towns, our cities, our country, our people and our world. Revisiting this collection over these many years has brought me great joy and comfort, but familarity with them brought home the greatness of the writer's skill. Hemingway's economy of language, and nearly microscopic attention to detail (BIG TWO HEARTED RIVER), the sense of place, mood and setting, his ability to say more in his sparse dialog (THE KILLERS) than anyone before or since should serve as a 'how to' book for aspiring writers. Future generations hopefully will put aside the man and allow the writing to stand on it's own. For never has the myth of a man so overshadowed his accomplishment, as is the case with Hemingway, leaving him, for all his renown, still greatly underappreciated. And so, thirty years since I first went into the Michigan forests with Nick Adams, I've finally broken down and purchased another, this time a hardbound edition of THE NICK ADAMS STORIES. This copy, for my son, in the hopes that he too will take the time to slowly, over years, marvel at a unique and noble character in Literature, and the flawed genius who gave him life. That tattered and worn paperback however, will stay with me...there's still plenty of life in those pages.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 7, 2012

    Enjoyable if you like to read Hemingway

    THese are short stories based somewhat on Hemingway's life written throughout his years but not written chronologically. This book puts them as best as possible in chronological order. It does give some insight into Hemingway's life, but not always sure what is fact and what is fiction.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 15, 2013

    BORING

    I had to read this for school and unless yiu like biographies or classical tales i wouldnt read this

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 22, 2009

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    Nick Adams Stories

    I just finished reading Hemingway's biography and was eager to read the stories and books that were written about. Mr. Mellow described in great detail, where Heminway was, what was going on in his life and how the books often were based on his own history.
    I was somewhat disappointed with Nick Adams. I haven't read the other two books I purchased at the time because I was about ready to OD on Hemingway. In any event , some of the stories were excellent while others mediocre.
    Hemingway's biography by Mellow was recommended at the Hemmingway house at Key West. It took a while to get through, but was very enlightening.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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    Posted December 24, 2014

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    Mr.boring i agree

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    Posted November 25, 2012

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    Posted November 25, 2012

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    Posted November 24, 2012

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