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The Man Without A Country

3.68  ·  Rating Details ·  577 Ratings  ·  61 Reviews
Bring The Classics To Life Series - Reading Level 2.0-3.0. This novel has been adapted into 10 short reading chapters. Ages 7+ and English Language Learners of all ages. 8.5""x11"" ""worktext"". Abridged with excersice acitivities built in along with answer keys.
Library Binding, 46 pages
Published (first published 1863)
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Bill  Kerwin
Jul 04, 2016 Bill Kerwin rated it really liked it

As my July 4th Independence Day project, I decided to re-read the short story “The Man Without a Country” for the first time in many years, and I was pleased to find the narrative still haunting, the plight of its unfortunate hero still moving, and its devotion to the idea of “The United States” of America still an inspiration. This time I became aware of something else too: “The Man Without a Country” is a textbook example of verisimilitude, for author Hale chooses his historical details so met
Jun 29, 2016 Paula rated it really liked it
I have a very old collector's copy of this book. The volume is so old, it has no ISBN. Part of the attraction to read it (again) was to add it to my list of books completed for a reading challenge. But I've kept the book just because I enjoy the idea of the story so much. I realized today that I started/finished it just in time for our Independence Day celebration here in the States.
Nina Levine
Nov 18, 2011 Nina Levine rated it really liked it
A young army officer, Phillip Nolan, convicted of treason, inadvertently imposes a sentence upon himself whereby he is deprived of his country for more than a half century. Nolan is imprisoned in relative comfort on a steady stream of naval vessels always off-shore of the USA. The short first person narrativbe told by a naval officer of Nolan's acquaintance tells how the experience, in effect caused Nolan's sense of patriotism and his need to be recognized as an American to become highly intensi ...more
Feb 22, 2014 Joan rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I liked the message of this book (that one's liberties as a USA citizen should not be taken for granted), but found it a very difficult book to read -- it has old style wording, no chapters or breaks, and often the story jumped from one person/context to another with little warning.

This is a book on my son's 8th grade reading list -- if he can persevere through the language/wording issues to finish it, I think it will be very worthwhile. I'm glad I've read it, if only to help him process and un
Miles Fowler
A long short story (or novella to be generous) "The Man without a Country" by Edward Everett Hale is rightly an American classic. It explores the issues raised by patriotism as seen by an American writer in the mid-nineteenth century through a fictional tragedy. It also teaches us something about the history of American attitudes toward identity.

Philip Nolan, a fictional American army officer during the presidency of Thomas Jefferson, played a minor role in a historical conspiracy case in which
Nov 14, 2011 Rusty rated it really liked it
A quick but fun, fanciful read. While the author wrote many works this is the primary one for which he is known. It was quickly written and is delightfully illustrated with woodcut prints. Edward Everett Hale wrote this tale to encourage love of our country during the Civil War. A most imaginative portrayal of which could happen to someone who in their youth might rashly say something that could haunt them for the rest of their lives. I enjoyed it
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Mar 07, 2016 Dan rated it really liked it
Be careful what you wish for because you never know how good you have it until you lose it. In this case, Lt. Nolan gives away his country and gets his wish. He lives to regret this and however thankfully his story is told. This was used as pro union propaganda against the civil war confederates.
Dione Basseri
Jul 29, 2016 Dione Basseri rated it really liked it
I occasionally recalled reading this when I was in school, but had never felt the urge to find this story. Then it fell into my podcast backlog, as one of the audio releases from Librivox. Glad it did. IT's an interesting concept, though not a realistic idea. Though, to be fair, there's certain aspiring politicians I'd like to punish with this judgement....

After the Civil War, one soldier on trial wishes to never hear about the United States again. An irate judge obliges him. He's sent onto a sh
Sean Leas
Jan 26, 2016 Sean Leas rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classics
I ran across The Man Without a Country on a list recently and was intrigued. It’s a pretty quick read however, it's set within a very interesting back-story. It was written while Lincoln was still among the living and starts in 1807 with the court martial of Philip Nolan. Coincidentally I learned about adjournment sine die; for all of my time I’ve always either heard the term or misinterpreted the term to adjourn without a day as without delay. Of course without further observation it more than ...more
Vikk Simmons
This story has stayed with me for many years. As a young reader, I devoured all the slip-covered Heritage Press books lining our bookshelves--and there were many, all classics. The Man without a Country by Edward Everett Hale is one that has stayed with me. Over the years I've had a growing desire to reread the story.

This is a short work, a novella. (Some might call it a long story.) There's all of 55 pages in my edition. Heritage books come with these wonderful pamphlets that provide backgroun
Jan 03, 2013 Ahmer rated it really liked it
The Man Without A Country, by Edward Everett Hale, is a novel about a young US army lieutenant, Philip Nolan, who, during a trial for treason, cries out that he never wants to hear about the United States again. So he is sentenced to spend the rest of his life at sea, where he is never to hear anything at all about the United States and he is never to set foot in the United States again. He lives like a prisoner moving from ship to ship, eventually beginning to yearn for some news, any news abou ...more
Dec 03, 2007 John rated it it was amazing
This is a small, cloth fabric hardcover book. A little tattered, ink stained, dog eared and musty but in remarkably good condition for having been published in 1912 and costing just 20 cents. It was read by my father as a grammar school assignment a long time ago. So this made the book quite interesting to me. The inside cover identifies it as a "School Edition" having been introduced as a reading text in the early 1900's.
The fictional story was written in the summer of 1863. Grant was at Vicks
Rob Childs
Sep 29, 2014 Rob Childs rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Stunning end to a story of a man who flippantly voiced a desire to never hear of his earthly home again. Hebrews 11:16 is assigned to Philip Nolan who has no home but heaven. Given the radical religious right's attempts to block any accomplishments of a black president, it makes me wonder if they, too, have in essence become people without a country -- in a sense anarchists -- whose only hope is for the end of the world.
Maggie Reed
Jan 18, 2014 Maggie Reed rated it it was amazing
This was a short read, but honestly well worth relating to today. How many people are lost in the system to this day? How many people, when handed down what seemed a simple sentence, discovers that the sentence itself takes away more than it was supposed to take? There are repercussions for everything. This was a story that took place during the War of 1812. A number of things were misunderstood by the prisoner, by the courts, and by the general population of that era. After 50 years, these thin ...more
Jul 01, 2016 Tyrone rated it did not like it
Boy, this book is a real bore. A piece of propaganda masquerading as literature, and not one that works in any case given that the protagonist appears more disheartened by his loneliness and segregation from the crew than the fact he disowned his country. Makes the message of the book rather meaningless, I couldn't even finish this short tale. Just dreadful.
Nov 25, 2012 Caitlyn rated it did not like it
I found this book mind-numbingly repetitive. if he said the words "a man with no country" one more time I was ready to turn the audiobook off. I was intrigued by the concept, but was disappointed that it was told from the 3rd person. this book is a good example of the author telling rather than showing the reader the emotional impact of not having a country to call home. when the scenes showcasing Nolan's difficulty accepting his punishment were being read, I felt indifferent simply because I di ...more
This story is only 47 pages long written in 1863. I've heard of the book for many years but until now not wanted to read it. Nina Levine another goodreads member's review says it all so eloquently, I just have to quote her:

Nina Levine's review:

A young army officer, Phillip Nolan, convicted of treason, inadvertently imposes a sentence upon himself whereby he is deprived of his country for more than a half century. Nolan is imprisoned in relative comfort on a steady stream of naval vessels always
Jim Razinha
I saw this on a list of"other" books to read this summer and found it on Gutenberg. I remembered the Cliff Robertson movie (TV, 1973), and I'm sure I read it back then, but it was nice to reread. Nice to read a short story after Game of Thrones. Nice to read good writing after Game of Thrones.

A thinker that really needed to be fleshed out.
Feb 09, 2009 Vicky rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have heard of this book for years, but never decided to read it until now (I bought this 1908 edition at an antique store). The author comes from a family of well-known Hales, including his great uncle, Nathan Hale, the patriot-spy of the Revolution. Edward Everette Hale was a teacher and minister as well as a writer. This short story was written in the middle of the Civil War. In the introduction, Wayne Whipple states, "If you have reached the age of understanding and can read it without a s ...more
Nov 27, 2015 Andrew rated it really liked it
Shelves: for-my-kids
"Think of your home, boy; write and send, and talk about it. Let it be nearer and nearer to your thought, the farther you have to travel from it; and rush back to it when you are free." A parable, a bit of propaganda, but a powerful message about the extent of a regret and the gift of having a home country.
Dec 30, 2014 Noora rated it liked it
I have mixed feelings about this book. Intriguing take on patriotism, belonging and deprivation. Short and fast read, but not anything extra special.
Aug 31, 2012 Shannon rated it liked it
This is a short story so it's pretty fast to read. As was pointed out by our book group leader, there are several historical inaccuracies. However, if you suspend disbelief, it's an interesting read about a man who, as a consequence of his own actions, is forced never to set foot in his country again. No one can speak to him about it either. When he is deprived of it his whole life he realizes what a mistake he made and how much he truly loves his country. The story has a great message of patrio ...more
Bob Parks
Apr 09, 2012 Bob Parks rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
Sister Sally Ann Gallagher gave me a copy of this book when I was younger -- maybe in 4th or 5th grade. Don't know why. Didn't read it then. It was one of those books that stuck in the back of my head for a while. Had some time and found a copy for the Kindle. The intro by the author I found a little preachy and it kind of set the mood for my reading of the book/story. Overall, I enjoyed it -- a quick couple of hours of my life that were not wasted watching TV. I'm surprised that we don't hear m ...more
Dorothy Hynous
Sep 30, 2015 Dorothy Hynous rated it really liked it
Very moving story. I would highly recommend
Feb 04, 2011 Kyrie rated it it was ok
This book has been on my shelves forever and I remember reading it as a kid - which is probably why I don't remember the plot very well. Seems to me this guy gets crosswise with the ideals of the United States and says he never wants to hear the name of the country again. In my mind, he spends the rest of his life traveling everywhere but the US and is eventually sad about it, but I'm not sure. I confess, I'm also not interested enough to reread it.
Rylan McQuade
Sep 03, 2010 Rylan McQuade rated it it was ok
This book came across as very strange: A man damns the United States of America and is sentenced to life imprisonment out at sea. The whole idea seems pretty implausable (unless that's really what they did back then). Written in 1863, in the middle of the "Civil" war, it has a strongly pro-union stance. The conclusion (which is supposed to be moving) left me indifferent. Maybe if I lived back then I would feel differently.
Dec 26, 2012 Mary rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fascinating concept, of a man who is exiled from his country, and can no longer hear abut that country ever again. I don't know if this punishment would ever work now, but he learns his folly later in life. Now when I think about it, it would be horrible to not have a country. Everyone says where they are from, as it shapes who you are. Great and fast read.
Jun 16, 2010 Liz rated it liked it
A quick read! I read it in about an hour and twenty minutes, but someone could probably read it faster. This book was a little hard to read at first, as the allusions are from a time before our generation, and I had to reread some sections. Once I got into it, it was alright. I read the afterword section and was sad.
Summer Larson
May 02, 2011 Summer Larson rated it it was ok
I am glad I read this book, because it offered some good fodder for thought and discussion around the dinner table, but it was a little preachy for my taste. I had to work hard to get the Charlie Brown adult speak "whawhawhawhawha" out of my brain while reading. However, that might say more about me than the book.
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Edward Everett Hale was an American author, historian and Unitarian clergyman. He was a child prodigy who exhibited extraordinary literary skills and at age thirteen was enrolled at Harvard University where he graduated second in his class. Hale would go on to write for a variety of publications and periodicals throughout his lifetime.

Father of author Edward Everett Hale Jr.
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