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The Man Without A Country

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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.
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Nina Levine
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
Sean Leas
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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.
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
Rylan McQuade
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.
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.
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
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.
I thought this was a wonderful short story. Without giving away to much of the story, a man makes at hateful comment at his trial and receives a very unusual punishment. The story was well-written and I found incredibly touching. The story will definitely leave you thinking....
Nathan Langford
While it has a heavy 'political' overtones for the Civil War era in which it was written, nonetheless, it is a well a written, short story. Again, a politically well tribute done to Sir Walter Scott's poem 'Lay of the Last Minstrel'.
Kim Godard
Not what I expected. This was very short and gave little of the author's views on patriotism, I thought. However, the plight of Philip Nolan, the protagonist, makes you think about your own views of country and home.
James Oliver Burns
One of my all time favorites, I have read this book at least a dozen times. It has alot of meaning to me. You dont relize how important something or somene till you lose them and can never see them again
Fredrick Danysh
Novel in which a army officer convicted of trying to help Arron Burr create a new country out of American territory chooses permanent exile, never to hear of the United States again.
I read this decades ago and really like it. It is set in the early national period of US History and is a great tribute to patriotism. Also, a reasonably quick read.
Jul 28, 2008 Carolyn rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Carolyn by: Jim Parker
I've always been a fan of Vonnegut's. This was a very interesting collection of several short essays; rather anti-American, but contained some good insights.
I don't know how many times I have read this book...It captures the "patriotic" heart of any American...who LOVES what this country once stood for...
Mildly diverting. Short enough to read on a rainy afternoon. Language seemed "late-last-century" which slowed reading but added to the flavor.
Chris Gager
I'm not sure if I read this or just saw the movie or both. In any case it's really a long short story. And it was a long time ago...
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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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