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In Our Time by Ernest Hemingway
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Jun 24, 11

bookshelves: scenes-of-nature
Read on June 24, 2011

I think there is a common theme that runs through these short stories. Nearly all of them are about people on a leisurely break from life. And even though they are generally having a good time, the sadness from the approaching return to ordinary life keeps creeping up into their thoughts. Or you could say they are about people experiencing happiness but they are saddened by thoughts that this happiness is only fleeting and sadness is just around the corner.

The stories with the Nick Adams character are special. Especially "Big Two-hearted River: Part 1 and 2 where Nick Adams goes trout fishing. They are written with a lot of tenderness. I bet Hemingway had a great time writing part 1. The story makes you want to head out into the woods with some canned food and have a good time. So he definitely succeeded.

Boy, this man can write!


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