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The Nick Adams Stories

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The Nick Adams Stories show a memorable character growing from child to adolescent to soldier, veteran, writer & parent--a sequence closely paralleling events of Hemingway's life.
The 1st section, called Northern Woods, includes "Three Shots", "Indian Camp", "The Doctor & the Doctor's Wife", "Ten Indians" & "The Indians Moved Away". The 2nd section, On His Own,
Hardcover, 268 pages
Published January 1st 1972 by Amereon Limited (first published January 1st 1966)
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Nov 26, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was Hemingway at his absolute best!
I have read some of the Nick Adams stories before but never the complete collection
in one book.
Loved every story!
The writing was just so brilliant!
He writes in such an elegant simple way and just leaves images in my mind that are so clear.
Reading these stories i could nearly smell the fresh air as Nick Adams was fishing or camping
or just eating a sandwich by the river or feel the cold water as he was wading into the river!
Just awesome!

Cant get enough of He
Here's my admission: this collection is a sentimental favorite of mine. I have no objectivity when it comes to rating this collection. Why? I grew up in Michigan. I've traveled through much of the state (both peninsulas). I've been to Walloon Lake where Hemingway summered as a child at the family cottage called Windemere. I've visited the Little Traverse History Museum in Petoskey that houses a permanent exhibit on Hemingway in Michigan. But mostly because these stories resonate with my own chil ...more
Aug 30, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: hemingway
The Nick Adams Stories is one of the collections of Hemingway’s short stories published after his death. Organized by Phillip Young in 1972, it includes a total of 24 works presumably arranged in chronological order in regard to Nick Adam’s life rather than in regard to the actual date when Hemingway published the stories themselves. Young notes in his preface:

Arranged in chronological sequence, the events of Nick’s life make up a meaningful narrative in which a memorable character grows from ch
Erik Graff
Jul 30, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone
Recommended to Erik by: Ms. Yates
Shelves: literature
At Grinnell College there was a self-proclaimed Diggers collective which, among things like free meals, parties, parades and other "happenings", ran a "free store" off the lounge of my south campus dorm, Loose Hall (renamed Augustus Stanley Owsley Hall by its residents). Basically, it was an disused cloakroom which students were urged to fill with unwanted, but still useful, items. Among other things, I found Hemingway's Nick Adams Stories there and allowed myself the pleasure of reading them wh ...more
S Prakash
Nov 11, 2014 rated it liked it
Nick Adams stories are inspired by the author’s own experiences. Have picked it up, only for being written by Heming way. I doubt if someone were to read this book without knowing by whom it is written, she may not persist beyond couple of stories. The stories capture Nick Adam’s escapades and experiences in a chronological order. Some of them are good, for they capture the essence of the age of Nick at that point in time. Like getting exposed to the stark realities of the world during the child ...more
Mary Overton
It can be unsettling, unnerving to revisit an author embraced during one's teenage years. Reader reaction can have less to do with literature than with memory and passion. I read all of Hemingway when I was in high school, and I had quite a crush on him. He became the first version of my Jungian "animus." Now, four decades later, I reread these stories and am stunned by the powerful feelings they generate - adolescent yearning, glorious self-confidence, a naive sense of ownership of all that is ...more
Heather Colacurcio
I debated between the three and four star rating for this one. In terms of Hemingway's storytelling and writing ability it is certainly a four. On the contrary, in terms of how much I enjoyed the content of this book, it is most definitely a three for me. This is the second Hemingway book I've read (after promising myself that I would give each book a chance on it's own before I make my ultimate judgment on him. After tearing through "A Farewell to Arms", I immediately picked up the next Hemingw ...more
Apr 29, 2014 rated it liked it
Recommended to Alexis by: Nina
Shelves: classic-lit
I’m afraid that short stories are just not Hemingway’s strong suit. One of the amazing things about his novels is the way he gradually adds layer after layer to his characters, slowly exposing their complexity. With the short vignettes here, we don’t have this deep understanding of the characters, so rather than the tension of unspoken emotions behind brusque dialogue, we’re just left with a lot of declarative sentences.

That said, some stories worked much better than others. The war stories wer
Feb 06, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Oh this book just pulls my heart until it hurts. If I ever had a place to call my home town it would be Northern Michigan. Hemingway often wrote about the same area of Northern Michigan where he would spend his summers. These short stories are about growing up there and mentions all the little towns and places I know.

I read this book every summer on the airplane when I go back to MI.
Jul 21, 2011 rated it really liked it
I can now say I'm a true Hemingway question is if they are all truthful?
Mike Williams
Jun 24, 2017 rated it liked it
Some stories were okay. Interestingly, the connections between some of the characters here and characters in my Hemingway favorites are sometimes very similar and for that reason, I allowed 3 stars instead of 2. If this were written by anyone other than the great Papa, I would not have finished. I really was not impressed with nor drawn in to many of the stories and had put off this book for years based on summaries I had read in the past. I felt that I needed a dose of Hemingway, so I finally g ...more
Mark Fallon
Feb 08, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was looking for a reintroduction to Hemingway. Fortunately, a friend is a former English professor, and sent me his copy of "The Nick Adams Stories".

It was interesting to trace Hemingway's growth as a writer - from his obvious homage to Mark Twain, and later finding his own voice. The trout stream scenes caused a visceral reaction, and I could feel the cool stream rushing against my leg.

Jan 26, 2018 rated it liked it
I just wonder if in fact Hemingway was the great writer who' changed the style of English prose' or was he just an alcoholic who repeated bits of sentences over and over again?
I must say I did enjoy reading the stories though (for the most part). He was definitely a 'man's man." Never really getting the female characters very flushed out or realistic.
Jul 03, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: delete
This is the third time I have attempted to say that I never finished this book, sorry Ernie! It was, indeed, fun to read about Northern Michigan a century ago, with so many references, but then, I simply lost interest, maybe 60% through! So many books, so little time, so I moved on!
Laura Bacon
Nov 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing
The Nick Adams Stories: A Magnificent Collection
By: Laura Bacon
Ernest Hemingway has been known as one of the most popular American authors to date. he does not fall short in this collection of short stories. Said to The Nick Adams Stories: A Magnificent Collection
By: Laura Bacon
Ernest Hemingway has been known as one of the most popular American authors to date. he does not fall short in this collection of short stories. Said to mirror Hemingway’s own life, The Nick Adams Stories are a collecti
Paul Cockeram
Jul 31, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Hemingway wrote stories that are good. He chose common words to name the lands of Michigan and the Midwest, he named their rivers and swamps and the fish that swim. He named the trees and hills and the people who hike, both the no-account types working for the government and the honest types just making their way and having a little fun. Sure this book has guns in it and yes many animals were harmed in the making of the stories. But nobody writes with more respect for nature. Nobody else’s stori ...more
Eddie Hodges
Jan 03, 2012 rated it it was amazing
It's funny, but I've never read a lot of Hemingway's work even though I've really enjoyed that I have read. The Nick Adams Stories is no exception; the writing, the characters, the scenic descriptions, these are all as good as it gets. This collection of short stories, inspired by Hemingways own life, follows a man named Nick Adams from his childhood to an adult man with a child of his own. I came away from this book feeling as though I knew Adams, as well as a few of his associates, personally. ...more
Apr 18, 2012 added it
Unlike most of Hemingway's writings, I liked this set of stories. Much of his other works are dark or too bohemian for my taste. I have read bits and pieces of the Nick Adams stories, out of sequence, over a number of years but just recently read the entire collection as assembled in this book.

Nick Adams, the hero of the stories, some say, is actually Hemingway, as he sees himself. Symbolism can be read into many of the scenes throughout the stories so it isn't a stretch to say that Hemingway i
Nov 29, 2008 rated it it was amazing
What a wonderful way to read these stories; you do appreciate them in a different way in sequence. The biggest surprise was "Last Good Country," an unfinished novella that's kind-of like Hemingway's attempt at a children's adventure story, that he stops writing just before it turns dark. I'd read "Father and Sons" before and it's just as haunting as I remember. It also prove how little was "simple" about Hemingway style. Suicide hangs over the whole thing, without that word ever being used. That ...more
Oct 27, 2016 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars. This is probably one of Hemingway's best books - up there with The Sun Also Rises and For Whom the Bell Tolls. What I love about this collection is that it puts all of the Nick Adams stories in chronological order which provides a lot more context. When you read them in their original collections, they often seem scattered and hard to understand. In this collection you see the synergies between the stories and how actions in one story impact the setting and emotions in another.

This co
Aug 08, 2010 rated it it was ok
It never ceases to amaze me the crud that teachers will subject their students to. This was my case in high school. I was forced to write numerous papers talking about how awesome this book was.

In reality Ernest Hemingway was a total Eeyore. Everything he writes is depressing and boring. It's crazy that every one applauds him as being such a realist. I feel sorry for anyone who sees life in that way.

I guess it's fine if you read a little Hemingway to broaden your horizons. Just be sure to read
Jun 10, 2009 rated it did not like it
To be honest, this book was poorly written, aand I would have expected more from such a famous author. The bridging from chapter to chapter was absent, and I often found myself confused. I don't think it has any redeeming qualities, so I stopped reading on about page 270. Worse still, it had so many swear words in every sentence (a VERY colorful vocabulary), that it could give you a heart attack. For a time we had to read it out loud, and we had to beep out words more than talk! I do not recomme ...more
It's quite a while since I read these stories (or at least some of them -- Big Two-Hearted River is the one that sticks in my mind) for a class in American Literature of the 1920s. I think my only Hemingway before that may have been The Old Man and the Sea which I didn't care for in 7th grade. The stories made me appreciate Hemingway's style much more. I'd say they are a good introduction before reading the novels.
May 01, 2016 rated it did not like it
I found these stories very tedious and self serving; I get that Hemmingway was obsessed with death and manliness but even the glorification of nature in the upper portions of Michigan couldn't capture my attention. Women are undeveloped characters and frankly nothing much happens. I can't believe that one paragraph could constitute a short story; where were the beginning, middle and ends of the tales. What the heck is the significance of the rabbit at the end of "On writing".
Mar 31, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: classics
Read it cover to cover for a Hemingway course. "Big Two-Hearted River" is still and always will be my favorite. I've yet to find a more lyrical, serene, heartbreaking short story. But they're all good.
Jun 09, 2014 rated it it was ok
This collection was quite disappointing. It was difficult to sympathize with the main character and many of the tales had no point at all. The descriptions of Nick's love of outdoor life were the only redeeming quality.
Cooper Renner
I read this long ago--late '90s maybe--and enjoyed it. I decided it was time to read it again. I've reread about half and may come back to finish it later, but for now it just doesn't seem as interesting as it did when I was younger.
Dec 26, 2008 rated it liked it
Shelves: classics
I have a paperback copy of this. These are Hemingway's early stories, vital to read for an understanding of his work, but not as developed or as powerful as some of his later stories. Three and a half stars from me.
Sep 20, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I've read many of the Nick Adams stories before, but never in the order as presented in this collection. This collection makes for a fascinating narrative. Nick is a wonderful character and the stories are powerful and understated. It's Hemingway at his absolute best. What more could you ask for?
Mohamad  Eqbali
Oct 29, 2016 rated it really liked it
Well-crafted accounts of his travels deep into American nature and other things. Published posthumously. A personal book for me.
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