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Words without Sentiment,
By A Customer
This review is from: In Our Time (Paperback)
These stories are very honest and deceptively simple, though a great weight is always underneath every story. About Hemingway as a young man mostly, disguised as Nick Adam's. Nick is from the country, he is educated, he has experienced war, and is through with everything. Nothing means anything to him anymore, not religion, the world he grew up in, all of it nauseates him, and he doesn't sentimentalise his state of mind, because he is through with sentiment. Sentiment only pretends that nothing is wrong. So this is the theme that emerges in many of the stories. What to do in a world that means nothing to you. What should you do? Well do nothing and be nothing and go fishing. This is a negative attitude and Nick is fully, consciously aware of his situation, and honest about it as well.
They are very beautiful and profoundly honest stories, and I'm pretty sure we all feel like Nick Adam's from time to time in our time!