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The Nick Adams stories were my favorite of the collection because I got to know Nick through the reading I started to understand Nick and I could anticipate the actions and feelings that he was feeling I am not sure if this is because I became familiar with Nick or because I have done many of the things Nick has done and was able to understand what he was doingBig Two-Hearted River Part I and II were the most enjoyable short stories of the ones I read The language that Hemingway uses is ideally suited for describing Nicks activities by the river Hemingways simple declarative sentences are all that is needed to convey the wonderful scene of Nick struggling with his pack setting up his tent and cooking his food I have also done all the things that Nick was doing by the river and I was able to understand his satisfaction at pulling up a sound tent Little sentences like He was careful not to let the hook bite into his finger convey so much meaning to anyone who has ever tried to tighten a fishing hook on a line that you can only help but nod your head in agreementI must admit that despite not being at the center of your course I could not help but think of how much Hemingways content was influenced by his life Many of the stories like The Doctor and the Doctors Wife were based directly on personal experiences of Hemingways life Since it is not the focus of your course I am trying to just accepted the content and concentrate more on writing style and the way Hemingway writes something I have found it difficult to pay close attention to both the story and the writing at the same time and have had to reread several timesThe Three-Day Blow offered an interesting irony to the title In Our Time but maybe it is just my jaded
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