Recovery from the Great War: Pastoral Space in J. L. Carr’s A Month in the Country and Ernest Hemingway’s "Big Two-Hearted River"
Compares Hemingway’s short story to Carr’s 1980 novel, noting similarities in each author’s use of the pastoral tradition to heal the psychological trauma of World War I. While both protagonists make their separate peace with the war, their distinct identification with place, Hemingway’s sacred river and Carr’s enduring English village, point to vastly different themes. For Carr, the redemptive memory of the past gives his protagonist strength to face the future but for Nick Adams the past points to a future haunted by menace and death.
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