The Hemingway Bibliography
 

Title

Man Cannot Live by Dry Flies Alone: Fly Rods, Grasshoppers, and an Adaptive Catholicity in Hemingway’s "Big Two-Hearted River"

Document Type

Book Chapter

Citation

Fleming, Robert, ed. Hemingway and the Natural World. Moscow: University of Idaho Press, 1999.

Annotation

Reading through a Catholic lens, Cremean argues for the ultimate unity between the physical and the spiritual within Hemingway’s two-part short story. Draws on Jake Barnes and the sacred code of fly fishing in The Sun Also Rises to illustrate Nick Adams’s crossroads between youth and manhood as well as his spiritual impoverishment. Further argues that a collective reading of “Big Two-Hearted River” with “Now I Lay Me” and “A Way You’ll Never Be” shows Nick’s need for a fishing ritual that will help him “regain his physical, mental, emotional, moral, and spiritual equilibrium.”

Date

1999

Pages

31-44

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