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Title

Nick Adams's Interior Monologues in Hemingway's "A Way You'll Never Be"

Author

John Beall

Document Type

Article

Citation

Beall, John. "Nick Adams's Interior Monologues in Hemingway's 'A Way You'll Never Be'." The Hemingway Review 40, no. 2 (Spring 2021): 94-115.

Annotation

As Hemingway wrote to his editor, maxwell Perkins, he once thought "A Way You'll Never Be" would give his collection, Winner Take Noting, an action-packed tale. Instead, the story became what Hemingway described as a "hell of a difficult one." At the center of its difficulty and its power are interior monologues from the viewpoint of Nick Adams, who veers between memoires of battles on the Italian front, memories of Paris, and dreams centered on a yellow house. In order to understand Nick's monologues, this essay explores four allusions in the story-to an Italian battle cry ("Savoia"), to a "teleferica," to Parisian night scenes, and to a yellow house. Hemingway competed a story whose difficulties are central to its powerful portrait of Nick's struggle for self-command.

Published in

The Hemingway Review

Volume

40

Issue

2

Date

Spring 2021

Pages

94-115

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