The Nice, the Strange, and the Wicked

Nicole Camastra

in Key West Hemingway

Published by University Press of Florida

Published in print August 2009 | ISBN: 9780813033556
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780813038353 | DOI:
The Nice, the Strange, and the Wicked

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This chapter demonstrates how Hemingway drew from South Florida history in constructing specific allusions to the state's homesteading history in his little-known story “The Strange Country.” “The Strange Country” is an amalgam of three landscapes in particular—the nice country, the strange country, and the wicked country—each designated and named by Roger as he navigates them with his new lover, Helena. His journey demonstrates the layering of idealistic possibility in these three terrains: first, through his depiction of place and past; and second, through his inability to drive away from the reality and personal resonance that these environments imply.

Keywords: South Florida; Strange Country; terrain; Ernest Hemingway; wicked country

Chapter.  6560 words. 

Subjects: Literary Studies (20th Century onwards)

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