Hemingway after his injury during WWI.

“Hemingway reads like he wrote for ten-year-olds.”

Those words came years ago from a student of mine, a high school senior, and I understood why. We were reading Ernest Hemingway’s “The Big Two Hearted River,” the story of a young American man, Nick Adams, trying to put himself back together after returning in a shattered state from WWI. Nick hikes into the wilderness to find tranquility. Here, Hemingway describes how Nick has just finished setting up his camp: