The Man Without a Country by Edward Everett Hale

The Man Without a Country by Edward Everett Hale is a short story about Army Lieutenant Philip Nolan who says he wishes to never hear of the United States again during his trial for treason. His wish is granted and he becomes a man without a country. He lives on a ship and no one is allowed to talk with him about the United States or even mention his former country in his presence. By the end of his life he wants nothing more than to have news of the country he once despised, but realizes too late that he loves.

The story is okay. It’s very slow and a bit boring to read. The ending is decent and bittersweet. It reads very fast since it is so short (around 50 pages) so it is worth reading, but definitely not a must-read.

3 (out of 5) Stars

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