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A Farewell to Arms by Ernest Hemingway
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A Farewell to Arms (1929)

by Ernest Hemingway

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The book isn't about the story it tells but about the feelings it evokes. Everything in it tells about the irrational and unexplainable in war. As I see it, the second part relaivizes this view by showing life in much the same way - which sort of takes away the power of the message.
  Kindlegohome | Mar 9, 2019 |
My least favorite of Papa's major novels. It merits mention fo rbeing a conversation starter. I was reading this in a pub and was approached by a guy. He proved to be a nutter. I didn't know that then. He approached, pointed to my book and began rambling about how Hemingway and Hunter Thompson understood the essence of things (this was years before Thompson's suicide) and that their lives of excess were a just a relief for their clairty. That is my paraphrase. I wound up talking to the guy for hours and drinking a deal of beeer. I have seen him twice since then. He doesn't appear to remember me. ( )
  jonfaith | Feb 22, 2019 |
Literary love and war story from parts of Hemingway's life. Catherine (real life Agnes Von Kurowsky) is a nurse that cared for Henry (An American ambulance driver/paramedic in the Italian army). They fell in love and despite the war and treachery and running away, they stay together. Ending catches the reader off guard and hurts you. But overall I like his descriptions of characters and places. Since Hemingway writes what he lives, every sentence is real and you believe him. I found this book's style less manly or macho than "The Snows of Kilimanjaro and other stories", therefore I liked it more. I find Catherine a total fiction and only reason she is this "ideal" woman is because he didn't get to live too long with Agnes Von Kurowsky. ( )
  soontobefree | Feb 6, 2019 |
Woof - what a depressing book in many ways. I had a love/hate relationship with this book while reading it. The writing style of short and to the point sentences was both appealing and frustrating. I felt that it made the characters a bit too one dimensional, but at the same time helped give a matter-of-factness to the war and the people living through it. I am glad I read this, my first Hemingway, and feel like I understand the point of the hopelessness of war and life of the time. ( )
  msaucier818 | Apr 9, 2018 |
I did not enjoy this book as much as I was expecting to. The main characters were just odd. Neither one of them seemed to have any emotion. Catherine displayed emotion, but in odd ways, about odd things, and in a really repetitive manner. I didn't feel anything when she died, because she didn't seem like a real person to me. She was almost like a robot. Henry hardly had any emotion either. Even when he was severely wounded, it was like he didn't even care. I was expecting a lot more "feels" for a book about a wartime romance. ( )
  Aseleener | Mar 24, 2018 |
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In its sustained, inexorable movement, its throbbing preoccupation with flesh and blood and nerves rather than the fanciful fabrics of intellect, it fulfills the prophecies that his most excited admirers have made about Ernest Hemingway... in its depiction of War, the novel bears comparison with its best predecessors. But it is in the hero's perhaps unethical quitting of the battle line to be with the woman whom he has gotten with child that it achieves its greatest significance.
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It is a moving and beautiful book.
 

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Hemingway, ErnestAuthorprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Bleck, CathieCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Bradbury, MalcolmIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Ford, Ford MadoxIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Hemingway, PatrickForewordsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Hemingway, SeánIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Renner, LouisTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Schuck, MaryCover designersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Vranken, KatjaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Warren, Robert PennIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed

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In the late summer of that year we lived in a house in a village that looked across the river and the plain to the mountains.
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As a youth of 18, Ernest Hemingway was eager to fight in the Great War. Poor vision kept him out of the army, so he joined the ambulance corps instead and was sent to France. Then he transferred to Italy where he became the first American wounded in that country during World War I. Hemingway came out of the European battlefields with a medal for valor and a wealth of experience that he would, 10 years later, spin into literary gold with A Farewell to Arms. This is the story of Lieutenant Henry, an American, and Catherine Barkley, a British nurse. The two meet in Italy, and almost immediately Hemingway sets up the central tension of the novel: the tenuous nature of love in a time of war. During their first encounter, Catherine tells Henry about her fiancé of eight years who had been killed the year before in the Somme. Explaining why she hadn't married him, she says she was afraid marriage would be bad for him, then admits:
I wanted to do something for him. You see, I didn't care about the other thing and he could have had it all. He could have had anything he wanted if I would have known. I would have married him or anything. I know all about it now. But then he wanted to go to war and I didn't know.
The two begin an affair, with Henry quite convinced that he "did not love Catherine Barkley nor had any idea of loving her. This was a game, like bridge, in which you said things instead of playing cards." Soon enough, however, the game turns serious for both of them and ultimately Henry ends up deserting to be with Catherine.

Hemingway was not known for either unbridled optimism or happy endings, and A Farewell to Arms, like his other novels (For Whom the Bell Tolls, The Sun Also Rises, and To Have and Have Not), offers neither. What it does provide is an unblinking portrayal of men and women behaving with grace under pressure, both physical and psychological, and somehow finding the courage to go on in the face of certain loss. --Alix Wilber

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An American officer in the Italian ambulance corps and an English Red Cross nurse find love on the battlefield during WW I.

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