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A Farewell to Arms (1929)

by Ernest Hemingway

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An unforgettable story of an American ambulance driver on the Italian front and his love for an English nurse.
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    Birdsong by Sebastian Faulks (PilgrimJess)
    PilgrimJess: This account comes from a character whom actually fought and so the events first hand.
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    Journey to the End of the Night by Louis-Ferdinand Céline (arthurfrayn)
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    A Soldier of the Great War by Mark Helprin (AmourFou)
    AmourFou: WWI Italian Front. Also great literature.
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    The Fifth Column and Four Stories of The Spanish Civil War by Ernest Hemingway (kxlly)
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I had to take a few days to process what I read because I flew through it over a rainy weekend. Given that I read it fast, I'm not sure I can say I devoured it out of enjoyment.

So the story itself is pretty interesting, the protagonist goes to war, gets injured and falls in love while he is healing. This is a plot line I can get on board with. However, the protagonist "falling in love" was somewhat unbelievable. None of his narration or thought processes illustrate an attachment to the characters. Even the people who he was closest to in the story - his surgeon friend and his wife - you can only tell that he cares for them from very terse sentences like "he is my dearest friend'. There isn't much in the way of actions that makes it seem like the protagonist cares for them. Sadly, Hemingway's struggle with alcoholism is very clear in this book. The protagonist is drinking on every page, and he is frequently smuggling more alcohol for those he's closest to.
Even his 'wife', who is supposed to care for his well-being, never really stops him from drinking at all times, even as they are fleeing the country. Their relationship was very strange to me, it also never felt genuine. People love in different ways, but this felt more like a romance of convenience and then they ended up just being stuck together. The two decided they were married just 'cause. Or at least that's how it felt from the description. They were sneaking around having sex every night in the hospital (she's a nurse) and it seems like they decided to call themselves husband and wife so they wouldn't feel so bad about breaking the rules. And then wouldn't you know she falls pregnant. Even though it's unplanned, they both seem unimpressed and unexcited by their situation. There were times reading that I forgot she was expecting because she was drinking all the time and they never mentioned it. They also referred to the baby as a 'thing' for a while, which only reinforced my feelings that they didn't care about starting a family together - it was just something that happened to them. And in the end when the tragedy occurs, it is hard to feel upset because only a few pages before does the protagonist really express feelings for his wife and child.


This was my first Hemingway, and in general I appreciated his writing style solely for it's originality. Some of the conversations were jarring at first but I found relaxing into it and imagining a group of people speaking made it much more understandable. The descriptions were wonderful and definitely one of my favorite parts. I will definitely give Hemingway another try, hopefully the characters have a little more depth in the next one. ( )
  hopebarton2014 | Jun 15, 2020 |
Dieser wohl berühmteste Roman Hemingways erschien 1929 und basiert auf seinen Erlebnissen als Freiwilliger im Ersten Weltkrieg. Als er ihn schrieb, war er dreißig Jahre alt, und der Roman wurde als das beste Buch über diesen Krieg gefeiert. Es begründete seinen Weltruhm. "In einem anderen Land" erzählt die Geschichte des amerikanischen Ambulanzfahrers Frederic Henry an der Isonzo-Front und seiner Leidenschaft für die schöne, aber empfindsame englische Krankenschwester Catherine Barkley – eine Liebe, die angesichts der Umstände, unter denen sie gedeiht, nur in einer Katastrophe enden kann. Den Roman zeichnet die meisterhafte erzählerische Leistung aus, dass er die Brutalität des Krieges und das zarte Spiel einer beginnenden Liebe auf erschreckend zwingende Weise miteinander verbindet. Daraus entsteht ein Drama von beinahe übermenschlicher Tragik und, da frei von jeglicher Sentimentalität, ein "wunderschönes, bewegendes und zutiefst menschliches Buch" (Vita Sackville-West).
  Fredo68 | May 14, 2020 |
I liked this book. It is a sad book, but nevertheless very readable.
The descriptions of the environment, the war, things that happen, the relationships between the various characters: I just enjoyed it. ( )
  BoekenTrol71 | Apr 28, 2020 |
Great story, incredible imagery and absolutely horrible dialogue. The short, choppy sentences with constantly repeated words made the characters all sound like they had a third-grade education. I'm sure there was some deep literary technique here that I just missed, but it really hurt the book. It was saved only by the storyline. ( )
  pmtracy | Dec 17, 2019 |
A love story during war time. This story takes place during World War I an American driving ambulances for the Italians, meets an English nurse and love is in bloom. Once again for me , this is a classic that I do not know why it is. Maybe it is just me. ( )
  foof2you | Dec 8, 2019 |
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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.
added by jjlong | editTime (Oct 14, 1929)
 
It is a moving and beautiful book.
 

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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Hemingway, Ernestprimary 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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There is a class that controls a country that is stupid and does not realize anything and never can. That is why we have this war.
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