A Farewell to Arms
In 1918 Ernest Hemingway went to war, to the 'war to end all wars'. He volunteered for ambulance service in Italy, was wounded and twice decorated. Out of his experience came A Farewell to Arms. Hemingway's description of war is unforgettable. He recreates the fear, the comradeship, the courage... show more
In 1918 Ernest Hemingway went to war, to the 'war to end all wars'. He volunteered for ambulance service in Italy, was wounded and twice decorated. Out of his experience came A Farewell to Arms. Hemingway's description of war is unforgettable. He recreates the fear, the comradeship, the courage of his young American volunteer, and the men and women he meets in Italy, with total conviction. But A Farewell to Arms is not only a novel of war. In it Hemingway has also created a love story of immense drama and uncompromising passion.
Publish date: February 1st 2000
Publisher: Amereon Limited
Pages no: 336
Edition language: English
, Historical Fiction
, Classic Literature
, 20th Century
If there is such a thing as chick lit then this novel is the polar opposite, man lit. I should have been reading this novel in a high back chair in some hunting chalet near the roaring fire with a single malt whiskey on ice. The testosterone almost jumped off the page. While I read, I kept thinking ...
Alas, The Old Man and the Sea goes unchallenged as my favourite Hemingway. While Farewell has some exceptional excerpts, most of them about war and how soldiers feel towards it, Hemingway can't write romance. I feel it's because he can't write a creditable woman (except maybe Pilar from For Whom t...
A Farewell to Arms is one of those novels I've been meaning to read for the longest time. I think I avoided it when I was younger because I thought it'd be a flowery, sappy love story. Obviously, this was before I started to read the short stories of Hemingway, because otherwise I would've known bet...
Not bad but disappointing considering the reputation that Hemingway commands. The characters all seemed excessively one dimensional. While I understand the desire to avoid detours into internal thought, these characters appeared to have no internal thoughts at all. The protagonist felt like nothing ...
An American serving as an ambulance manager in the Italian army during WWI narrates his experience. Hemingway, as ever, writes in the moment, in hard clear sentences, allowing no author-signs, no commentary, no corruption of the lean, linear path of Henry's consciousness. This style might allow ambi...