A Farewell to Arms: The Hemingway Library Edition
Written when Ernest Hemingway was thirty years old and lauded as the best American novel to emerge from World War I, A Farewell to Arms is the unforgettable story of an American ambulance driver on the Italian front and his passion for a beautiful English nurse. Set against the looming horrors of... show more
Written when Ernest Hemingway was thirty years old and lauded as the best American novel to emerge from World War I, A Farewell to Arms is the unforgettable story of an American ambulance driver on the Italian front and his passion for a beautiful English nurse. Set against the looming horrors of the battlefield—weary, demoralized men marching in the rain during the German attack on Caporetto; the profound struggle between loyalty and desertion—this gripping, semiautobiographical work captures the harsh realities of war and the pain of lovers caught in its inexorable sweep. Ernest Hemingway famously said that he rewrote the ending to A Farewell to Arms thirty-nine times to get the words right. This edition collects all of the alternative endings together for the first time, along with early drafts of other essential passages, offering new insight into Hemingway’s craft and creative process and the evolution of one of the greatest novels of the twentieth century. Featuring Hemingway’s own 1948 introduction to an illustrated reissue of the novel, a personal foreword by the author’s son Patrick Hemingway, and a new introduction by the author’s grandson Seán Hemingway, this edition of A Farewell to Arms is truly a celebration.
Publish date: July 10th 2012
Pages no: 352
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...