A Farewell to Arms

A Farewell to Arms

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By turns romantic and harshly realistic, Hemingway's story of a tragic romance set against the brutality and confusion of World War I cemented his fame as a stylist and as a writer of extraordinary literary power. A volunteer ambulance driver and a beautiful English nurse fall in love when he is wounded on the Italian front. 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. Hemingway's frank portrayal of the love between Lieutenant Henry and Catherine Barkley, caught in the inexorable sweep of war, glows with an intensity unrivaled in modern literature, while his description of the German attack on Caporetto -- of lines of fired men marching in the rain, hungry, weary, and demoralized -- is one of the greatest moments in literary history. A story of love and pain, of loyalty and desertion, A Farewell to Arms, written when he was 30 years old, represents a new romanticism for Hemingway.
Publisher: New York : Scribner Classics, 1997, c1957
Edition: 1st Scribner Classics ed. --
ISBN: 9780684837888
0684837889
Branch Call Number: FIC HEMIN

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johnstonmk
Apr 15, 2017

When I read this book as a teenager, I couldn't understand the characters or the writing style or the dialogue. But I read it again for a lit class in my senior year of undergrad, and I was moved to tears. Being able to understand this as a wartime novel, being able to decipher the character choices and motives, I was overwhelmed by the sadness and desperation for normalcy that both of these characters feel. Not everyone likes Hemingway's style, and that's understandable, but it must be acknowledged that he was capable of crafting incredible, human stories.

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bbock291
Nov 30, 2016

If considering for an elective book report, the text is easy to follow. The content (war and human suffering) might be disturbing for younger readers. Parental consent where appropriate.

TSCPL_ChrisB Jun 03, 2016

A Farewell to Arms is a tremendous novel. It employs Hemingway's signature simplicity, but it is not as simple as I remember Hemingway's other works being. He used elegant language and description more freely, but never more than you'd expect from Hemingway. This blend makes for a wonderful novel, a novel that lets the story and the characters speak for themselves. It is well-casted, well-plotted, and paced perfectly. It is thrilling and heartbreaking.

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bradleyhewittk
Jul 05, 2015

If you have seen the movie Silver Linings Playbook, you may recall a scene where the protagonist, so frustrated with the ending of Ernest Hemingway's A Farewell to Arms, ends up chucking the classic novel out the attic window of his parents house. After finishing this novel, I can sort of relate to that frustration.

This novel concerns a man named Lieutenant Henry, who works as an ambulance driver in the Italian Army during WWI. Each day he's on duty is a struggle to stay alive. It's not all so bad though, after Henry meets a nurse named Catherine Barkley, who he falls in love with over time. Hope for their future together fuels Henry through the hardships he comes to face in the war.

I don't really want to spoil anything here, despite the fact that the novel came out in 1929, so I'll just say that Henry cant seem to catch a break through the whole novel. It's pretty devastating at points.

While the material is pretty heavy, this couldn't be an simpler book to read. This is the first book I've read by Hemingway, and I have to say, I really dig this dude's style. The writing is pretty straightforward and to the point. Hemingway makes his material very easy for his audience to digest. I, for one, appreciate that.

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Greenblum
Dec 01, 2014

great story about the italian front during WW1. great love story. sharply written-no nonsense approach - the usual great crisp Hemingway style

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Musiclover19
Sep 29, 2014

This is not your average war story- the narrator is not a soldier, but a taxi driver, and eventually, not even that. However, the story still touches on important themes of death, coping, and relationships.
Hemingway's writing is very straightforward- and if you like flowery language, this might be a bit dull for you.
Personally, I enjoyed the no-nonsense writing, though I did not become particularly attached to Catherine.

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mhmiller
Jul 27, 2014

above detail description obviously miscategorized

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AllieTaylor
Apr 08, 2014

I'm a fairly voracious reader and somehow this book had always passed me by so I decided to catch it up. I cannot believe that this is considered a classic. All right, from time to time, the writing is excellent but overall I would have to say that the plot is puerile and the writing is generally infantile. I can think of at least half a dozen books that will give someone a better taste and feel of the First World War: for a Canadian experience, try The Wars (Findley); for a German outlook, All Quiet on the Western Front (Remarque). Additionally, I'd recommend Birdsong (Faulkes) and Regeneration (Barker), and don't forget to read Dr Zhivago (Pasternak)!. And that's saying nothing about the tons of wonderful poetry...

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lindadavid43
Feb 09, 2013

This book sounds beautiful read aloud--share it with a partner or friend this way!

brianreynolds Apr 27, 2012

Hemingway's <i>A Farewell to Arms</i> is an interesting depiction of love and war at the WWI Italian Front in Austria in spite of or maybe because of his sparse, objective sentences and heavy reliance on conversation that is annoyingly patrician in tone. A picture is drawn of an American ambulance diver interacting with his comrades and an English nurse. There is high drama as the front collapses and his retreat turns into a desertion, as his girlfriend becomes pregnant and the couple face a disastrous pregnancy. But depiction and drama are elements of a story, not a story in and of itself. If the story was: soldier manages to wise up to the futility or horror of armed conflict and extricate himself, then the subsequent deaths of mother and child do not just confuse the successful escape, they undercut any sense that a problem has been solved or a true hero has prevailed. If the story was: in the midst of war a love affair ends tragically, then why are the deaths so random, why do they have nothing to do with the war or anything else in the story? Why are the impediments to the love story so huge and yet overcome with such ease? Basically the affair is a "nodoubter" from the start--until the very strange end. Whether or not <i>A Farewell</i> is a "classic," it doesn't have a plot that makes much sense to me.

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TSCPL_ChrisB Jun 06, 2016

The world breaks every one and afterward many are strong at the broken places.

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Musiclover19
Sep 29, 2014

If people bring so much courage to the world, the world has to kill them to break them, so of course it kills them. The world breaks everyone and many are stronger at the broken places. But those it will not break it kills. It kills the very good and the very gentle and the very brave impartially. If you are none of these, you can be sure it will kill you too but there will be no special hurry.

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bbock291
Nov 30, 2016

bbock291 thinks this title is suitable for 14 years and over

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