A Farewell to Arms

A Farewell to Arms

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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
Edition: 1st Scribner classics ed
ISBN: 9780684837888
0684837889
Branch Call Number: CF HEMINGWAY
Characteristics: 297 p. ; 25 cm

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An American ambulance driver falls for a beautiful English nurse. Inspired by Ernest Hemingway's own experiences during WWI, "A Farewell to Arms" is the classic American novel of WWI.

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pataustin11
Aug 14, 2019

A Farewell to Arms is absolutely worth reading. It is the story of how war costs people their humanity, and how temporary all things might be. Hemingway is known for being a "plain" writer who puts great meaning in each word, and this is very clear in this book. It could be a challenging book for younger or infrequent readers, to follow the various themes, but it is absolutely worth the effort. The protagonist is made to experience war and Italy at the behest of others, it is the story of a person struggling for autonomy and the significance of choice.

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fraserdamoff
Dec 17, 2018

My second Hemingway read, this one did not disappoint. Compared to other Hemingway novels I did find the start of the book and character development took a bit longer than 'For Whom The Bell Tolls' but in the end you could truly feel the emotions and actions of the Italian front. War buffs will love this read!

HCL_featured Sep 19, 2018

"Banned in Italy (1929) because of its painfully accurate account of the Italian retreat from Caporetto, Italy." from www.ala.org American Library Association

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Stuart_William
Aug 14, 2018

I grew up a bad m/f. Real bad. But, let me tell you... this book is a strong and powerful piece of literature. I have read it about 1/2 dozen times throughout my life, and every time I read this book I find myself fighting tears throughout the last pages of this classic. Giving me these emotions is not something easy to do. Ernest Hemingway is the baddest.

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gomiami1972
Jun 15, 2018

You must enjoy Hemingway's writing style to appreciate this novel. If you do, A Farewell to Arms is worth reading...an interesting perspective on the state of the Italian military machine during World War I. If you don't enjoy Hemingway's writing, don't be sucked in to reading this just because you are a war buff. With Ernest, it's all or nothing.

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alvand21
Apr 21, 2018

A great novel in the classic Hemingway writing style that helped me get a better understanding of World War 1. The story is interesting enough to follow, and the war-action bits keep you on your toes at times. It's a love story, and a bit mushy at times, but nonetheless full of passion, sacrifice etc. Recommend to anyone interested in a historical fiction or an easy read!

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CGGanga
Apr 16, 2018

I hate this book. I am in the process of reading it as my best friends Dad gave it to him to read.

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Smac11
Mar 20, 2018

Hemingway has a very distinct style that some really love and others despise. This book isn't the most uplifting story, but I thought it was an interesting commentary on WWI. I also like Hemingway's subtle humor.

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Olgalevin
Dec 14, 2017

Just finished this story. It definitely painted a picture of Hemingway's time in the war, an abumlance driver, and the woman he first fell in love with rather more realistically. Yet, because not so much is known about the WWI nurse who stole his heart, I see the fiction side of it. Honestly, this is the very first time I read a story that has a rather sad ending. But yet an ending that seems to be open to interpretation to the reader. I do wonder if he ever reconnected with this mysterious nurse he fell in love with years after WWI.

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backoffbugaloo
Nov 29, 2017

this is perhaps the primary example of Hem's idealization of women. there's alot to wade through here on the way to the long run on sentence which ends the novel. many at the time classified ernie as a 'realist'---as opposed to a 'romantic' (like fitzgerald) writer. well, i for one think this needs to be revaluated. too bad his marriage to an equally talented martha gellhorn, did not last (both were too busy working ).

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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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