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, c1929
Edition: 1st Scribner classics ed
ISBN: 9780684837888
Branch Call Number: HEMINGWA E
PS3515.E37 F3 1997
Characteristics: 297 p. ; 25 cm


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Hemingway served as an ambulance driver during the war and based the novel on his wartime experiences.

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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.

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.

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.

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 ).

Oct 23, 2017

Ernest Hemingway’s classic A Farewell to Arms displays the commonalities of war and love. Frederic Henry is an American man serving in the Italian army as an ambulance driver whose character develops through his views on the raging war and his romantic involvement with Catherine Barkley, an English nurse. Caught amidst merciless slaughter, despair, comradeship, and love, Henry’s feelings towards his surroundings transform in a very realistic way. Hemingway’s prose is delightful to read and enhances the effectiveness of the story. Furthermore, the dialogues and descriptions of settings are thorough and enjoyable. Throughout the narrative, thematic elements pertaining to war and love are beautifully demonstrated. Powerful, historical, and definitely worth reading!
- @VirtueofReading of the Teen Review Board of the Hamilton Public Library

JCLMattC Oct 03, 2017

World War I romance between Frederic Henry and Catherine Barkley. The love affair between Catherine and Frederic is a little ham-handed and forced. Sometimes it made me think of how people in a desperate situation, faced with war and death at every turn, might fall in love. Other times it felt a little dry and silly. Still, the language around it was rich and it felt like a classic. If you can get past some of the cheese, you arrive at a brilliant war story, one of the great ones.

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.

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.

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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TSCPL_ChrisB Jun 06, 2016

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

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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