A Farewell to Arms by Ernest HemingwayA 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 - the 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 his ending to A Farewell to Arms thirty-nine times to get the words right.
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A Farewell to Arms
Fortunate indeed is the publisher, all too rare in the 21st century, that not only bears a name distinguished in the annals of literature but has inherited a glorious list of books that it had the honor to publish. The house of Scribner, now part of a large conglomerate, still carries its proud individual name and can bring out a new edition, suitably annotated, of one of the greatest books it has ever published. Seeing this new edition of the great classic novel, with the very same cover that adorned it back in , is somehow moving; how much more so it must be for its publisher then and now. Written shortly after another equally but differently terrible global conflict, it seethes with his hatred of war. But it radiates something else as well, a different kind of passion — for creativity, for writing, for spinning the gold of literature out of his experience:. Making the country and the people and the things that happened I was happier than I had ever been. Each day I read the book through from the beginning to the point where I went on writing and each day I stopped when I was still going good and when I knew what would happen next.
More than 45 years ago I minored in English literature majoring in philosophy. As part of the requirement for a minor I wrote a major paper at the end. I chose to write on the novels and at least some of the short stories of Ernest Hemingway. I no longer have that paper, nor even remember my central argument. I do recall that after writing analyses of each novel and the chosen stories, then surveying a significant parcel of secondary sources, I wrote some sort of critical paean to Ernest Hemingway as stylist. I went to the opening at a local St.
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A Farewell to Arms Review
He deserts following the Italian retreat after the Battle of Caporetto. They flee to Switzerland where Catherine and her baby die during childbirth. Now I'll be the first to admit that, not only am I not a romantic, I'm an anti Romantic. Trouble arises because this book is faux romantic and truly Romantic. By faux romantic, I mean that Hemingway has written an imitation of a love story.
There is something so complete in Mr Hemingway's achievement in A Farewell to Arms that one is left speculating as to whether another novel will follow in this manner, and whether it does not complete both a period and a phase. The story starts brilliantly with the love-making between the young American hero, Henry, a volunteer in the Italian Ambulance Service, and Catherine Barkley, an English nurse in the British hospital at Goritzia. There is subtle feminine charm in the Englishwoman's response to the man, who, at first, is just amusing himself, but the affair soon develops into real passion. Henry, whose good relations with the Italian officers in his mess are drawn with delightful freshness, is wounded, with a smashed knee in a night assault near Plava, and is sent down from the field hospital to the American hospital at Milan, where he is the first case, and here Miss Barkley gets a transfer to nurse him. All the descriptions of life at the front and in the hospitals, the talk of the officers, privates, and doctors, are crisply natural and make a convincing narrative, though the hero is perhaps already a little too mature and experienced.