A Farewell to Arms

A Farewell to Arms

Book - 1969
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Publisher: New York : Charles Scribner's Sons, c1969.
Characteristics: 332 pages

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jackwill_0
Apr 12, 2021

Seriously the worst ending I think I've ever read. Not sure what the big deal is about Hemingway, this book is depressing.

CMLibrary_DJeffrey Apr 08, 2021

Bradley Cooper's reaction in Silver Linings Playbook was accurate and justified.

A lieutenant driving an ambulance? That's a corporal's job.

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dejesusa1
Mar 17, 2021

Exhausting and well written. Hemingway's use of language to describe the most brutal acts of war are poised and humiliating.

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Sborn33
Feb 08, 2021

Another timeless classic by Hemmingway, true to the Iceberg Style he made famous, Ernest uses the story to portrait Frederic Henry, providing an intimate understanding of the protagonist, an American ambulance driver serving in the Italian army during the First World War.

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jaglowgla82
Dec 21, 2020

A Farewell to Arms, is a combination of a great book that will break your heart.

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Sarah Kreuzer
Nov 14, 2020

Such a lovely book. Probably one of my favorite of all time.

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ellisonlambo
Sep 14, 2020

About an American who evidently volunteered to drive an ambulance during WWI in Italy. A shell goes off nearby where he is located so he goes to a hospital to recover. There he has relations with a naughty nurse till preggers.

He returns to the front and there is a retreat, officers such as himself are being shot so he escapes like James Bond and relocates his gal.

He hears he may get arrested for being AWOL so they decided to row boat to the safety of the Swiss.

Slow early, picks up. Swearing. Feels like junior high level writing, menu/wine list data.

IndyPL_RyanD Apr 01, 2020

A Farewell to Arms is great in its depictions of war and aspects of Italy’s experience during World War I. Some of the most riveting parts of the novel are when the main character in the book, Frederic Henry, is on or near the front lines. The depiction of the Italian Army’s retreat during the Battle of Caporetto and the collapse of discipline within the ranks of the Italian Army are highlights of the book.

Another interesting aspect of the book is the developing love between Henry and British nurse Catherine Barkley and the heartbreak that can come from relationships and death. Hemingway’s descriptions of the mountains and valleys of Italy and the mountains of Switzerland are good and can help the reader form a good picture of the setting and beauty of the countryside.

A drawback of the novel is that the dialog between some of the characters can be a little hard to follow. There are parts of conversation in the story where it is confusing as to which character is doing the talking. Some of the dialog between characters is a little boring at times as well. This book is an interesting read for those who like classic literature and want a combination of a tragic love story and a representation of war.

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OGarima
Mar 11, 2020

If you've never read the book, beware of the Hemingway library edition. There are several introductions and one of them has spoilers in it. Major plot points are revealed by Hemingway's grandson.

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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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