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.