Monday, July 20, 2009


The back of the book reads:

The best American novel to emerge out of World War I, A Farewell to Arms is the unforgettable story of an American ambulance driver on the Italian front and his love 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 tired men marching in the rain, hungry, weary, and demoralized--bears comparison to Stendhal's depiction of the retreat from Waterloo. A story of love and pain, of loyalty and desertion, of serene beauty amidst a world of chaos, A Farewell to Arms represents a new romanticism for Hemingway. Richer in language, more subtle in expression, and emotionally astute, it also symbolizes Hemingway's farewell, as Malcolm Cowley remarked, to an attitude, a time, and a literary method. Published when Hemingway was just thirty, it conformed his stature as the greatest single influence on the American short story and novel.

As for me, Jolene, I enjoyed it. The pace of the story kept me engaged, the writing style was short, clipped, and direct, but that worked for me. A very teary Hemingway ending!

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