A Farewell to Arms

A Farewell to Arms is a Kindle I feel like awarding the great Hemingway only two stars has officially consigned me to the seventh circle of literary hell But I must be honest By this w

A Farewell to Arms is a Kindle I feel like awarding the great Hemingway only two stars has officially consigned me to the seventh circle of literary hell. But I must be honest. By this website's criteria two stars indicates that a book is "okay" - and to me that describes this work perfectly.Hemingway himself is undeniably gifted. I love his succinct style (though at times it degenerates to downright caveman-speak), his honest diction and his wonderful sense of humor. That being said, he gets away with utterly ignoring most rules of writing - which I admire at times, but let's face it, some of those rules are there for a REASON. This book is overflowing with extreme run-on sentences, constant use of qualifiers (I think "very" might actually be his VERY favorite word), adjectives (even NOUNS!) used four or five times in the same paragraph, and long stretches of dialogue involving more than two speakers with absolutely no indication of who is saying what (if I hadn't been reading a library book, I would have color-coded the darn thing!) And besides style, the story itself just didn't grab me. I didn't give two farts about the self-absorbed, unthinking, unfeeling protagonist or his codependent, psychologically damaged doormat of a girlfriend. This is NOT a love story. In fact, I feel sorry for anyone who thinks it is. Men who hate women are incapable of writing love stories. And for the life of me, I can't derive a theme - or even a general POINT - to this book... unless mayhap it is "stupid, senseless tragedy happens sometimes to people you don't care about." I did feel like crying several times while reading, though... but only because of the mention of alcohol on almost every page of text... I could literally HEAR Hemingway drinking himself to death. It broke my heart.CRAP WE LET HIM GET AWAY WITH BECAUSE HE'S HEMINGWAY:"We walked to the door and I saw her go in and down the hall. I liked to watch her move. She went on down the hall. I went on home. It was a hot night and there was a good deal going on up in the mountains. I watched the flashes on San Gabriele. I stopped in front of the Villa Rossa. The shutters were up but it was still going on inside. Somebody was singing. I went on home." (FOR THE LOVE WILL SOMEBODY HELP THIS GUY GET HOME????)"I came up onto a road. Ahead I saw some troops coming down the road. I limped along the side of the road and they passed me and paid no attention to me. They were a machine-gun detachment going up toward the river. I went on down the road." (FOR THE LOVE WILL SOMEBODY HELP THIS GUY GO ON DOWN THE ROAD???)And now that I've slammed him so hard, here is a glimpse at the genius that allows him to get away with it all.FAVORITE QUOTES:"If people bring so much courage to this world the world has to kill them to break them, so of course it kills them. The world breaks every one and afterward many are strong at the broken places. But those that 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.""They were beaten to start with. They were beaten when they took them from their farms and put them in the army. That is why the peasant has wisdom, because he is defeated from the start. Put him in power and see how wise he is.""The coward dies a thousand deaths, the brave but one... Who said it?... He was probably a coward. He knew a great deal about cowards but nothing about the brave. The brave dies perhaps two thousand deaths if he's intelligent. He simply doesn't mention them.""Life isn't hard to manage when you've nothing to lose.""I was blown up while we were eating cheese."AND MY FAVORITE SCENE: (His friend Rinaldi begins the dialogue)"Loan me fifty lire."I dried my hands and took out my pocket-book from the inside of my tunic hanging on the wall. Rinaldi took the note, folded it without rising from the bed and slid it in his breeches pocket. He smiled, "I must make on Miss Barkley the impression of a man of sufficient wealth. You are my great and good friend and financial protector.""Go to hell," I said.. In 1918 Ernest Hemingway went to war, to the war to end all wars He volunteered for ambulance service in Italy, was wounded, and twice decorated Out of his experiences came A Farewell to Arms Hemingway s description of war is unforgettable He recreates the fear, the comradeship, the courage of his young American volunteer, and the men and women he meets in Italy with tIn 1918 Ernest Hemingway went to war, to the war to end all wars He volunteered for ambulance service in Italy, was wounded, and twice decorated Out of his experiences came A Farewell to Arms Hemingway s description of war is unforgettable He recreates the fear, the comradeship, the courage of his young American volunteer, and the men and women he meets in Italy with total conviction But A Farewell to Arms is not only a novel of war In it, Hemingway has also created a love story of immense drama and uncompromising passion.. Popular Books A Farewell to Arms The old joke proves itself upon reading.Q: Why did the chicken cross the road?A (Hemingway): To die. In the rain.
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  1. Ernest Miller Hemingway was an American author and journalist His economical and understated style had a strong influence on 20th century fiction, while his life of adventure and his public image influenced later generations Hemingway produced most of his work between the mid 1920s and the mid 1950s, and won the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1954 He published seven novels, six short story collections and two non fiction works Three novels, four collections of short stories and three non fiction works were published posthumously Many of these are considered classics of American literature.Hemingway was raised in Oak Park, Illinois After high school he reported for a few months for The Kansas City Star, before leaving for the Italian front to enlist with the World War I ambulance drivers In 1918, he was seriously wounded and returned home His wartime experiences formed the basis for his novel A Farewell to Arms In 1922, he married Hadley Richardson, the first of his four wives The couple moved to Paris, where he worked as a foreign correspondent, and fell under the influence of the modernist writers and artists of the 1920s Lost Generation expatriate community The Sun Also Rises, Hemingway s first novel, was published in 1926.After his 1927 divorce from Hadley Richardson, Hemingway married Pauline Pfeiffer They divorced after he returned from Spanish Civil War where he had acted as a journalist, and after which he wrote For Whom the Bell Tolls Martha Gellhorn became his third wife in 1940 They separated when he met Mary Welsh in London during World War II during which he was present at the Normandy Landings and liberation of Paris.Shortly after the publication of The Old Man and the Sea in 1952, Hemingway went on safari to Africa, where he was almost killed in two plane crashes that left him in pain or ill health for much of the rest of his life Hemingway had permanent residences in Key West, Florida, and Cuba during the 1930s and 1940s, but in 1959 he moved from Cuba to Ketchum, Idaho, where he committed suicide in the summer of 1961.

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  1. I feel like awarding the great Hemingway only two stars has officially consigned me to the seventh circle of literary hell But I must be honest By this website s criteria two stars indicates that a book is okay and to me that describes this work perfectly.Hemingway himself is undeniably gifted I love his succinct style though at times it degenerates to downright caveman speak , his honest diction and his wonderful sense of humor That being said, he gets away with utterly ignoring most rules of w [...]

  2. Reprinted from the Chicago Center for Literature and Photography cclapcenter I am the original author of this essay, as well as the owner of CCLaP it is not being reprinted here illegally The CCLaP 100 In which I read a hundred so called classics for the first time, then write reports on whether or not they deserve the labelBook 17 A Farewell to Arms, by Ernest Hemingway 1929 The story in a nutshell Published in the late 1920s, right when Modernism was first starting to become a commercially suc [...]

  3. I m not a Hemingway guy I yearn for internal dialogue, various and ladened spiritual questioning, and deep psychology in my characters I prefer writing that is smooth and philosophical Hemingway gives me little of this.But the settings of this book were beautiful, and the dialogue between characters, poignant By the end, I found that Hemingway had craftily fucked with me to the point of my complete immersion into the novel It made me cry.

  4. War is BoringHemingway s narrator writes not as a soldier but as a journalist soldier, channeling Hemingway himself, recording with precision and apparent objectivity the things that happen around him and to him practical and prosaic and always pragmatic about everything People die and bombs explode in the same paragraph as the one where breakfast was considered with equal interest, and he takes it all in his stride.As best as I can tell, the action of A Farewell to Arms takes place from 1916 an [...]

  5. I just finished it, and I m disappointed And not only disappointed I m also bothered by it I guess I shouldn t be surprised at Hemingway s one dimensional, sexist portrayal of Catherine Barker, having read much of his other work, but somehow I still am Put simply, Catherine is a ridiculous figure, and it s no fault of her own Hemingway gives her no opportunity to sound like anything than a half crazy, desperate, fawning caricature with no real desires or opinions of her own How many times must [...]

  6. In the fall of that year we rented a house in the mountains that looked down across the river to the village below The water of the river was turquoise and the village had a pretty campanile and beyond it rose mountains and beyond them still The man who owned our cottage lived next door and made his own dry cured sausage and we would go round and eat it by the fire and talk about how fine the sausage tasted On the hills all around there were deer, and in the evenings we would sit on the balcon [...]

  7. Well, that was disappointing.For several months I ve been focused on reading classic literature, mostly as a way to dig deep and enrich my life during these trying political times Until now, it has been an incredibly rewarding experience This Hemingway novel was my first dud I wanted to like this book I ve been reading on World War I this past year and thought A Farewell to Arms would fit both my WWI interest and my goal of appreciating classics But ol Hem as I learned to call him in A Moveabl [...]

  8. Once, there was a time when I would have struggled through this one, convinced that since it was a classic , there must be some redeeming quality to it I d have struggled to the bitter end, hating it and , and I d have been disappointed by it even if there was something worthwhile at the end Because getting there was tedious, boring, painful, and annoying This book has a lot of very varied reviews and opinions Lots of people loved it, lots of people hated it I can see why It s a book that some [...]

  9. An American studying architecture in Rome, Frederick Henry, is transformed into a Lt in the Italian Army, when World War I starts He volunteers even though America doesn t enter , the Great War, for another 3 years Why He probably can t say, himself , but young men want excitement in their dull lives He joins the ambulance corps on the northern front , in charge of four drivers , and a few motorcars, picking up the badly wounded soldiers, when feasible, the dead are carried outside the vehicles [...]

  10. It is a strong story, beautiful and sad at the same time It is a novel of war a novel of men who question, drink, go to the brothel of the front, who fight, who die or are seriously wounded, who try to understand where it leads them It is a love story that lasts an hour, a night, a life which fills the void of man s solitude with the horror of war which grows in the face of the absurdity of great words such as duty and honor.A rich vocabulary and a very particular rhythm made of small sentences [...]

  11. 663 A Farewell to Arms, Ernest HemingwayA Farewell to Arms is a novel by Ernest Hemingway set during the Italian campaign of World War I The book, published in 1929, is a first person account of American Frederic Henry, serving as a lieutenant tenente in the ambulance corps of the Italian Army The title is taken from a poem by 16th century English dramatist George Peele A Farewell to Arms is about a love affair between the expatriate American Frederic Henry and Catherine Barkley against the back [...]

  12. My second book by Ernest Hemingway I liked this so much that I cried while finally closing the book.It must be the way Hemingway used his magic the vivid descriptions of his locale The war torn Italian picturesque villa and the use of rain as metaphor for hardship The ying yang kind of story the man s man virile American Tenente and the whimsical English woman Catherine The contrast between these two lovers is so opposite that s akin to the sun and moon that sometimes exist together in a dreamy [...]

  13. I ve never read any Hemingway, so I thought to myself, Self, that is probably something you should remedy And now there are a couple of hours of my life that I will never get back The macho posturing, the awful dialogue if it were possible to have excised every word he put into the mouth of Catherine, I would have done so , the misogyny, the sometimes bizarre interactions between people whatever the hell he was trying to do, for me it read as if everyone was either 1 Certifiably insane, 2 an ali [...]

  14. Tell me exactly what happened Did you do any heroic acts No, I said I was blown up while we were eating cheese What can I say that hasn t already been said Yes, the man woman stuff is awkward as hell, with all the Darlings and Say you love me coming off as so much bad movie dialogue.But, I loved hearing all the characters give their opinions on the war The action sequences are compelling, and frequently disturbing.And, Henry s repartee with Rinaldi is absolutely priceless Plus, considering this [...]

  15. A Farewell to Arms sort of gives you the inkling that Hemingway s death will probably involve a shotgun It s just that sad Front to back, this is one of the mournful novels I ve read It s about Henry, an ambulance driver in World War I He is wounded and falls in love with Catherine, a nurse They exchange odd banter They fall in love in love during a summer in Milan but who wouldn t He knocks Catherine up, then returns to the front Unfortunately for him, he is fighting with Italians, and, as the [...]

  16. I first read this book in high school Maybe because I was young, maybe because it was summer reading, or maybe because I read it immediately following The Invisible Man intense , I or less just slid through the book, enjoying the love story and not dwelling long enough in the war episodes to feel much of anything.The second time I read it, I didn t make it past the time in Milan I couldn t settle into the prose and, importantly, I couldn t handle Catherine I ll say just what you wish and I ll [...]

  17. I finally read something from Hemingway besides the damn fish book For some reason I was prepared to be bored and or annoyed, but other than some corny period dialogue and a doormat leading lady, I found this to be cynical, suspenseful and poignant As in war, there can be no happy endings in life, and the catastrophic fall that I felt was coming for these people from very early in the novel came fast and hard and it got to me In the end I felt as gutted as the aftermath of a battle That was wha [...]

  18. Adio, arme este povestea autorului nsu i care, trimis ca voluntar pe frontul din Italia Primul Razboi Mondial , se ndr goste te de o asistent a Crucii Ro ii Patosul cu care este descris iubirea n cea de a dou parte a romanului i tragicul final al acestuia care l a f cut pe Hemingway s se retrag n singur tate reprezint o experien profund , o experien a c rei urmare a fost ncol irea nimbului artistic Stilul lui Hemingway este succint i arareori are fragmente n care s descrie st ri, l s nd, deci, l [...]

  19. Spoilers ahead THE DOUBLE DATEDramatis Personae Henry, protagonist of A Farewell to Arms, ex soldier.Catherine, wife of Henry, an ex nurse for wounded soldiers.Michael, book reviewer, handsome and devilish rogue.Joy,Michael s wife She ll cut a bitch.The Waiter, self explanatory.Distressed Customer 1, Only has one line.Dying Man, just proposed to his girlfriend.Dying Man s Fiance, happy, but frightened her dude will croak before they tie the knot.Harold Bloom, assholeENE 1 The DateCatherine Oh, H [...]

  20. This book is incredible I completely understand why it is a classic Hemingway is a masterful writer There is so much to absolutely love about this novel Hemingway paints the landscape and setting like a painter Each setting is so beautifully and carefully described, recalling such detail The humor and wit involved had me laughing aloud He so articulately characterizes and ascribes characteristics to those within his novel You can feel the personalities and love them as he must have in creating t [...]

  21. British ambulance drivers were killed sometimes Well, I knew I would not be killed Not in this war It did not have anything to do with me It seemed no dangerous to me myself than war in the movies I wished to God it was over though Frederic Henry who, for all intents and purposes is Ernest Hemingway is a volunteer in the Italian Army in World War I He s wounded in battle and has to spend time recuperating in a hospital after his leg is operated on, and while there he falls in love with British [...]

  22. Observational tragedy Bloke falls for sub moron during war petitions friendly bombs Hemmingway absolves language of beauty And then the world His intent was to expose war s mundanity His method rendered art menial sarcastic applause

  23. There were many words that you could not stand to hear and finally only the names of places had dignity.If Voltaire had read Hemingway s famous war novel, I d wager that he would pronounce that it is neither about war nor a novel Compared to All Quiet on the Western Front, for example, the descriptions of war in this book are ludicrously tame The vast majority of the time the narrator is not even at the front and when he is, he is far behind the front lines, driving an ambulance The bulk of the [...]

  24. I have put off reviewing this book because I didn t know exactly what to say Looking over my Year in Books on I noticed that while I gave this 4 stars Mason Dixon only got 3 Was this book really a whole star better than Pychon s quinteseintial American novel No, I don t believe so But I do believe that this book is worthy of 4 stars and that MD only gained 3 in my reading.They are different and maybe this star system is flawed because it treats every book the same There is no standard to say tha [...]

  25. La saggezza dei vecchi una leggenda Non diventano saggi, diventano solo prudentiChe stranezza la rilettura di questo libro Dentro ci sono delle cose che avevo dimenticato, loro invece non si sono mai scordate di me La pagina di cui parlavo nel precedente commento ancora al suo posto Per quella pagina cinque stelle sono poche, va aggiunta una cometa Al libro non le avrei assegnate se questa fosse stata la prima lettura Le confermo solo perch mi vissuto dentro a mia insaputa La prima parte assai l [...]

  26. There is something so fulfilling 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 begins with such beautiful mannerisms which is a subtle way to undertake a book where the centre stage is that of war, with the love making between the young American hero, Henry, a volunteer in the Italian Ambulance Service, and Catherine Barkley, an English n [...]

  27. This is the story of an American serving as a non combatant ambulance driver in the Italian army during the Great War, the injury he suffered, his lengthy convalescence, relationships and experiences of that war A story which is inspired by at least in part if not exactly portraying Hemingway s own experiences fulfilling the same role Apparently this was a period which Hemingway viewed as one of the most formative experiences of his life.This is the only Hemingway that I have read thus far and c [...]

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