A Farewell to Arms

A Farewell to Arms

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by Ernest Hemingway

ISBN-10: 0684837889

ISBN-13: 9780684837888

Pub. Date: 04/28/1997

Publisher: Scribner

The best American novel to emerge from World War I, A Farewell to Arms is the unforgettable story of an American ambulance driver on the Italian front and his passion 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

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The best American novel to emerge from World War I, A Farewell to Arms is the unforgettable story of an American ambulance driver on the Italian front and his passion 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 fired men marching in the rain, hungry, weary, and demoralized — is one of the greatest moments in literary history. A story of love and pain, of loyalty and desertion, A Farewell to Arms, written when he was 30 years old, represents a new romanticism for Hemingway.

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Scribner Classics Series
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6.10(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.00(d)
730L (what's this?)
Age Range:
14 - 18 Years

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A Farewell to Arms 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 16 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Ernest Hemingway's classic novel "A Farewell to Arms" published in (1929) depicts the story of a young American, Lt. Henry, serving as an ambulance driver in the Italian army during World War I. It recounts his tale as he of serves under dangerous circumstances, being wounded on the front line, and falling in love with a young assistant nurse, Catherine. Having started their relationship prior to his injuries, the Lieutenant and Catherine become increasingly close as the Lieutenant recovers in a hospital in Milan. When he is well he is sent back to the front line right as the Italian army is retreating. The story gives an in depth view of what the life for a soldier serving at that time. Military procedure was much less strict, however, in some cases superior officers could take much more liberty in how they delivering what punishment they saw fit. At the same time it presents two major themes: that war is chaotic and futile and that love is a powerful driving force in the life of men. The tone and structure in which Hemingway presents this novel may be difficult to follow for those who are not familiar with it. It would also be helpful for someone to know something about the political and social conditions of the time as well as some of differences in how people spoke as these differences are used quite a lot in this book. I would give a word of caution that this book is not for light reading and it is probably best that the reader be at least a sophomore in high school before reading it. Overall this is a fairly good book and I would recommend taking the time to read it especially if that person is taking an AP English course
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jadakissxx More than 1 year ago
If one were to first pick up A Farewell to Arms, the may immediately put it down. This is where the saying "Don't judge a book by its cover" comes into play. Despite the dreadful cover, A Farewell to Arms is a heartwarming novel for its time. The beginning of this novel is hard to get into but stick with it and I promise one will not be disappointed. Hemingway takes the reader on an adventure through Italy and Switzerland, telling not about a war, but the effect that war has on relationships and how people make them work. As a matter of fact, this is one of the greatest love stories of its time. This classic novel is about Frederick Henry, an American ambulance driver in the Italian Army, who falls in love with an English volunteer nurse named Catherine Barkley during the World War I. After Henry is wounded, he is sent the hospital where Catherine is stationed. This where their love affair begins. After healing, Henry returns to the war effort, only to later desert the Italian army. He escapes with Catherine and from that point on the story goes on to tell of the couple's adventures. Towards the end of the novel the events are semi-predictable, but the ending takes a huge turn to how most would expect it to end. I personally feel that the novel was very straight forward. Though I do not prefer Hemingway's writing style, he did a splendid job of setting the tone and scenery throughout the story. He was able to make it seem as if the reader was actually in Italy with Henry and he was able to show a change in the seasons. Hemingway also used a great deal of foreshadowing and symbolism in the book. A major symbol was rain. The rain always seemed to be around when something bad was happening and when Catherine and Frederic were apart. When they were together the rain would disappear. It seemed as if Hemingway was using the rain as a symbol to show Frederic's hidden emotions. Overall, this was not a difficult read and for the most part it was enjoyable. I would definitely recommend it to anyone looking for a classic love story. As well as anyone who enjoys the straight forward writing style. Two thumbs up for Hemingway.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A Farewell to Arms is a romance novel that takes place during World War I. Frederic Henry is the point of view of which the story is told. He is an ambulance driver that ends up falling in love with a nurse, named Catherine. He really didn't want to fall in love with her but it happened anyways. She also gets pregnant which I think makes him feel obligated to stay with her. The book is about how the war affects there relationship and how they want to get away from all the horrible things about the war. There were parts of this book that I liked and just as many that I didn't. This book has some boring parts that make me almost go to sleep. But there are also parts where I just can't stop reading. One of the main details about the book that I liked was that he was an ambulance driver. I know that doesn't sound too interesting but I didn't really want to read a book about another big time hero that saved dozens of peoples lives. I enjoyed the fact that it was a little different. That was defiantly one of the main ideas that I liked about the book. I thought this was very enjoyable and defiantly worth the time to read it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A Farewell to Arms was (like it's main character) dull and boring. The style of writing was clear and direct but had very little descriptiveness to it. The dialogue between the characters reminded me of the corny, unrealistic, and drawn out conversations between a boy and his father in Cormac McCarthy's "The Road". As a person who reads nothing but classics and has liked and has liked almost everyone of them it suprised me when after I was through with half the book I wanted to throw the thing away. The ending offered no emotion what-so-ever. You didn't feel happy, relieved, sad, mad, or any other emotion of the sort, other than gratefulness that the book was finally over. By no means am I saying Ernest Hemingway is a bad author. I have read a couple of his short stories and they were very well written and very interesting. But a Farewell to Arms falls flat compared to the other stories I have experienced.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I wouldn't consider Ernest Hemingways A Farewell to Arms to be one of the most interesting of novels out there. As far as WWI goes there wasn't all too much going on, the plot seemed a bit weak. For the most part it's a gloomy tale of dull settings, death, depression, and a sad approach at a love story. The author should have put forth some extra effort with this one to be quite honest. The only thing that could be considered a compliment to Ernest Hemingway would be his writing style. The text is straight to the point, there's no map and key needed to break code and unlock the essential view being made. From chapter to chapter Henry goes to various sites as an ambulance driver, meets Catherine and they begin an awkward love affair. After being injured and then cured, Henrey runs away from the war with his "love". In the end Fredrick Henry loses Catherine and the child they were waiting upon. There is clearly not much hope or positive energy about this book. Perhaps one may believe it's only this way to portray the true pain of war, but in an effort to captivate the young mind, it was in my opinion, a clear shot at failure.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
This book I read in two sittings, once I had started it was simply to irresistable to detain reading it any longer. I highly reccomend it. It is wonderfully written with full descriptions.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a great, vivid story, full of action and drama. Henry the protaganist of the story takes on a great role as his is wounded on the italian battle front, taking an early leave to rejoin the battle and later rejoin his lover catherine.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Ernest Hemingway's A farewell to arms was not a horrible book after the first 22 chapters. The Detail's of the war were great but not that excellent. Frederick's and Catherine's relationship on the other hand was very confusing. It seemed at times she loved him and at other times she didn't want to acknowledge that she did. But I recomend that for those who read this book that they stick with it because it does get better.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The novel is a breath taking, sentimental journey of love...in the setting of WW1. The brutal world that seem to destroy all, yet every line is catchy, and the book becomes hard to lay down. Hemingway's unique style of writing and believable story makes it one of the best books I have ever read.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Hemingway is by far my favorite writter, his wonderful descriptions and marvelous talent of writing truth and real human expierience will never siece to amaze me. This book was fabulous, with realistic views of love, and tragedy. The ending took my breath away, OUTSTANDING!