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I wanted to do something for him. You see, I didn't care about the other thing and he could have had it all. He could have had anything he wanted if I would have known. I would have married him or anything. I know all about it now. But then he wanted to go to war and I didn't know.The two begin an affair, with Henry quite convinced that he "did not love Catherine Barkley nor had any idea of loving her. This was a game, like bridge, in which you said things instead of playing cards." Soon enough, however, the game turns serious for both of them and ultimately Henry ends up deserting to be with Catherine.
Hemingway was not known for either unbridled optimism or happy endings, and A Farewell to Arms, like his other novels (For Whom the Bell Tolls, The Sun Also Rises, and To Have and Have Not), offers neither. What it does provide is an unblinking portrayal of men and women behaving with grace under pressure, both physical and psychological, and somehow finding the courage to go on in the face of certain loss. --Alix Wilber --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
The story is well developed and interesting.
Maybe I like it when books go into deep detail and take awhile to say one thing, or maybe it's just that I haven't let Hemingway grow on me yet.
With A Farewell to Arms, Ernest Hemingway precisely portrays the beauty of his writing style and the beauty of human love.
Being a Hemingway fan I thought this was really good for his early works.Published 1 day ago by Tfisher87
Hemmingway over all is boring! I can pick out about three parts of the book that I thought was riveting. But other than that it's a snore fest. Read morePublished 3 days ago by Marcia
Good read. This is my first Hemingway novel, and I like his writing style. It still translates pretty well into the 21st century (unlike other authors from the early 20th century). Read morePublished 8 days ago by Jon
I"m glad I "checked the box" on this classic. I would never read it again though. Hemingway has a conversational writing style. Read morePublished 9 days ago by OrionFl
I missed out on a lot of the "classics" when I was younger and I'm now circling back around trying to read all those books that have been on bookshelves for years. Read morePublished 15 days ago by Di
The additional introductions and commentary are invaluable and enrich the reading of this masterpiece.Published 16 days ago by Stephanie D Willson