- Mass Market Paperback: 256 pages
- Publisher: Bantam; 6th Bantam printing 1955 edition (1955)
- Language: English
- ASIN: B0000CJ60V
- Product Dimensions: 6.9 x 4.1 x 0.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (803 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,996,077 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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A Farewell To Arms Mass Market Paperback – Import, 1955
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The book invites us to imagine all of the brave soldiers who went into the war in search of glory. What they found instead was the endless stalemate and hideous prospect of trench warfare. Perhaps more than any other war in the history of warfare, the first World War changed the traditional paradigms of how wars were fought and what the objectives of engagements were. Hemingway, who was there himself, serves as a perfect instrument to portray what it was really like.
The plot centers around Frederick Henry, an American ambulance driver for the Italian army (a job Hemingway performed himself). Henry is a typical masculine Hemingway male persona who falls in love with a beautiful, long-haired & impetuous British nurse named Catherine Barkley. Henry is an exemplar of the WWI soldier who gets more than he bargains for in the war; betrayal and ignominious soldiering of the Italians in the wake of defeat.
The tragic irony of this novel is what makes it so memorable. Henry, as a wounded man who withdraws from the battle, as well as the whims of the Italian Army. However, he does so only to find that life is full of tragedy whether you're in a war or not.
I would highly recommend this novel to all fans of Hemingway, American literature and World War I period historical and literary works. It is with the subtle prose of Heminway that we can be effectively transported back to that epoch of our world history.
The point is, this book has thematic elements that hardly relate to war. Take love, for instance. But love, unto itself, is more a compication than anything. At it's simplest, the novel is about strength. Strength, unabashed and unflinching. It is about the eternal struggle that every strong man and woman fights until their (untimely) death. It is the struggle with the world and the universe, which so callously torments the strong until they succumb to the weight of the unforgiving cosmos.Read more ›
Yet in all this emotional turmoil and existential 'sturm-und-drang' of two star-crossed lovers caught in the contradictions, deceptions, and brutality of the First World War, we are also treated to Hemingway's amazing powers of exposition at the peak of his prowess. Indeed, as with other Hemingway novels, it is Hemingway's imaginative and spare use of the language itself that wins the reader over. Unlike his predecessors, he sought a lean narrative style that cut away at all the flowery description and endless adjectives. In the process of parsing away the excesses, Hemingway created a clear, simple and quite declarative prose style that was truly both modern and revolutionary.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I confess that I wrote this as a comment on another review by someone who did not like this novel as much as I did. Read morePublished 2 days ago by Andrew M. Klein
Ok folks. I had no intention of writing a review of A Farewell To Arms, but what's been written on this page necessitates a response. This is not an anti-war novel. Read morePublished 3 days ago by Hershey baum
It's his first novel, so I give him a pass. I actually put it down 3/4 of the way through. I guess you have to be a Hemingway scholar or an English teacher to appreciate it. Read morePublished 13 days ago by MWoz
A classic in American literature, I read this in my early twenties and loved it. Now, in my fifties, I really appreciate it for the masterpiece that it is. Read morePublished 19 days ago by Donald Burt
This novel, of course, is an iconic novel, written by an iconic author. It has an semi autobiographical aspect to it. Read morePublished 19 days ago by Francis C. Donnelly
While I thought this was much better than Old Man & The Sea, I still think Hemingway's writing is just alright. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Tea&BookLover