- Publisher: Bantam (1959)
- ISBN-10: 0671015109
- ISBN-13: 978-0671015107
- Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 4.3 x 0.6 inches
- Shipping Weight: 5 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars See all reviews (985 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #13,885,220 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Farewell to Arms Paperback – 1959
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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 ›
Essentially, the book is the restless consciousness of one Richard Cantwell, Colonel in the United States Army, veteran of two world wars, recipient of many grave wounds, who is travelling through Europe one last time to shoot some ducks, meet some old friends, and spend a couple of days with his last, real and only love, a nineteen-year-old (!) countess named Renate. The book is aptly titled - it flows like a quiet old river, slowly but surely and a bit sadly. Like many a Hemingway hero, Cantwell is stuck with an empty existence, a profession he doesn't much care for, and awareness of both of the above. Love Renate though he does, he lives in the past, constantly reliving this and that battle, moving imaginary troops one minute, then wondering about the meaning of it all the next.
Renate herself is the least realistic of all Hemingway women, and as a female lead she's poor indeed. That is not, however, the way she should be seen. She is described as having almost unworldly gentleness and purity, an enormous contrast to the colonel (esp. given her youth). In a way, she becomes almost a symbol of the youth the colonel has irrevocably lost, an epitome of everything he missed out on - and the stories of the battles he tells her become almost like religious confessions.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This edition of "A Farewell to Arms" collects the 39 to 47 different endings have become part of literary lore, but heretofore they have never been published together in... Read morePublished 1 day ago by HH
The book was slooooow moving and the dialog is- i'm not sure what the dialog is. I really wanted to like it. No really. I did. Just couldn't. Read morePublished 6 days ago by RAYMOND BARRY
It has been a long time since I read this the first time. Still a fantastic book.Published 9 days ago by Jim Wegner
I hated this book ! I hated it so much. There, i said it, i did not like Hemingway . My god!, what a boring book ,could hardly make it to page 100. That bad it got for me. Read morePublished 24 days ago by maroru
I thoroughly enjoyed browsing through all of the alternative endings....finding the one that suited me best. Although the ending Hemingway eventually chose is a very good one... Read morePublished 25 days ago by Mrchanute
It reminded me of a sophomore in high schools writing. Really surprised.Published 29 days ago by Claausheine
To date, I've read a few of Hemingway's earlier works and I think they're terrible.Totally flat writing. A Farewell to Arms is a little better. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Viktor Wolfe