For a book that you could easily read in just a couple hours, it sure is a classic. You could tell that when Ernest Hemingway wrote this book, that it wasn't meant to be this long story filled with complex emotions like what was going on in A Farewell To Arms or For Whom The Bell Tolls. This book is much more in the vein of his short stories with its simplistic writing. I recommend reading those before you get into this, if you go into this book expecting a fully fleshed out backdrop then you will be disappointed. Other than that, totally worth it.