A Farewell to Arms
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A Farewell to Arms
Ernest Hemingway
Literature
Aug 1, 2018
A Farewell to Arms was Hemingway’s second novel, appearing in 1929, three years after The Sun Also Rises. Mining autobiographical terrain, it draws upon the author’s experience as an ambulance driver during World War I. Although it authentically evokes the fraught tedium of military work and the drama of battle and its aftermath (the section depicting the Italian army’s ragged retreat from Caporetto is one of the most memorable chapters in the literature of war), the book’s beating heart is the love story between its narrator, American volunteer Frederic Henry, and Catherine Barkley, an English nurse.
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Dec 2, 2018
War scenes contain some of Ernie's most evocative writing.
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Hemingway at his best
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