A couple of WWI Reading Challenge participants recently read and reviewed A Farewell to Arms by Ernest Hemingway as part of the War Through the Generations read-along in June. Here are excerpts; click the links to read the full reviews.
Book Snob said:
Hemingway has created a novel with unlikeable characters who struggle to find happiness and peace during WWI. It is a tragedy told in five parts. It is melodramatic at times but holds to Hemingway’s theory that “war is permanent” and that Nature “can have only one end”. Reading Hemingway, one must acknowledge that what isn’t said in the book is just as important as what is.
Library of Clean Reads said:
Sometimes when I was reading scenes with dialogue, it was almost like reading a play. I had to fill out the rest with my imagination. I caught the humour and perhaps at times the irony or sarcasm in the speech, but I will be honest in saying that there are several scenes that were boring, repetitive, and frustrating.
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