Review: A FAREWELL TO ARMS by Ernest Hemingway

This year, War Through the Generations hosted a read-a-long of A Farewell to Arms by Ernest Hemingway, and a bunch of participants and non-participants in the challenge read along with us.  Here are some of the reviews from participants.

Impressions in Ink said:

I fully understood this wise sage or prophet’s statement by the end of the story. Henry does face trauma in the war, and with Catherine, and he will be faced with doing things for and sacrificing for. A Farewell To Arms is about an officer in World War I and we are given brief glimpses of the war itself.

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Scrappy Cat said:

I had never read any Hemingway before, so I thought this would be a good chance to read something of his.  It is the semi-autobiographical story of American Lieutenant Fredric Henry, who is serving as an ambulance driver in the Italian Army, and the love affair between Henry and the British nurse Catherine Barkley.

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Diary of an Eccentric said:

Much of what I didn’t like about A Farewell to Arms has to do with the distance placed between the reader and the narrator, which is disappointing because the story is told in the first person.  I never felt like I knew Henry; for much of the book, his inner thoughts are concealed from the reader.

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Savvy Verse & Wit said:

There is desperation and scrambling for comfort and a sense of normalcy, but the hopelessness pervades everything in the novel and highlights the truth of war.  Hemingway’s terse sentences, little insight into his main character, and the over-the-top antics and subservience of Barkley to Henry can get overwrought.

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**Attention participants: Remember to email us a link to your reviews, and we’ll post them here so we can see what everyone is reading!**

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