In 4 posts in June I've participated in a read-a-long through War Through The Generations Challenge.
This will be a brief review because in all my previous posts they gave much information about the book including spoilers.
"When you love you wish to do things for. You wish to sacrifice for. You wish to serve."
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. The focus is truly on Henry and Catherine. Their relationship and how the war has affected them individually and as a couple.
Did I love this story? Hmmmm, it is moving, memorable. I'm not sure I loved it though. I have grown to like it and I am glad to have read it. I would never have read this story of my own choice. It is a writing style that I do not fully appreciate. Hemingway is known to write in a choppy, terse, strong-type sentences. They are short sentences, not descriptive. I prefer and love Dickens descriptive type characters and sentences, I do not like Hemingway's. It is a sad, melancholy type story. Not a good story for a depressive personality. Of course we know Hemingway was a depressive person and I supposed this came across in his writing.
Thank you again to Serena and Anna of War Through The Generations Challenge for hosting this!
My copy of book was from the library. Published by Simon and Schuster. Originally published 1929.
He too was an ambulance driver during World War I. Using his memories and experiences of this time period he wrote A Farewell To Arms in 1929.
Wikipedia has a lengthy and interesting bio of his life. I found it most interesting that he was involved in World War II. Also noteworthy is several members of his family committed suicide.
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