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A Farewell to Arms

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Generates backlash even rom the Mahabharata and the Iliad to the many anti war epics over the ages the honor and glory that war is supposed to provide is uestioned in its aftermath The bloodlust and the ever pitch cries of honor precedes war and then they calm down into searching uestions about what those terms mean or into scathing parodiesI am not entirely sure whether Farewell to Arms is a sober uestioning of these virtues or a shambolic parody of them It is never uite clear whether Hemingway is making un of war or just expressing profound ennui Especially when he combines Love with War and both seem to get the same treatment it becomes even harder to deduce whether Hemingway is ridiculing war and its virtues or life and its delusions in general and including love also into it After all the amous ending doesn t leave us with much to pick up the pieces afterThe narrator tells the often ugly truth about war without even trying to be anti war in any way By depicting daily life he achieves it without an effort It is the prosaicness of action the utter lack of drama that becomes the most significant orce in the narration even his injury is incurred not in valorous combat but while he is eating spaghettiAll this combines to show up war as a hideous game but one entirely not worth the bother There are so many subtle ways in which he trivializes war always retaining the impression that it is not a conscious effort as if he was not even telling us anything about the war letting it remain in the background as a boring humm The war seemed as ar away as the ootball games of some one else s college We are not even allowed particularly intelligent characters to liven up the drudgery of our reading the novel is ull of the Ordinary the exceptional striking in its absence and the readers are left disoriented repeatedly trying to remind themselves that they are in the midst of the greatest and most destructive war humanity had yet knownIn the end war is exposed as not only meaningless but boring Usually war writers exploit the Pathos of war Hemingway walks right inside shows us around and escorts us out after having shown us the utter blandness of the heroic exerciseEven the Love Story is constructed out of the boring bits and of repeated bland conversations that seem almost never ending and droll Here Hemingway is probably playing us again instead of the usual techniue of showing the pleasant bucolic scenery of distant daily life and contrasting that against gory war scenes and thus asking the reader to thirst or the war to end Hemingway places both the personal and the public sphere next to each other exposes both and yet somehow derides war through this I am not yet sure how he does that but my eelings wherever I encountered this tells me that he does it wellHemingway s notorious ault is the monotony of repetition and he has always been considered a better short story writer than novelist the short orm plays into his prowess or portraying ironies in short staccato beats In A Farewell to Arms he brings both his strengths and weakness as a storyteller and makes them both work or him masterfully He converts the act of boring the reader into an art orm and into an exercise in supreme irony Very effective Almost as effective as comedy if you ask meWhile it is hard to interpret A Farewell to Arms as hopeful to me it was so though in a subtle way It leaves us the hope that if only soldiers could be like the Tenente and just walk away rom all the boredom even though only boredom awaits in normal life things could be betterTo me the most striking impression of all in a work illed with unforgettable impressions was the sheer acceptance exhibited by the narrator The hustle of the war his own life and the entire world even seems to move past the stoic Tenente who is left a mere spectator but who never seems to uestion the events that unfoldThis captures the spirit of the war and also of the times Well that was disappointingFor several months I ve been ocused on reading classic literature mostly as a way to dig deep and enrich my life during these trying political times Until now it has been an incredibly rewarding experience This Hemingway novel was my irst dud I wanted to like this book I ve been reading on World War I this past year and thought A Farewell to Arms would it both my WWI interest and my goal of appreciating classics But ol Hem as I learned to call him in A Moveable Feast a book of his I did like didn t make it easy or me when he wrote the character of Catherine Barkley Catherine plays the love interest in this novel and she is so insipid silly and annoying that I started dreading this bookThe story ollows Frederic Henry an American serving as an ambulance driver in the Italian army during the war He meets Catherine who is a British nurse and they all in love Catherine eventually becomes pregnant and they manage to escape to Switzerland The ending of this book is depressing as are most war novelsBut the sad ending isn t why I disliked this book so much Hemingway is amous or his terse prose but I think in this book it does him a disservice The characters are two dimensional the war scenes lacked grit and the whole novel just elt lat to me Hem does have a ew amous lines that came rom Farewell some noted below which is what kept this book rom a 1 rating or me I listened to this on audio performed by the talented John Slattery of Mad Men ame but not even he could make me excited to read this Hemingway book It reminded me of when I listened to Colin Firth read Graham Greene s The End of the Affair and Firth s marvelousness couldn t salvage that novel either Both are good actors doing their best with mediocre textsIf I were going to recommend a World WAR I NOVEL TO SOMEONE I WOULD TELL THEM I novel to someone I would tell them read All uiet on the Western Front and to skip Farewell I ll circle back around to some other Hem novels in the uture but or now I m going to enjoy a break rom his tersenessNote My irst instinct when writing this review was to imitate Hem s signature style lots of ine and true and good and courage and whatnot but rankly Warwick wrote his review so well that I abandoned the idea and encourage you to check out his grand version Good uotesAll thinking men are atheistsIf people bring so much courage to this world the world has to kill them to break them so of course it kills them The world breaks every one and afterward many are strong at the broken places But those that will not break it kills It kills the very good and the very gentle and the very brave impartially If you are none of these you can be sure it will kill you too but there will be no special hurryI know the night is not the same as the day that all things are different that the night is not the same as the day That All Things Are Different That Things all things are different that things the night cannot be explained in the day because they do not then exist and the night can be a dreadful time or lonely people once their loneliness has startedFinal ThoughtOne addendum is that I had a print copy of A Farewell to Arms that included Hemingway s introduction to the 1948 edition and I liked those 3 12 pages better than I liked the entire novel If you do give this book a chance try to ind a copy with that author introThe act that the book was a tragic one did not make me unhappy since I believed that life was a tragedy and knew it could have only one end But inding you were able to make something up to create truly enough so that it made you happy to read it and to do this every day you worked was something that gave me a greater pleasure than any I had ever known Beside it nothing else mattered. Sh realities of war and the pain of lovers caught in its inexorable sweep Ernest Hemingway amously said that he rewrote the ending to A Farewell to Arms thirty nine times to get the words righ. E irst to combine the exciting rat a tat style of pulp iction writers with the weighty subjects of the academic community producing work that owes as much to Raymond Chandler as it does to Virginia Woolf but is ultimately much better than simply reading those two authors back to back And by making its subject World War I ans say Hemingway here turns in yet another great document of those times that the early Modernists were known or rom The Great Gatsby to All uiet Among the Western Front it s hard or us to even think of the artists rom the Jazz Age or Lost Generation or whatever you want to call it without thinking of this globe changing event that was so in the middle of it There s a good reason after all that many consider A Farewell to Arms one of the greatest war novels of all time The argument againstOf course there are others who can t even hear the words Ernest Hemingway without automatically shuddering again or a variety of reasons that even most of his ans admit hold at least some weight because he is overrated by the academic community because his personal style is a hackneyed easily parodied one because his man s man shtick got real old real ast because it s now inspired three generations of a holes and counting to want to be bull leeing cigar smoking woman haters too At its heart its critics say A Farewell to Arms is an interesting enough little ditty mostly because Hemingway himself had some interesting little experiences during the war that he basically cribbed wholesale or the book but then this story is covered with layer after layer of bad prose macho posturing and aimless meanderings that get you about as ar away rom a traditional three act novel as you can possibly get With Hemingway and his critics it s never a case of it s a good enough book but shouldn t be labeled a classic those who dislike him really dislike him and wish to see his work removed rom academic reading lists altogether classic label or not My verdictSo let me embarrassingly admit that this is actually the very irst book by Hemingway I ve ever read and that I was hesitant going into it because of just the overwhelming amount of bad stuff that s been said about him over the decades to be truthful I was half expecting a parody of Hemingway at this point all little words and nonsensical sentences and dudes treating girls kinda like crap most of the time And yes the book does or sure contain a certain amount of all this but I was surprised to tell you the truth by how how tight illuminating ascinating and just plain unny A Farewell to Arms turned out to actually be Wait unny you say Sure I dare you not to laugh or example during the scene when a huge argument breaks out between two Swiss border guards over which of their two hometowns boasts better winter sports Ah you see He does not even know what a luge is This is what makes it such an intriguing novel about war after all because Hemingway expertly shows just how many surreal moments there are during times of war as well that war doesn t just mean the two lines of soldiers acing each other at the ront but also an entire region an entire industry an entire population Hemingway s World War I is not just seen rom the smeared windshield of a battlefront ambulance but rom bored soldiers getting drunk in a uiet bunker rom weary villagers hoping there will be at least something left of their homes after the war is over rom armchair pundits recovering in crumbling veteran hospitals arguing over which complicated international treaty sunk them all and which is going to save them It s an expansive multi acted sometimes highly uniue look at a wartime environment one that at least here in his early career he published this when he was 30 belies all the complaints that have ever been made about his hackneyed personal styleAnd as ar as that love story in the middle of it all and the repeated complaints about Hemingway s characters all being misogynistswell maybe it Was Just Me But I just me but I his Catherine Barkley to be the very model of a modern independent woman or at least modern and independent in 1920s terms a iercely intelligent and cynical creature who expects the same rom her lovers even while realizing that such a man is destined to either die in the environment they re currently in or survive just to become a bitter angry a hole later in life The way I see it Catherine is simply trying to make the best of a bad situation she needs love and intimacy in her life as much as anyone else and especially in her role as a risk taking thick skinned nurse just a ew miles rom the battle s ront but also understands that Tenente is destined to befall one of the two ates just mentioned thus explaining the curious pushpull emotions she has towards him and the way she treats him throughout the novel It s a surprisingly sophisticated relationship at work the same thing that can be said of the novel in general I don t know about the rest of Hemingway s work yet anyway but at least don t know about the rest of Hemingway s work yet anyway but at least Farewell to Arms turned out to be a surprisingly cracking read not only a definite classic but just an all around amazing book in general It comes highly recommended todayIs it a classic Yes I just inished it and I m disappointed And not only disappointed I m also bothered by it I guess I shouldn t be surprised at Hemingway s one dimensional sexist portrayal of Catherine Barker having read much of his other work but somehow I still am Put simply Catherine is a ridiculous igure and it s no ault of her own Hemingway gives her no opportunity to sound like anything than a half crazy desperate awning caricature with no real desires or opinions of her own How many times must I read lines like I ll say just what you wish and I ll do what you wish and then you will never want any other girls will you issue rom her lips Does Hemingway believe women think and talk like this or does he mean to make his emale characters sound like would be wife pets I just read a review below that describes Henry and Catherine s dialogue as incantations the point being that the two especially Catherine are trying to will themselves to be happy despite an over whelming sense of despair It s an interesting pointand definitely makes reading the scenes with the two of them palatable But as much as I d like to think that that was what Hemingway was going or I don t knowAs or the rest of the book I suppose an argument could be made or its ground breaking sexual rankness or or the necessarily graphic depictions of the ront and I ll buy that There are after all a number of great Moments Still It S Still it s to accept the canonization this book as THE central WWI novel and ignore the act that one of its main characters is very poorly written perhaps intentionally so War is Boring Hemingway s narrator writes not as a soldier but as a journalist soldier channeling Hemingway himself recording with precision and apparent objectivity the things that happen around him and to him practical and prosaic and always pragmatic about everything People die and bombs explode in the same paragraph as the one where breakfast was considered with eual interest and he takes it all in his strideAs best as I can tell the action of A Farewell to Arms takes place rom 1916 and before the end of the war Place references and political references come and go without troubling the narrator too much he is not to be bothered with such details His context is not simply this war but all wars and the notions of honor heroism and patriotism all of which he looks at with pristine incomprehensionWar always. Ld weary demoralized men marching in the rain during the German attack on Caporetto; the profound struggle between loyalty and desertion this gripping semiautobiographical work captures the har. I eel like awarding the great Hemingway only two stars has officially consigned me to the seventh circle of literary hell But I must be honest By this website s criteria two stars indicates that a book is okay and to me that describes this work perfectlyHemingway himself is undeniably gifted I love his succinct style though at times it degenerates to downright caveman speak his honest diction and his wonderful sense of humor That being said he gets away with utterly ignoring most rules of writing which I admire at times but let s ace it some of those rules are there or a REASON This book is overflowing with extreme run on sentences constant use of ualifiers I think very might actually be his VERY avorite word adjectives even NOUNS used our or ive times in the same paragraph and long stretches of dialogue involving than two speakers with absolutely no indication of who is saying what if I hadn t been reading a library book I would have color coded the darn thing And besides style the story itself just didn t grab me I didn t give two arts about the self absorbed unthinking unfeeling protagonist or his codependent psychologically damaged doormat of a girlfriend This is NOT a love story In act I eel sorry or anyone who thinks it is Men who hate women are incapable of writing love stories And or the life of me I can t derive a theme or even a general POINT to this book unless mayhap it is stupid senseless tragedy happens sometimes to people you don t care about I did eel like crying several times while reading though but only because of the mention of alcohol on almost every page of text I could literally HEAR Hemingway drinking himself to death It broke my heartCRAP WE LET HIM GET AWAY WITH BECAUSE HE S HEMINGWAYWe walked to the door and I saw her go in and down the hall I liked to watch her move She went on down the hall I went on home It was a hot night and there was a good deal going on up in the mountains I watched the lashes on San Gabriele I stopped in ront of the Villa Rossa The shutters were up but it was still going on inside Somebody was singing I went on home FOR THE LOVE WILL SOMEBODY HELP THIS GUY GET HOMEI came up onto a road Ahead I saw some troops coming down the road I limped along the side of the road and they passed me and paid no attention to me They were a machine gun detachment going up toward the river I went on down the road FOR THE LOVE WILL SOMEBODY HELP THIS GUY GO ON DOWN THE ROADAnd now that I ve slammed him so hard here is a glimpse at the genius that allows him to get away with it allFAVORITE UOTESIf people bring so much courage to this world the world has to kill them to break them so of course it kills them The world breaks every one and afterward many are strong at the broken places But those that will not break it kills It kills the very good and the very gentle and the very brave impartially If you are none of these you can be sure it will kill you too but there will be no special hurryThey were beaten to start with They were beaten when they took them rom their arms and put them in the army That is why the peasant has wisdom because he is defeated rom the start Put him in power and see how wise he isThe coward dies a thousand deaths the brave but one Who said it He was probably a coward He knew a great deal about cowards but nothing about the brave The brave dies perhaps two thousand deaths if he s intelligent He simply doesn t mention themLife isn t hard to manage when you ve nothing to loseI was blown up while we were eating cheeseAND MY FAVORITE SCENE His riend Rinaldi begins the dialogueLoan me ifty lireI dried my hands and took out my pocket book rom the inside of my tunic hanging on the wall Rinaldi took the note olded it without rising rom the bed and slid it in his breeches pocket He smiled I must make on Miss Barkley the impression of a man pocket He smiled I must make on Miss Barkley the impression of a man sufficient wealth You are my great and good riend and inancial protectorGo to hell I said Reprinted rom the Chicago Center or Literature and Photography cclapcentercom I am the original author of this essay as well as the owner of CCLaP it is not being reprinted here illegallyThe CCLaP 100 In which I read a hundred so called classics or the irst time then write reports on whether or not they deserve the labelBook 17 A Farewell to Arms by Ernest Hemingway 1929 The story in a nutshellPublished in the late 1920s right when Modernism was irst starting to become a commercially successful orm of the arts A Farewell to Arms is Ernest Hemingway s wry and cynical look at World War I the event that most defined not only his generation but also the beginning of the Modernist movement Semi autobiographical in nature the book tells the story of Frederic Henry known to most as Tenente Italian slang or Lieutenant a young and gung ho American who couldn t get accepted by the American military during the war so volunteered to be an ambulance driver or the Italian army instead One by the American military during the war so volunteered to be an ambulance driver or the Italian army instead One the irst of Hemingway s tales to define the stoic man s man he would eventually become known or the novel basically ollows Tenente through a series of thrilling escapades made even interesting because of the main character not seeing them as thrilling at all nearly having his leg torn off while at the ront saving a man s life escaping execution by diving off a bridge a rowboat ride to Switzerland in the middle of the night While Fleeing A Group Of Pursuers And A Whole Lot fleeing a group of pursuers and a whole lot I said though Hemingway s point here is not to glamorize war but rather to highlight the mundane aspects of it all the endless red tape the weasely things people do to get out of actual work the BS conversations that are always taking place among soldiers all of them arguing over how the war is going but none of them actually possessing any actual information At the same time though A Farewell to Arms is about the monstrous developments of World War I in particular the very irst large war to be ought during the Industrial Age and therefore capable of inflicting so much carnage than anyone thought possible For example the brand new European railway system is heavily eatured throughout the book and especially the act that in a half day s ride you could go literally rom the battlefront to a ive star luxury hotel something that had never been possible before WWI Oh and if all this wasn t enough Hemingway throws in a love story too a complicated one eaturing a complicated woman one that has been a source of heated interpretation since the book irst came out 79 years ago The argument or it being a classicThere seems to be two main arguments or this being a classic one based on the author and one on the book itself Because the act is that Hemingway is considered by many to be one of the most important novelists in the history of that ormat a abled High Priest of Modernism who taught all of us to think in a punchier shorter way and with this mostly being or the better or the arts in general Because let s not orget a mere twenty or thirty years before this book was irst published it was actually the lowery and overwritten Victorian style of literature that dominated the publishing industry and as we ve all learned throughout the course of this CCLaP 100 essay series although Victorian literature certainly has its charms and inherent strengths it s also a whole lot of talking to say not much at all a situation that was starting to drive artists crazy by the time the 20th century got into swing Hemingway ans claim was the irst Modernist to really bring all the details together in a profoundly great way th. A Farewell to Arms is the unforgettable story of an American ambulance driver on the Italian ront and his passion or a beautiful English nurse Set against the looming horrors of the battlefie. ,


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