Hemingway's rich description is, I believe, the key to his work. It make you feel like you are there. The grit and horrer of war are well documented but at the same time the humanity of the characters comes through. The ending...well...I won't go there but one comes away with a strong sense of the futility of war.
I am an avid eclectic reader.
John Slattery did an excellent job in narrating the book. I had read "The Modern Scholar: WW1" by John Ramsden and he Listed "A Farewell To Arms" on the reading list and said it covered the fighting between Italy and Austria in WWI. But I was disappointed because there was very little information about the war and was primarily a love story. I am not sure why Ramsden list this book on his reading list. I have enjoyed other Hemingway book so maybe my disappointment was in my expectations.
I'm reluctant to rate the story itself to avoid spoiling the story. In addition, I can't imagine I could summarize the story anty etter than how it is in side notes or back covers.I did feel prompted to leave feedback primarily on the narration provided by John Slattery. I don't mean to imply that anything he did was inaccurate or poorly done (though note much profanity was censored). My only complaint was the voice he gives to some of the dialogue. It just seemed that a lot of the things characters say are open to multiple interpretations and I don't always agree with his choices. Hemingway is known, especially in this book, to leave many things open for the reader to decide how they feel or read certain scenes or events, and Slattery seems to do a job on making those decisions. And, again, sometimes I feel he's off the mark. He has a great voice and diction for the book, and as such I would still recommend this edition. I first just wanted to mention the censorship and dialogue approaches first.
I didn't enjoy this book at all. I'm very disappointed, I don't get the fuss about Hemingway. I thought I'd be a fan but it seems I'm not.