Hemingway's frank portrayal of the love between Lieutenant Henry and Catherine Barkley, caught in the inexorable sweep of war, glows with an intensity unrivaled in modern literature, while his description of the German attack on Caporetto, of lines of fired men marching in the rain, hungry, weary, and demoralized, is one of the greatest moments in literary history.
A story of love and pain, of loyalty and desertion, A Farewell to Arms, written when he was 30 years old, represents a new romanticism for Hemingway.
©1929 Charles Scribner's Sons. Copyright renewed ©1957 Ernest Hemingway; (P)2006 Simon & Schuster Inc. AUDIOWORKS is an imprint of Simon & Schuster Audio Division, Simon & Schuster, Inc.
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.
Only people who would be willing to read the book instead of listening. The Narrator is Awful. Couldn't get past the first chapter. Wish I could return it for a credit
Couldn't finish because I did not enjoy the narrator. Guess I'll just read it
First, the censorship isn't an issue. From what I've read the book itself was censored and is still published that way, so it follows that the audio would be also. Skipping over the few swear words didn't ruin the flow to me.
The narration is perfect. Brilliant. He brings life to Italian characters and others, and the slight dramatization is never tedious. It's great.
Hemingway wrote a great book. It's not as much a war story as it is a story that takes place during a time of war. It's follows the life of a soldier but it doesn't linger on battles. It might linger on the love story, becoming maybe a touch too romantic at times, but it always gets reeled back in, and the story is always interesting.
And of course, it's full of wine and wit.
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.
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