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.
This book more than any other provides a true look into why we live and what is important.
I wasn't even able to get through the book. It was as if someone digitized a single mic recording of a record playing at a great distance. The narrators wasn't very good anyway. Very bummed.
I got lucky and selected "For Whom the Bell Tolls" to listen to before this book. Had I picked "A Farewell to Arms" first, it is unlikely I would have ever selected FWTBT. This book is as bad as FWTBT is great. Everything great about FWTBT is missing from this book, all the way down the the narrarator, who is at least partly responsible for ruining this book. There is barely a story line, and even less character development.The dialog is plodding, and the visual imagry is barren. I'm not a literature scholar, but I can't see why this book is considered written art. I so loved "For Whom the Bell Tolls", I was astonished Hemingway could write this clunker. Chose something else.
While I have enjoyed all of the Hemingway I've listened to, I found this one the worst. The monologue was ridiculous--"Do you love me darling?" "Of course I love you." "Do you really love me?" "More than anything!" and that seemed to be the way a lot of it went. Short, silly sentances. And as I got closer to the end, I dreaded the ending as all his books tend to end the same. I hoped this would be different as it was one of his first. Overall, I was disappointed compared to the other books of his I've read/listened to.
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