A Farewell to Arms

A Farewell to Arms

The Hemingway Library Edition

Book - 2012
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The definitive edition of the classic novel of love during wartime, featuring all of the alternate endings: "Fascinating...serves as an artifact of a bygone craft, with handwritten notes and long passages crossed out, giving readers a sense of an author's process" ( The New York Times ).

Written when Ernest Hemingway was thirty years old and lauded as the best American novel to emerge from World War I, A Farewell to Arms is the unforgettable story of an American ambulance driver on the Italian front and his passion for a beautiful English nurse. Set against the looming horrors of the battlefield--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 harsh realities of war and the pain of lovers caught in its inexorable sweep.

Ernest Hemingway famously said that he rewrote the ending to A Farewell to Arms thirty-nine times to get the words right. This edition collects all of the alternative endings together for the first time, along with early drafts of other essential passages, offering new insight into Hemingway's craft and creative process and the evolution of one of the greatest novels of the twentieth century. Featuring Hemingway's own 1948 introduction to an illustrated reissue of the novel, a personal foreword by the author's son Patrick Hemingway, and a new introduction by the author's grandson Se#65533;n Hemingway, this edition of A Farewell to Arms is truly a celebration.
Publisher: New York : Scribner, 2012
Edition: 1st Scribner hardcover ed
ISBN: 9781476764528
9781451658163
1451658168
Characteristics: xix, 330 p., [8] p. of plates : ill. ; 25 cm
Additional Contributors: Hemingway, Séan A
Hemingway, Patrick

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Olgalevin
Dec 14, 2017

Just finished this story. It definitely painted a picture of Hemingway's time in the war, an abumlance driver, and the woman he first fell in love with rather more realistically. Yet, because not so much is known about the WWI nurse who stole his heart, I see the fiction side of it. Honestly, this is the very first time I read a story that has a rather sad ending. But yet an ending that seems to be open to interpretation to the reader. I do wonder if he ever reconnected with this mysterious nurse he fell in love with years after WWI.

this is perhaps the primary example of Hem's idealization of women. there's alot to wade through here on the way to the long run on sentence which ends the novel. many at the time classified ernie as a 'realist'---as opposed to a 'romantic' (like fitzgerald) writer. well, i for one think this needs to be revaluated. too bad his marriage to an equally talented martha gellhorn, did not last (both were too busy working ).

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TEENREVIEWBOARD
Oct 23, 2017

Ernest Hemingway’s classic A Farewell to Arms displays the commonalities of war and love. Frederic Henry is an American man serving in the Italian army as an ambulance driver whose character develops through his views on the raging war and his romantic involvement with Catherine Barkley, an English nurse. Caught amidst merciless slaughter, despair, comradeship, and love, Henry’s feelings towards his surroundings transform in a very realistic way. Hemingway’s prose is delightful to read and enhances the effectiveness of the story. Furthermore, the dialogues and descriptions of settings are thorough and enjoyable. Throughout the narrative, thematic elements pertaining to war and love are beautifully demonstrated. Powerful, historical, and definitely worth reading!
- @VirtueofReading of the Teen Review Board of the Hamilton Public Library

JCLMattC Oct 03, 2017

World War I romance between Frederic Henry and Catherine Barkley. The love affair between Catherine and Frederic is a little ham-handed and forced. Sometimes it made me think of how people in a desperate situation, faced with war and death at every turn, might fall in love. Other times it felt a little dry and silly. Still, the language around it was rich and it felt like a classic. If you can get past some of the cheese, you arrive at a brilliant war story, one of the great ones.

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johnstonmk
Apr 15, 2017

When I read this book as a teenager, I couldn't understand the characters or the writing style or the dialogue. But I read it again for a lit class in my senior year of undergrad, and I was moved to tears. Being able to understand this as a wartime novel, being able to decipher the character choices and motives, I was overwhelmed by the sadness and desperation for normalcy that both of these characters feel. Not everyone likes Hemingway's style, and that's understandable, but it must be acknowledged that he was capable of crafting incredible, human stories.

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bbock291
Nov 30, 2016

If considering for an elective book report, the text is easy to follow. The content (war and human suffering) might be disturbing for younger readers. Parental consent where appropriate.

TSCPL_ChrisB Jun 03, 2016

A Farewell to Arms is a tremendous novel. It employs Hemingway's signature simplicity, but it is not as simple as I remember Hemingway's other works being. He used elegant language and description more freely, but never more than you'd expect from Hemingway. This blend makes for a wonderful novel, a novel that lets the story and the characters speak for themselves. It is well-casted, well-plotted, and paced perfectly. It is thrilling and heartbreaking.

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bradleyhewittk
Jul 05, 2015

If you have seen the movie Silver Linings Playbook, you may recall a scene where the protagonist, so frustrated with the ending of Ernest Hemingway's A Farewell to Arms, ends up chucking the classic novel out the attic window of his parents house. After finishing this novel, I can sort of relate to that frustration.

This novel concerns a man named Lieutenant Henry, who works as an ambulance driver in the Italian Army during WWI. Each day he's on duty is a struggle to stay alive. It's not all so bad though, after Henry meets a nurse named Catherine Barkley, who he falls in love with over time. Hope for their future together fuels Henry through the hardships he comes to face in the war.

I don't really want to spoil anything here, despite the fact that the novel came out in 1929, so I'll just say that Henry cant seem to catch a break through the whole novel. It's pretty devastating at points.

While the material is pretty heavy, this couldn't be an simpler book to read. This is the first book I've read by Hemingway, and I have to say, I really dig this dude's style. The writing is pretty straightforward and to the point. Hemingway makes his material very easy for his audience to digest. I, for one, appreciate that.

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Greenblum
Dec 01, 2014

great story about the italian front during WW1. great love story. sharply written-no nonsense approach - the usual great crisp Hemingway style

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Musiclover19
Sep 29, 2014

This is not your average war story- the narrator is not a soldier, but a taxi driver, and eventually, not even that. However, the story still touches on important themes of death, coping, and relationships.
Hemingway's writing is very straightforward- and if you like flowery language, this might be a bit dull for you.
Personally, I enjoyed the no-nonsense writing, though I did not become particularly attached to Catherine.

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TSCPL_ChrisB Jun 06, 2016

The world breaks every one and afterward many are strong at the broken places.

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Musiclover19
Sep 29, 2014

If people bring so much courage to the world, the world has to kill them to break them, so of course it kills them. The world breaks everyone and many are stronger at the broken places. But those it 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 hurry.

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bbock291
Nov 30, 2016

bbock291 thinks this title is suitable for 14 years and over

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