A Farewell to Arms

A Farewell to Arms

Audiobook CD - 2006 | Unabridged.
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Hemingway's classic novel of the First World WarThe best American novel to emerge from World War I,A Farewell to Armsis the unforgettable story of an American ambulance driver on the Italian front and his passion for a beautiful English nurse. 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.Ernest Hemingwaydid more to change the style of English prose than any other writer in the twentieth century, and for his efforts he was awarded the Nobel Prize for literature in 1954. Hemingway wrote in short, declarative sentences and was known for his tough, terse prose. Publication ofThe Sun Also RisesandA Farewell to Armsimmediately established Ernest Hemingway as one of the greatest literary lights of the twentieth century. As part of the expatriate community in 1920s Paris, the former journalist and World War I ambulance driver began a career that lead to international fame. Hemingway was an aficionado of bullfighting and big-game hunting, and his main protagonists were always men and women of courage and conviction, who suffered unseen scars, both physical and emotional. He covered the Spanish Civil War, portraying it in fiction in his brilliant novelFor Whom the Bell Tolls,and he subsequently covered World War II. His classic novellaThe Old Man and the Seawon the Pulitzer Prize in 1953. He died in 1961.
Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster Audio, ℗2006, ©1929.
Edition: Unabridged.
ISBN: 9780743564373
0743564375
Branch Call Number: Audiobook FIC Hemin
Characteristics: 8 sound discs (approximately 9 hr.) : digital ; 4 3/4 in.
Additional Contributors: Slattery, John 1962-

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RescueDog
Feb 23, 2018

I read this book because it was on the World War I reading list from the library. Actually, I didn’t read it, I listened to it. I think that made a 3 Star book into a 4 Star book. I loved the accents & voice inflections used by reader John Slattery. I wasn’t expecting so much humor! Let’s face it, there is very little humor in the average WWI novel. I haven’t read anything else that dealt with the war in Italy. I would have liked more between the soldiers & less of the romance, but I understand that isn’t the point of the novel.
I didn’t like the “romance” of the novel at all. If this is the average man’s view of romance, then I understand why the divorce rate is so high. I can’t imagine so much inane conversation with any boyfriend! I would rather read a book any day. I honestly couldn’t figure out what either of these people saw in each other.
Now a word of warning. I also had a printed copy of the book with 3 introductions & made the mistake of reading them before the book, since I thought that was the purpose of an introduction. Big mistake. The one written by his son (or grandson?) told me everything that was going to happen in the book. Since there isn’t really all that much that happens in the book, I was more than a little bit annoyed. I only bothered to read the book after that because I was interested in the WWI aspect. They should have a spoiler alert on them or put them at the back of the book!

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paisano
Sep 30, 2014

Classic. Had not read it since high school. I think I appreciate Hemingway's writing more as an adult than I did as a high school student.

Aggie3 Sep 19, 2014

This is my first Hemingway book... At first I found it a little boring and had to get used to the style it was written in. But after a while, I started to enjoy the quirky and repetitive dialogues. I am glad I stuck to the end, as I got to enjoy reading each page. The ending was unexpected, but it didn't shock me as I figured mid-book that Hemingway wasn't an ordinary author.

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FavouriteFiction Sep 30, 2009

American Lieutenant Henry and British nurse Catherine Barkley meet and fall in love during World War I.

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