I am the original author of this essay, as well as the owner of CCLaP; it is not being reprinted here illegally. In which I read a hundred so-called "classics" for the first time, then write reports on whether or not they deserve the label Book Published in the late s, right when Modernism was first starting to become a Reprinted from the Chicago Center for Literature and Photography [cclapcenter. Published in the late s, right when Modernism was first starting to become a commercially successful form of the arts, A Farewell to Arms is Ernest Hemingway's wry and cynical look at World War I, the event that most defined not only his generation but also the beginning of the Modernist movement.
More than 45 years ago I minored in English literature majoring in philosophy. As part of the requirement for a minor I wrote a major paper at the end. I chose to write on the novels and at least some of the short stories of Ernest Hemingway. I no longer have that paper, nor even remember my central argument.
I do recall that after writing analyses of each novel and the chosen stories, then surveying a significant parcel of secondary sources, I wrote some sort of critical paean to Ernest Hemingway as stylist. I went to the opening at a local St. Louis art house and in a crowded theater I ended up behind two elderly women of blue-grey hair, in similar flowery print dresses.
Summoning up all my courage and contrary to my upbringing, I blurted out too loudly, for them to please shut up. Then some weeks ago at a guest house in San Jose, Costa Rica, I was interrupted by a young British woman, a former BBC employee, bursting into my reading space, muttering about what a horrid writer was this Ernest Hemingway, and had I ever read the dope!
I blanched and decided this time I would not resort to rudeness but allow for youthful exuberance and British arrogance. In response to her closing remark-question I attempted a gentle reply.
Along the lines of my paper those 45 years earlier, I suggested that his style was then novel and an important contribution to literature at the time. Three weeks later I returned to the same guest house.
However, I do feel a bit unfair, having exchanged his novel for a book which I had just thoroughly panned.
Well, having read a word of the book recently. Perhaps I can excuse this indulgence since it is a re-read, albeit after more than 45 years.
This is the story of a love affair between American Frederick Henry, who runs an ambulance team in the Italian army an English nurse, Catherine Barkley. It is set mainly in war-torn Italy of and early in Switzerland.
Only officers and politicians do that. Hemingway does so much with both dialogue and description to imply, suggest and make the reader FEEL without ever saying it, just how horrible and meaningless war is.
The verbal pictures he paints of WWI are simply brutal in the highest degree, yet when this is compared with just how little the actual combat affected the lives of non-combatants, one almost wishes for wars like that.
The love story between Catherine and Frederick is quite believable. They are fairly ordinary people, neither terribly likeable. Their love affair is not one that would inspire me.
Catherine seems like a desperately sad and lonely person unsure of herself, in need of constant reassurance. Frederick is more aloof, hesitant of love, mainly a horny loner who is virtually trapped by the insecure Catherine.Ernest Hemingway really was a great writer.
His plain-spoken style is symbolic of the main character's values, as well as his own. This novel will shred you to pieces. • THE HEMINGWAY rEVIEW Ernest Hemingway’s A Farewell to Arms: A Reference plombier-nemours.com Linda Wag-ner-Martin.
Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, pp. Hardcover $ Ernest Hemingway’s A Farewell to Arms: A Reference Guideis yet another indispensable addition to Hemingway scholarship by Linda Wagner-Mar-tin.
We start off with one of Ernest Hemingway’s most acclaimed novels; A Farewell to Arms. This novel is set during the first World War in the Italian Front. It follows a young Ambulance Driver for the Red Cross; an American named Frederic Henry.
Hemingway’s harsh British critic was gone, but she had abandoned her copy of A FAREWELL TO ARMS to the donated book shelf. Having just finished a book, I couldn’t resist and thus for the first time in more than 45 years I’ve .
There will be debate as to whether "A Farewell to Arms" is a finer piece of work than "The Sun Also Rises." And there will be cogent arguments advanced on either side. On the surface, the newer story is more effective than the earlier novel. The website notes that such events provided fodder for Hemingway when he was writing A Farewell to Arms, a book which tells the story of a World War I ambulance driver who falls in love with a nurse.
Considered a classic, the novel brings readers into that war as it is slowly winding to its conclusion.