The story starts brilliantly with the love-making between the young American hero, Henry, a volunteer in the Italian Ambulance Service, and Catherine Barkley, an English nurse in the British hospital at Goritzia.
A Farewell to Arms Posted in: Instead of apologizing for his unruly behavior, the character had placed the blame on Hemingway himself.
Not remembering this particular scene, I started reading A Farewell to Arms a few weeks ago during a trip to Peru. After finishing it, I was reminded of the important role the book played in the film and I can now state unambiguously that despite a tough-to-read ending, Hemingway has nothing to apologize for.
Considered a classic, the novel brings readers into that war as it is slowly winding to its conclusion. Lieutenant Henry is the main character, an American serving in the Italian military who has seen the ugliness of war but believes that his side must continue to fight until the enemy is decimated.
The dialogue is simple but the emotions are complicated ones that are borne out by men who have seen their friends and loved ones die and who are simply weary of fighting a never-ending battle. To his credit, Hemingway depicts the pain of war by focusing on soldiers on the battlefield.
The officers featured here know little about how much longer the war will last— they only know what they hear on the radio and what their commanding officers tell them— and so they are unaware of many of the events of the war. What they are aware of is their own camaraderie and their affection for one another.
The soldiers mock each other and an idealistic priest stationed with them but they never forget who their brothers in battle are. You are my best friend and my war brother. In the end, after the main character endures hardship after hardship, his short-lived happiness is undermined and the unrelenting power of death surrounding him becomes readily apparent.
You never had time to learn… they [the omniscient forces that run everything] killed you in the end. You can count on that. Stay around and they would kill you. He truly has nothing to apologize for.A Farewell To Arms demands the reader's patience, and then rewards it ten-fold.
For example, there is a specific passage toward the end of the book which F. Scott Fitzgerald praised as "the finest passage ever written in the history of the English language.". There is something so complete in Mr Hemingway's achievement in A Farewell to Arms that one is left speculating as to whether another novel will follow in this manner, and whether it does not.
Slaughterhouse Five is a fable of PTSD, aliens, and time travel — well, so is A Farewell to Arms. A Farewell to Arms gives us a pathetic narrator, unstuck in time, who finds that telling the ridiculous is the only way to tell about the trauma he has experienced in a way that makes sense and honors the loss.
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. Selznick did not like the version of A FAREWELL TO ARMS; he called it "a critic's pet," and intended not only to reshape that film to his own perspective but to have Hecht alter the story's.
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.