A Farewell To Arms (Ernest Hemingway) - Book Review

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Is it worse to die an ignoble death at the hands of your enemy, or those of your 'supposed' friends?


'A Farewell To Arms' by Ernest Hemingway is one of the novels that emerged from WWI. It is the main American book as they joined the war relatively late in comparison to many of the other countries. It is a fictional story that tells of the ambulance driver Frederic Henry as he helps on the front line in Italy. He falls in love with a nurse named Catherine Barkley and eventually becomes disillusioned by the whole premise of the war. Stylistically it is notable for the hollow and somewhat clipped narration of events and conversations.


I summarised the book as follows. "I found this story to be detached, anti-war and ultimately uneventful. After reading it I came out as apathetic as the Tenente. Stylistically it might have merit for being new but I found the conversations quite off-putting, although the actual story was ok. I feel the were better books from people who spent more time in the war, such as 'All Quiet On The Western Front' or 'Storm of Steel'."


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Timeline:

(0:00) - Intro & Synopsis

(3:00) - A Noble Death: Possible or not?

(5:34) - Apathy: Where does it come from?

(7:02) - Personal Observations/Takeaways

(8:48) - Summary


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