Written in an almost childlike journalistic style, this book gives a glimpse into WWI that Hemingway saw first hand. If you research the themes of the book, it becomes even more meaningful. I'm glad I read it.
Yes, it's a classic. Did I like it? Not so much. Hemingway's writing style to me is much like a person writing in a second language, clunky and without grace. However - I'm glad I read it - it was the first Hemingway that I've read and I will try others.
This book is by far one of my favourite books I've read. Hemingway's way of writing is completely different from what you're probably used to. This book was read by my sophomore class in my high school, and my teacher awarded me this book for my excellent review on it. I recommend this book to anyone who's into a different style of writing, and romance in war times. It's beautifully crafted with a twisted storyline.
I appear to be in the minority here, but I really didn't like this book at all. I forced myself to finish it because I did want to know what happened in the end, but it took an effort to get through. His writing style is unusual, I didn't particularly care for it. The characters in the book were all rather flat and lacking in personality, particularly the character of Catherine, his great love. I found myself questioning why he would love her at all, she had no thoughts or feelings of her own, her only desire in life was to be whatever she needed to be in order to please him.
I did find the descriptions of life at the front during World War I interesting. If you are interested in this time period the book is worth reading because it gives a sense of what the daily life of a soldier might have been like. However, if you are looking for a great love story, I wouldn't recommend this book.
Always a good book to read
This is a classic that is not to be missed. I've read it twice and enjoyed every page both times. Would recommend to everybody.
I did like this book. I love the way Hemingway describes a scene and sets the tone. My only problem is the dialogue. It's incredibly dry and stunted. I often found myself skipping over bits of dialogue so I could continue without losing interest.
Love this!! See the movie too! Great for all you romance lovers
I was surprised at the sentimentality and romaticism of this book! Lovely....
It was nice reading a piece of classic American literature. His short stories are more appealing to me.
Just not a Hemingway fan, and this didn't do much to change my opinion. This is "the most romantic" of his novels, but not very. The love story simply felt flat and artificial most of the way through. It's one of those relationships where they're in love because the writer says they're in love. The most compelling section was the part where the hero was trying to get to safety after being cut off during a retreat. Guy stuff, I guess.
One of my favorite of his books.
An amazing perspective on WWI. An American serving in the Italian army? A crazy amount of alcohol, even in the hospital! And a lovely ending.
War & Love...something for everyone. If you're not a big fan of Hemingway's style (like me) this might be a good one to tackle next. I decided to give him a chance on this and I actually enjoyed it.
I am not sure why this book is considered a classic. I felt I was reading a book with someone speaking in a monotone, who just kept repeating the same thing over and over. I wanted to feel something for the characters, but I could not. Just a note to anyone who requests this copy I received mine from another member and it did arrive with some stains on the top pages, but it is in good shape.
How can you knock this classic? A book everyone should read before they die.
It's a classic Hemingway.
some of the book was boring but the love story was great in it.
What a beautiful love story. I greatly enjoyed this audio CD and the narrator's voice was perfect for this novel. I have read "The Old Man and the Sea" and was not impressed with it, although that was many years ago. I might feel differently now. I felt it was extremely depressing, so I was nervous to purchase this title. I recently went on a cruise that had a port of call in Key West, FL. We took the shore excursion to tour Ernest Hemingway's Key West home. The house is very mid-century modern and the story of Hemingway's life is interesting. We learned this book "A Farewell to Arms" was in part, parallel to Hemingway's life in WWI. That's when I bought my copy. I had to listen to it after taking the home tour. This is a love story closely modeled from the love affair he had with his nurse, whom he eventually married. She was one of his 3 wives. Keeping this in mind while I listened to the book made me see Hemingway in a completely different light than I had felt when reading "The Old Man and the Sea", which he wrote in a much later part of his life. I loved the writing style, and feel it probably sounds different when listening to the audio CD than it would had I read the hardcopy in my own voice in my head. The accents of the narrator were spot on, and absolutely flawless. I highly recommend this book!
One of Hemingway's best, "A Farewell to Arms" follows an American WWI ambulance driver on the Italian front as he falls in love with an Englsh nurse and attempts to escape the war in order to build a life with her.
This book is in excellent condition.
I tried reading this book and did not like it. My daughter had to read it for school and also did not like it. It is a classic so I am sure someone out there would like it.