Wednesday, February 01, 2006

A Farewell to Arms

Category: War

Author: Ernest Hemingway

Summary: This is the story of Lieutenant Henry, an American, and Catherine Barkley, a British nurse. The two meet in Italy during World War I, and almost immediately Hemingway sets up the central tension of the novel: the tenuous nature of love in a time of war. During their first encounter, Catherine tells Henry about her fiancé of eight years who had been killed the year before in the Somme. Explaining why she hadn't married him, she says she was afraid marriage would be bad for him.
The two begin an affair, with Henry quite convinced that he "did not love Catherine Barkley nor had any idea of loving her. This was a game, like bridge, in which you said things instead of playing cards." Soon enough, however, the game turns serious for both of them and ultimately Henry ends up deserting to be with Catherine.


At 9:12 PM, Blogger Lyndsey♪ said...


A Farewell to Arms is a book that you certainly DON'T want to get sidetracked on while reading. You really have to stick with this book in order to finish it.

WARNING: This is a VERY well written book, however many of the war motifs you might be applying to your paper could be hard to find in this book. It really focuses on the love story between Henry and Catherine and only gives face value to the war side of the story.

Be sure to keep that in mind. There are a few places that you can extract some great war examples and themes, but just be careful...if you're a romantic person you might find yourself more into the love story than what really needs to be focused on.


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