A Farewell to Arms
I had to read this for Global II Honors and when i started to read this book i thought it was bad. For 4 reasons. #1 I didn't like that they mentioned like a thousand places that they went to. #2 I thought that the main characters love interest was crazy, one minute she was composed then she was crying. I was like calm down lady. #3 the ending i felt was insincere and sucked. #4 i didn't feel my usual connections to the characters or their plight. and for the Bonus i had to take a essay type test which made this worse. It could have been better.
This is something I never would have said in school, but Hemingway missed the mark on this one. I can't stand the Catherine character! She's not the least bit realistic! The book has some good points, but as far as realism goes, the things that came out of Catherine's mouth would never be said by any self-respecting female.
This felt more like a male version of a romance novel with the woman saying what the man wants to hear, much like how the male characters in those novels (the stable boy with the heart of gold!) say just what every woman wants to here. However, I expected better from Hemingway.
If you want to try out some of his work, I would not recommend starting with this book.
I have to agree with other reviewers about the female characterization in this novel. Catherine Barkley is just SO wet and boring! When she dies at the end of the novel I breathed a huge sigh of relief.
I did not like Frederick Henry either. In fact, I was so impatient to finish this book I found myself just scanning paragraphs for the gist of the plot, and moving on. I, quite literally, did not care what happened to either of them
This was not - thank God - my first Hemingway, or it might've been my last. I had previously read The Sun Also Rises and loved it. In that book the lead female character was also a fantasy, but at least an interesting one.
I had to read this book for a paper I was doing on Hemmingway and his writings. I was not looking forward to it becasue I thought it would be very boring. Once I started to read though I was surprised. It was a really good story. I felt like I was right there in that world. Hemmingway is a great writer and he tells how things are. I do not have a favorite part becasue I just could not pick one. The whole thing was good.
I usually give most books a chance. If it's at least written well while the plot sucks, I'll still say it was good, but Hemingway fell short on everything.
By the first page I was bored out of my mind. His characters never did develop and there seemed almost no climax. The writing was atrocious and at times seemed nonsensical and useless. Maybe this is what macho-hemingway meant to do, but the character's seemed like they had almost no feelings. When Catherine Barkley said she loved Frederick, it seemed so fake and unreal.
Makes you wonder how some books become "classics."
Anyways, though, the "plot" revolved around Frederick Henry. He was an American who oddly enough joined the Italian army as an ambulence driver during WWI. He fell in love with a beautiful nurse named Catherine Barkley and they drank lots of grappa and had sex in his infirmary bed when he got injured by a shell. Later, Henry deserted the army and fled to another country with Catherine to escape punishment. There, something terrible happens to Catherine, and in effect, Frederick also experiences pain. Such a tragedy.
The end to this terribly horrific book. Yay!
The book was well writen and was interseting inthe perpspective of if all morls were lost. This though did not make up for the lack of movement in the plot. I liked it, but it wasn't my favorite book and it was rather slow. A good read if you like that sort of thing.
While Hemingway is considered one of the greats, I have to take issue with his female characterization. The female character in this book seems very unrealistic as if she's saying what Hemingway wants to hear a woman in that situation say as opposed to what an actual woman in that situation really would say. She's a male fantasy character rather than a realistic one.
However, I gave this a "3" rating because the male character does have faults-he's not a perfect hero and he admits to being frightened, instead of the usual John Wayne/heros were normally see. It's also an interesting book to read at the present time with the 2 wars on terror going on in the world. The cliched lines Hemingway uses have become less of a cliche to me as I'm realizing that war time brings out heightened emotions.
A Farewell to Arms is a story about an American ambulance driver and an English nurse. The setting of the book is during World War 1 on the Italian front. Lieutenant Henry and Catherine Barkley are in love, but they are caught in the inevitable sweep of war. The two characters face the problem of injuries and separation. In this book Ernest Hemingway portrays the love between two people, and systematically ties in the life of the soldiers during WW1. Hemingway shows a realistic standpoint of a typical soldier's life during war, and produces a compelling love story.
This book presents an intriguing plot and is by far one of Hemingway's best works. This book has all the right components and A Farewell to Arms is a great book. Hemingway's unique writing style and his sovereign understanding of the part helps him to create a classic. In this book he has successfully manifested his mastery of English prose. I enjoyed this book very much. I strongly recommend this book to other readers. This book provides a stimulating plot. The realistic descriptions of war and the gripping love story keeps the reader engrossed in the book. This book has set the standard for novels when it was written.