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I wanted to do something for him. You see, I didn't care about the other thing and he could have had it all. He could have had anything he wanted if I would have known. I would have married him or anything. I know all about it now. But then he wanted to go to war and I didn't know.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.
Hemingway was not known for either unbridled optimism or happy endings, and A Farewell to Arms, like his other novels (For Whom the Bell Tolls, The Sun Also Rises, and To Have and Have Not), offers neither. What it does provide is an unblinking portrayal of men and women behaving with grace under pressure, both physical and psychological, and somehow finding the courage to go on in the face of certain loss. --Alix Wilber
A great novel that I was anxious to read again after a very long lapse. A necessary read after the WWI celebrations, This book underlines the awful waste and futility of that War.Published 3 months ago by Oldprof
I read this book as part of the english curriculum in Grade 11. Apparently this book as a classic. Why? The book is a piece of crap. Read morePublished on Feb. 18 2007 by Holton
"Oh, do say I'm a good book, darling", she said.
"Yes, you are a wonderfully lovely book", he said
"I am a wonderful book aren't I? Read more
This is a fantastic novel that is very easy to get into. Hemmingway's short, descriptive sentences offer a style uncanny to any other's and they clash very effectively with his... Read morePublished on May 9 2005 by Miguel Morrissette
In spite of being well written, I take a star away from the book for one single reason: even though I can understand the stressing circumstances under which this love develops,... Read morePublished on March 6 2005 by ThomsEBynum
Ernest Hemingway beautifully manages to take us through the ordeals a young man experiences in life. Read morePublished on July 18 2004 by T. Melhado
In spite of being well written, I take a star away from the book for one single reason: even though I can understand the stressing circumstances under which this love develops,... Read morePublished on June 27 2004
I've heard it said before that you either love Hemingway or you hate him. In the past, I was a staunch supporter of the 'hate' side, but after reading A Farewell to Arms, I moved... Read morePublished on June 21 2004 by Sabra