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Written by Ernest Hemingway. Upload Sign In Join. Home Audiobooks Classic Literature. Play Sample. Create a List. Download to App. Length: 3 hours. Description El metodo casi periodistico y descarnado de Hemingway muestra al joven idealista Frederick Henry, quien despues de cumplir como voluntario en el ejercito, se enamora y huye, para encontrarse con dramas incluso superiores a los del campo de batalla.

Es una novela llena de significados y con un fondo, que a pesar de su realismo es de un romanticismo digno de los grandes creadores del siglo XIX. It's been a long time since I read Hemingway.

This is my first time for "A Farewell to Arms. The action is restrained but steady, and I realized gradually that a key element is the relentlessly realistic dialogue. The American protagonist, Frederick Henry, is involved in every scene. The life of the book is his life. His recurring, desultory involvement in his own life and his role in the Italian Army in World War I is the backdrop of his elaborately played out relationship with the nurse, Catherine Barkley. On the other hand, except for brief interludes, the characters really don't seem to be at peace.

For Henry, it's an ironic farewell. My least favorite of Papa's major novels. It merits mention fo rbeing a conversation starter. I was reading this in a pub and was approached by a guy.

He proved to be a nutter. I didn't know that then. He approached, pointed to my book and began rambling about how Hemingway and Hunter Thompson understood the essence of things this was years before Thompson's suicide and that their lives of excess were a just a relief for their clairty. That is my paraphrase.

I wound up talking to the guy for hours and drinking a deal of beeer. I have seen him twice since then. He doesn't appear to remember me. On good terms with the Italian officers he is stationed with, his love affair with a local English nurse deepens when he is badly wounded by a shell, but once his convalescence is complete and he returns to the front he discovers that the summer has been a difficult one for his compatriots, and his war turns a very different corner.

Given Hemingway's first-hand experience of what he was writing about, this book felt very powerful on many levels. Less about the experiences of being in the middle of the fighting on the front-line battlefield although at one point it touches on it in a hugely impacting way , it is more about the myriad of war experiences of the men involved in the Italian front in the border mountains with Austria-Hungary, especially while they were waiting for the bigger offensives to take place.

As the protagonist is wounded, we experience the juxtaposition of life in untouched Milan, where normality continues to a large extent, and the difficulty of then returning to a much changed war. The depictions of being part of a losing army that is being pushed back were deeply moving and engrossing, and Hemingway puts us front and centre in the middle of the confusions, heightened emotions and dangers that arose during the chaos of a major retreat. At its core, this book is the story of a love affair being conducted in the thick of the war.

However, if you take it for what it is - a fictional account of a war relationship from a very different era - it's a terrific read. His sentence style is a little bizarre at times on occasions he jumps around topics between commas requiring some rereading to get the flow of the sentence properly , but the occasional choppiness in style somehow fits the tensions of the time where one couldn't afford to think too deeply and long-term about anything.

Overall, I'm surprised and delighted by my first Hemingway. It was a fabulous page-turner, and I'll definitely be back for more. An interesting text illustrating how Hemingway transformed his inner emotions and memories into art. His prose has the feel of hand-rubbed oil-finished oak wood grain, and the more the reader knows about Hemingway's biography, the more interesting this book becomes as a crafted surface displaying the objective correlatives of his inner life.

From his difficult childhood, to his experiences in WWI at the age of 19, and his immersion into a literal landscape of corpses and ideological pointlessness, there touched by a flame of romantic hope only to have it blown out, all of these elements combine in A Farewell to Arms.

Woof - what a depressing book in many ways. The writing style of short and to the point sentences was both appealing and frustrating. I felt that it made the characters a bit too one dimensional, but at the same time helped give a matter-of-factness to the war and the people living through it. I am glad I read this, my first Hemingway, and feel like I understand the point of the hopelessness of war and life of the time.

Hemingways gaafste roman. Opvallend contrast tussen harde oorlogscenes en sweet talk tussen de geliefden. Hun relatie is onromantisch, maar toch zoet;. I see so many mixed reviews about Hemingway's novels. This was my second book by Hemingway that I have read and I was surprised by how much I enjoyed it!

It was by no means the perfect read but I really enjoyed the setting and the characters. There were a few times it got a little sluggish but for the most part I really liked this book. Made it to chapter twelve, decided I din't care about any of the characters.

This was a classic I always meant to read and I'm glad I did. Most of it was fast moving and the plot was interesting. However, I didn't like the character development, especially of Katherine.

She seems to be a stereotypic view of what "a man would want. Bleak, unemotional and unengaging. I found Hemingway's prose style annoying and his dialogue worse, and I didn't like his characters. On the other hand, I thought that the plot was well-constructed - I'd have been very surprised if it hadn't been - and that the the book did a good job of conveying the bleakness and uncertainty of war.

I made it to the end, but it was a struggle at times. I'm aware, though, that I'm in a minority and many people love the very things that made me dislike the book. If you like terse prose and depressing war stories, you'll love this book. I really enjoyed the book. It moves through different emotions and seasons seamlessly even though there are dramatic shits in action. I found myself very involved with the characters which seemed distant. A love story during war time.

This story takes place during World War I an American driving ambulances for the Italians, meets an English nurse and love is in bloom. Once again for me , this is a classic that I do not know why it is. Maybe it is just me. Great story, incredible imagery and absolutely horrible dialogue. The short, choppy sentences with constantly repeated words made the characters all sound like they had a third-grade education.

I'm sure there was some deep literary technique here that I just missed, but it really hurt the book. It was saved only by the storyline. I read this in June Not very good. Just tells of a couple who sleep together whenever they can, and how they go to Switzerland and she has baby and dies. Twas easy to read, though. The only thing I'll give Hemingway here is that he managed to convey my feelings about war stories in literary form: cold, emotionless, bored-out-of-my-mind Hemingway's characters are less of characters than the generic Sim I can make in 5 seconds.

I don't like the way he writes--very wordy and repetitive, long run-on sentences--never sure who is talking. Didn't like the dialogue: very stilted;. I found this quite frustrating to read. At times the way he writes conversations are incredibly confusing, just lines and lines of speech, with no indicators as to who is saying what. It's OK for a few lines, but after a page and a half, it's very easy to get lost as to who is saying what.

Especially when the conversation is a bit banal and largely pointless. There is an odd use of language as well.

At times it feels a bit stilted, at others the word choice is strange. Describing something 3 times in the same sentence as "nice" isn't what I expected. At times the choice of language was simple, at others repetitive, it didn't seem to be elegant or well considered. The tale told is both simple and complicated. The central character is an American of I think Italian extraction who is serving in the Italian ambulance service on the Italian front.

He's there because he's volunteered, not because he's been conscripted. He gets injured, treated and returned to the front shortly before the big breakthrough and collapse of the Italians at Carporetto. He gets swept up in the retreat and the way that the army degenerates is vividly told.

However, it also sees the end of his involvement with the war. However this does not end neatly, his own life disintegrates, with the nurse he had met and fallen in love with escaping over the Swiss boarder with him, before failing to survive childbirth.

At times I quite enjoyed this, but I failed to warm to Catherine, she was just so insipid as to be nothing that the narrator did not want her to be. She kept going on about being a good wife to him, if she wanted to do something he didn't she immediately changed her mind. I found her impossible to feel for or warm to.

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