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A Farewell to Arms by Ernest Hemingway
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Oct 31, 2016

it was amazing
bookshelves: classics, fiction, i-own-a-copy
Read in November, 2003

I was excited about reading this particular book for class my junior year of high school not only because of the time period it was written during but because I simply adored the movie starring Gary Cooper and Helen Hayes. I was not disappointed.

The story is well developed and interesting. It concerns Henry and Catherine, an ambulance driver and a nurse during WWI. Some might scoff at how quickly the main characters fall in love but in the world of Hemingway's war, it makes complete sense. The two are lonely, they know that their time may be short and there is no time to worry about details. The characters seek the love and compassion in each other in order to stay sane and survive.

The descriptions of the locations during and after the war scenes are incredible and sometimes a bit overwhelming. The concentration on simple things like wine and cheese only further illustrate the need for enjoyment in the lives of the soldiers amid chaos and death.
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