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A Farewell to Arms by Ernest Hemingway
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Nov 09, 08

bookshelves: fiction
Recommended for: everyone
Read in December, 2007, read count: 2

AFTA is one of my favorite novels and is Hemingway's best. Frederic Henry's romance with Catherine Barkley is profound and moving (though many would disagree with me). The novel showcases H's ability to use spare words while imbuing a work with emotional depth. Opening passage is one of the best in literature. Exceptional work featuring breathtaking passages along with some weaker ones. Themes of love, war, and the question of meaning are ever-present.

As one of the first novels I ever loved, AFTA will always be special to me.

I read the hard-cover Scribner version.

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Ernest Hemingway
“If people bring so much courage to this world the world has to kill them to break them, so of course it kills them. The world breaks every one and afterward many are strong at the broken places. But those that will not break it kills. It kills the very good and the very gentle and the very brave impartially. If you are none of these you can be sure it will kill you too but there will be no special hurry.”
Ernest Hemingway, A Farewell to Arms

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