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A Farewell to Arms by Ernest Hemingway
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Nov 19, 2008

really liked it
bookshelves: classics
Read in November, 2008

For those of you who didn't hear me babbling about this at SnB the other week, this is only the second Hemingway book I've ever read, although I've read a few short stories, and when I was like seven years old, we visited his house in Florida. It's a cheesy tourist trap filled with stray cats, so of course I loved it.

Basically this novel is his version of an unabashed love story, which means it's also sad, and there's a lot of drinking, and it's wartime in Italy (just pre America getting involved in World War I). The romance is between an American ambulance driver and a British nurse and the amount of drinking is colossal. Seriously. If you attempted to ingest the exact amounts of liquor as described during a typical day in this book, you'd be dead. The description is sparse and the dialogue can get repetitive, but the action and behavior is extremely moving, and I preferred it to "To Have and Have Not."

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Stephanie Read The Sun Also Rises. So beautiful and fun and brooding, and, of course, full of drinking.

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