Wednesday, June 27, 2012
A Farewell to Arms by Ernest Hemingway
I read this book for a read-along with War Through the Generations blog, which sponsors the reading challenges I have done for the past 4 years (World War II in 2009, Vietnam in 2010, US Civil War in 2011, and now World War I this year). I had never read any Hemingway before, so I thought this would be a good chance to read something of his. It is the semi-autobiographical story of American Lieutenant Fredric Henry, who is serving as an ambulance driver in the Italian Army, and the love affair between Henry and the British nurse Catherine Barkley. Henry is the narrator of the story, and he is a very stoic character; we really don't learn much about him. According to the blurb on the back of my copy of the book, "Hemingway wrote in short, declarative sentences and was known for his tough, terse prose." This made it easy enough to read, but I can't say I enjoyed it much. I rate it 2 out of 5. It is my 5th book for the World War I reading challenge.