A Farewell To Arms is an honest portrayal
of the harshness of WWI. Lieutenant
Frederic Henry serves as an ambulance driver on the Italian Front. Nurse Catherine Barkley catches his fancy; their
affair is overshadowed by the backdrop of war.
Ernest Hemingway served during WWI as an ambulance driver on the Italian
Front. He was severely wounded and fell
madly in love with a nurse. Hemingway
draws the truth from these emotionally charged experiences for his fiction, painting
a vivid picture of the raw bleakness of war and the sometimes staggering
intensity of love.
The best American novel to emerge from World War I, A Farewell to Arms is the unforgettable story of an American ambulance driver on the Italian front and his passion for a beautiful English nurse.
The best American novel to emerge from World War I, A Farewell to Arms is the unforgettable story of an American ambulance driver on the Italian front and his passion for a beautiful English nurse. Hemingway’s frank portrayal of the love between Lieutenant Henry and Catherine Barkley, caught in the inexorable sweep of war, glows with an intensity unrivaled in modern literature, while his description of the German attack on Caporetto—of lines of fired men marching in the rain, hungry, weary, and demoralized—is one of the greatest moments in literary history. A story of love and pain, of loyalty and desertion, A Farewell to Arms, written when he was thirty years old, represents a new romanticism for Hemingway.
About the Author
Ernest Hemingway did more to influence the style of English prose than any other writer of his time. Publication of The Sun Also Rises and A Farewell to Arms immediately established him as one of the greatest literary lights of the 20th century. His classic novella The Old Man and the Sea won the Pulitzer Prize in 1953. Hemingway was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1954. He died in 1961.