A Farewell to Arms by Ernest Hemingway
Hemingway's 1929 novel A Farewell to Arms is narrated by
Henry, a young American ambulance driver for the Italian military during
World War I. Henry suffers injuries much like Hemingway's, falls in love
with a nurse, and eventually deserts the Italian army. Though Hemingway
gives much attention to the love story, the novel also depicts wartime
horrors, obstacles, and discouragement. Henry's wife and son die in
childbirth, and this tragedy and the shock of war leave him broken and
disillusioned. Some critics consider A Farewell to
Arms to be Hemingway's protest against all wars and armed conflicts
result in large numbers of casualties.
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Photograph of Ernest Hemingway in uniform
A photograph of Ernest Hemingway in a World War I uniform. The uniform he wears is most likely from his service in the American Red Cross.
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