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.
Back cover of A Farewell to Arms
The cover of an early edition of A Farewell to Arms focuses on the tragic love story in the novel, using classical imagery to show two lovers in despair. The small canons on both sides of the title hint that the war provided the context for the...
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