A Farewell to Arms

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Authors: Hemingway, Ernest, 1899-1961
Statement of Responsibility: Ernest Hemingway
Title: A farewell to arms
Publisher: New York : Scribner, 1929
Characteristics: 355 p. ; 21 cm.
Notes: Summary of plot on front wrapper flap, and plot summary of Torrents of Spring on back flap; with excerpts from positive reviews for The Sun Also Rises and Men Without Women on back wrapper
Dust jacket designed by Cleonike Damianakes, signed "Cleon."
Restrictions on Access: Berg Collection is restricted access; request permission from holding division
Binding: Issued in black cloth boards with author and title printed in black on gold label affixed to front cover and on spine; with dust jacket illustrated with gold and orange drawing of young man and winged, female angel, torsos nude, asleep on rocks beneath floral vine
Local Note: Berg Collection copy 2 is bequest of the estate of Joseph McCrindle, 2009
Berg Collection copy 2 dust jacket with only very minor wear; in blue clam shell case
Berg Collection copy 1 with House of Books Ltd (NYC) book label affixed to bottom rear paste-down
Berg Collection copy 1 with moderate wear to top of dust jacket; in NYPL protective enclosure
Berg Collection copies are 1st edition, 1st issue
Subject Headings: World War, 1914-1918 Fiction
Topical Term: World War, 1914-1918
Additional Contributors: Cleonike 1895-1979
LCCN: 29020658
Research Call Number: Berg Coll Hemingway F37 1929
NCW (Hemingway, E. Farewell to arms)
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Sep 29, 2014
  • Musiclover19 rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

This is not your average war story- the narrator is not a soldier, but a taxi driver, and eventually, not even that. However, the story still touches on important themes of death, coping, and relationships.
Hemingway's writing is very straightforward- and if you like flowery language, this might be a bit dull for you.
Personally, I enjoyed the no-nonsense writing, though I did not become particularly attached to Catherine.

Apr 08, 2014
  • AllieTaylor rated this: 0.5 stars out of 5.

I'm a fairly voracious reader and somehow this book had always passed me by so I decided to catch it up. I cannot believe that this is considered a classic. All right, from time to time, the writing is excellent but overall I would have to say that the plot is puerile and the writing is generally infantile. I can think of at least half a dozen books that will give someone a better taste and feel of the First World War: for a Canadian experience, try The Wars (Findley); for a German outlook, All Quiet on the Western Front (Remarque). Additionally, I'd recommend Birdsong (Faulkes) and Regeneration (Barker), and don't forget to read Dr Zhivago (Pasternak)!. And that's saying nothing about the tons of wonderful poetry...

Feb 09, 2013
  • lindadavid43 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This book sounds beautiful read aloud--share it with a partner or friend this way!

I read this as a teenager, then again as an adult. Definitely worth a second time around.

May 11, 2010
  • meaganpeters4 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

A look inot the life of one man and his love during the War. Absolutely loved it and would reccomend it to any one!

Feb 21, 2010
  • tinybookworm rated this: 1 stars out of 5.

I read this book because it is a well-known classic, but I got half way through it and could not finish it (and I enjoy reading all sorts of novels). I thought it was boring and the dialogue between the main characters just didn't interest me.

Jan 22, 2010
  • BENJAMIN KENNEDY rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

My first Hemingway novel and it was excellent. Hemingway's knowledge of the english language and his simplicity is what makes this book a classic. The book was an excellent read, and it certaintly won't be my last Hemingway novel.


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Sep 29, 2014
  • Musiclover19 rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

If people bring so much courage to the world, the world has to kill them to break them, so of course it kills them. The world breaks everyone and many are stronger at the broken places. But those it will not break it kills. It kills the very good and the very gentle and the very brave impartially. If you are none of these, you can be sure it will kill you too but there will be no special hurry.


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