Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Love in World War I

A Farewell to Arms
A Farewell to Arms is a classic in American Literature.  I first read this novel when I was a junior in high school.  I loved it then…


Lieutenant Henry has enlisted the Italian Army in World War I.  The United States was not involved yet.   His job during this time is drive ambulances from the battlefield to the nearest hospital.  At one of those hospitals is a nurse Catherine Barkley.   Lt. Henry found himself injured and in the care of Ms. Barkley.     How will the war affect them?  Will they be able to stay together?

My Thoughts:

I listened to the story this time.  The narration wasn’t bad.   You can tell that this novel was written from the male perspective.  I loved it the first time for the romantic relationship between Catherine and Lieutenant Henry.   The story is timeless and can be appreciated.  I just don’t know that I would appreciate it another time around.

We honor Ernest Hemingway as a means of remembering early history of the United States.   He wrote mainly during the World War  I era to World War II.   While his life ended tragically, hopefully his work will continue to live on.



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