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18. August 2011 085720453X 978-0857204530 Unabridged
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 unrivalled 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 30 years old, represents a new romanticism for Hemingway.

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  • Audio CD: 8 Seiten
  • Verlag: Simon & Schuster Audio; Auflage: Unabridged (18. August 2011)
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ISBN-10: 085720453X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0857204530
  • Größe und/oder Gewicht: 13,2 x 13 x 2,2 cm
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As a youth of 18, Ernest Hemingway was eager to fight in the Great War. Poor vision kept him out of the army, so he joined the ambulance corps instead and was sent to France. Then he transferred to Italy where he became the first American wounded in that country during World War I. Hemingway came out of the European battlefields with a medal for valor and a wealth of experience that he would, 10 years later, spin into literary gold with A Farewell to Arms. This is the story of Lieutenant Henry, an American, and Catherine Barkley, a British nurse. The two meet in Italy, and almost immediately Hemingway sets up the central tension of the novel: the tenuous nature of love in a time of war. During their first encounter, Catherine tells Henry about her fiancé of eight years who had been killed the year before in the Somme. Explaining why she hadn't married him, she says she was afraid marriage would be bad for him, then admits:
I wanted to do something for him. You see, I didn't care about the other thing and he could have had it all. He could have had anything he wanted if I would have known. I would have married him or anything. I know all about it now. But then he wanted to go to war and I didn't know.
The two begin an affair, with Henry quite convinced that he "did not love Catherine Barkley nor had any idea of loving her. This was a game, like bridge, in which you said things instead of playing cards." Soon enough, however, the game turns serious for both of them and ultimately Henry ends up deserting to be with Catherine.

Hemingway was not known for either unbridled optimism or happy endings, and A Farewell to Arms, like his other novels (For Whom the Bell Tolls, The Sun Also Rises, and To Have and Have Not), offers neither. What it does provide is an unblinking portrayal of men and women behaving with grace under pressure, both physical and psychological, and somehow finding the courage to go on in the face of certain loss. --Alix Wilber -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine andere Ausgabe: Taschenbuch .


"Hard, almost metallic, glittering, blinding by the reflections of its hard surface, utterly free of sentimentality- a strange and original book, it will convince you of its honesty and veracity" (Arnold Bennett)

"A most beautiful, moving and humane book" (Vita Sackville-West)

"A novel of great power." (TLS) -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine vergriffene oder nicht verfügbare Ausgabe dieses Titels.

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3.0 von 5 Sternen Not Hemingway's Best 30. Mai 2000
I read this in high school about twenty years ago, and recently decided to revisit this work. I think this is an important thing to do. As our lives change, quite often the meaning of great books change to us also, and we can gain an even richer experience. I am sorry to report that this is not the case with this novel. At the risk of sounding sacrilegious, I would suggest that this book is a long way from resembling the great canon of work that is Hemingway's.
Now don't start screaming yet. Please bear with me. To begin with, don't we seem to have a rather idealized version of our hero's girlfriend? She is blonde, slender and beautiful; falls in love with him immediately; and without any complications. Every time she is with him, everything is just "grand." Isn't this just a little too perfect? We know she is Scottish, but what else? She has no brothers, sisters, or mother and father that we know of. What indeed, is she doing in Italy, other than simply being available? She's not much of an idealist. After all, it didn't take much convincing for her to leave the war, just as our hero did. Who is she?
For that matter, what about Mr. Henry? He is an American fighting in the Italian army as an ambulance driver during World War I. Yes, I know this is true of Hemingway's life, but as fiction, we need more clarity. Isn't this a little unusual? Why is he there? He never explains. He's there, he gets wounded, he fights again, he gets sick of it, he leaves. Even more annoying, his family always seems to send him money when he gets in a jam. The perfect out. Who are they, and why do they do this?
Even worse is the contrived ending. I won't give away the details, but wow, he sure comes away clean.
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Von Donald Mitchell TOP 500 REZENSENT
This book clearly deserves more than five stars.

A Farewell to Arms is the semi-autobiographical tale of an American lieutenant in the Italian army near the end of World War I. Though the book's action, you will see the gradual distintegration of the hero's commitment to the conflict and his faltering attempts to create a new personna. While this is clearly one of the greatest anti-war books of all time, it transcends that genre to look more directly at the nature of life's challenges and how we meet them. As such, A Farewell to Arms ranks as one of the greatest of all American philosphical novels as well. For Hemingway aficionados, you will be fascinated to see his ornate writing style before he developed his eventual, much-admired spare form. This is stream of consciousness Hemingway at its best.

Lieutenant Henry is a man caught in the drift of events, without knowing what he stands for. He does his duty, but often out of habit rather than principle. When the full force of man and nature turn on him, he reverts to his instincts for self-survival. He wants little to do with the world, except in taking those delights that most please him. In the course of realizing and trying to overcome his emotional weaknesses, he simply isolates himself in new ways. Even love can only touch him when it is defined solely in his own terms.

Hemingway sees personal progress as only being possible through extreme pain. "The world breaks every one and afterward many are strong at the broken places." That's the good news. The bad news is that "those that will not break it kills." The world kills "the very good and the very gentle and the very brave impartially.
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3.0 von 5 Sternen Farewell to Arms: A book review by Jacky Jones 27. März 2000
It is World War I. the fighting between the allied and enemy forces throughout Europe has worn on for months. Almost everyone is tired of the fighting but continue to serve for the good of their countries. For an American serving in the Italian Army, who lacks the patriotism for the country he serves, it becomes quite difficult to focus on the importance of the cause at hand. The discovery of love by Fredrico Henry proves to be a major distraction that ultimately affects the remainder of his presence (or lack of presence) in the war and his subsequent lifestyle. Ernest Hemingway left A Farewell to Arms, although with many sub-themes, with a focus on the classic theme of love and war. The focus on these two themes is evident in the way the two affect each other and in the organization that Hemingway used in the novel. Because the main character narrates the story himself the reader has a keen insight on his true feelings on both love and war. We find in the beginning of the novel that Henry has no incredibly strong viewpoint on the war itself, he seems not to like or dislike it. It is not until the presence of a person who creates love and passion in his life that a true standpoint begins to form. It is the desire to return to love that gives him the inspiration to break from his present situation later in the story. The other major character that could be considered more static, as compared to the dynamic nature of Henry's character, is Catherine. With her love and dedication she produces the inspiration in Henry that creates the changes in his character. The presence of the conflict of war in the novel is used to show the changes that it too can have directly or indirectly on a person's outlook on life. Lesen Sie weiter... ›
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4.0 von 5 Sternen A Farewell to Arms
Arrived on time, good clean condition as described by seller. I am pleased with my purchase and can't wait to read it.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Great
The book is set in the first world war so you would suspect it to be rather sombre.
The great thing is that the author manages to bring humour and love to the dire situations... Lesen Sie weiter...
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I am not going to say anything about the novel: no one needs to read an Amazon customer's review to find out that A Farewell to Arms is one of the really great 20th-century... Lesen Sie weiter...
Vor 22 Monaten von James Fanning veröffentlicht
5.0 von 5 Sternen Eine schöne Ausgabe eines Klassikers
Der Roman ist ein Klassiker und braucht keine neue Rezension. Optisch schön ist die Ausgabe, und sie enthält eine sehr interessante Einführung über das Leben... Lesen Sie weiter...
Veröffentlicht am 24. Juli 2012 von grazialivia
5.0 von 5 Sternen Brilliant, Shocking, Stupid
Ernest Heminghway's "A Farewell to Arms" is a story about men in the first world war in Italy.

The book contains several brilliant situations and discussions between man... Lesen Sie weiter...
Veröffentlicht am 4. Dezember 2007 von Havauka
5.0 von 5 Sternen An Anti-War Novel That Also Uncovers Life's Many Meanings
This book clearly deserves more than five stars.

A Farewell to Arms is the semi-autobiographical tale of an American lieutenant in the Italian army near the end of World... Lesen Sie weiter...
Veröffentlicht am 28. Juli 2007 von Donald Mitchell
5.0 von 5 Sternen An Anti-War Novel That Also Uncovers Life's Many Meanings
This book clearly deserves more than five stars.

A Farewell to Arms is the semi-autobiographical tale of an American lieutenant in the Italian army near the end of World... Lesen Sie weiter...
Veröffentlicht am 28. Juli 2007 von Donald Mitchell
3.0 von 5 Sternen Ein Klassiker, aber wahnsinnig langatmig...
"A Farewell to Arms" zählt sicher zu den bedeutendsten Werken Hemingways und stellt für jeden Literaturliebhaber ein Muß dar. Lesen Sie weiter...
Veröffentlicht am 27. August 2004 von Martin Stelte
5.0 von 5 Sternen A Masterwork
A young American volounteers as an ambulance driver for the Italian army during World War I and meets the love of his life. Lesen Sie weiter...
Veröffentlicht am 22. Januar 2002 von Ralf Toth
5.0 von 5 Sternen Hemingways Meisterwerk
"A Farewell to Arms" stellt aus meiner Sicht die perfekteste Erzählung Hemingways dar - in keinem anderen Werk hat man den Eindruck so dicht am Geschehen zu sein wie... Lesen Sie weiter...
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