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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 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...
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3.0 von 5 Sternen Not Hemingway's Best
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...
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3.0 von 5 Sternen The Silent Era, 28. März 2000
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Rezension bezieht sich auf: A Farewell to Arms (Taschenbuch)
I read this book because John Keegan recommended it in his book on WWI and because it was Hemingway and the only other writing I'd read of his was "The Old Man and the Sea" when I was in high school 30 years ago, so I felt unwashed.
I read the first paragraph of the novel about six times. Great writing! A wonderfuly simplistic yet portentious description. From there the book wavered back and forth for me.
His descriptions of the battlefield were certainly as realistic as I've read in fiction. But I'm sorry, I really didn't get the relationships he had with his friends. The prose was just too sparse and I just don't understand the lingua he used. I'm convinced that the hip language Hemingway used is not easily understood. Much like some of the first talkies in the early thirties contained language (read Jean Harlow) that was so hip for it's time but not very clear now, the way he talked to Catherine and she back was just too coded for me.
Who was this character? After reading the book I new almost nothing about who he was, what he cared about and why he loved Catherine, though I became convinced that he did. Altogether, I found this to be somewhat puzzling, as it is reported to be a great romantic novel. Hemingway's writing was often beautiful and faultless. His way with words and phrases awe inspiring. But the hero was a schmuck.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Being Brave, 18. November 1999
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Rezension bezieht sich auf: A Farewell to Arms (Taschenbuch)
Hemingway uses love and war to find a bit of truth. Life breaks you--it kills you--if you're "very good" or "very brave." Nature washes over humanity like a flood, merely moving over anyone that lays down for it, but crushing people who stand against it. Hemingway pits Catherine & Frederick against the tide, while taking note of those just swimming along, like Count Greffi. At ninety-four, the Count has survived so long because he, like other old men, did not "grow wise...[but]careful." He hasn't "become more devout" either--perhaps he doesn't care about anything enough to be broken by its loss. He values life because it's all he's got. Catherine dies in the end standing against the flood: she was brave and good and gentle, and those qualities are the antithesis of a world that produces such a meaningless war. Frederick had the honor the bow out of that war when it became obscene to him, and loved Catherine so much she took away his loneliness. He was broken by her death, and I wonder if it will kill him in the rain on the way back to his hotel. Hemmingway wrote a romantic story, and a realistic war novel, but he also wrote something about the difference between living and just existing. That's why this book is great.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen A great work by a true master, 21. August 1998
Rezension bezieht sich auf: A Farewell to Arms (Taschenbuch)
What can one say about Hemingway that has not already been said? His writing makes a person feel alive, or sometimes it makes one realize that there is so much in this world and you should not let life pass you by without participating in it.
Hemingway wastes very few words. The story marches along with the unrelenting cadence of an infantry moving along a country road. Also, Hemingway has an uncanny, nearly unmatched ability to put the reader into each scene with the characters.
Those who criticize this book either read it too quickly or prefer movies to literature. Though the dialogue may coerce one to read quickly, his writing is truly something to be slowly savored, not rushed through in a day or two. Read a few chapters at a time then relax and let what you've read sink in and take root. It is truly amazing stuff and it will leave you breathless if you only take the time to enjoy it.
The criticism of the characters is unjust. Sure some of the characters behave strangely at times, but they behaviour is consistent. Their behaviour is a flaw in their personality, not a flaw in Papa's writing. We all know strange people; that strange people show up in literature is only natural.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Hemingway's romantic masterpiece stands test of time., 12. Januar 1999
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Does A Farewell to Arms stand the test of time? Hemingway's autobiographical, dark vision of war is perhaps more in step with Post-Vietnam sensibilities than other World War One literature; the banter between protagonist Lt. Frederick Henry (a tribute to The Red Badge of Courage, whose hero is Henry Frederick) and his roommate, Rinaldi could easily have come from Hawkeye and Trapper. Yet it is the tender love story between Henry and Catherine Barkley which is the soul of the novel, and what keeps readers returning to it for 60 years now. The lustful scenes of nurse Catherine climbing under the covers with her recuperating patient (the details discreetly omitted) seem quaint by today's standards. And Catherine as "fallen woman" no longer plays to today's reader. Yet what could be more romantic than Henry and Catherine fleeing across the lake under cover of darkness to the sanctuary of Switzerland, or more gut-wrenching than Catherine's battle for life on the delivery table? Its often said that you either love Hemingway or hate him. A Farewell to Arms is Hemingway at the top of his game--if you don't love it you clearly fall into the latter category.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen In the rain..., 22. Mai 2000
Rezension bezieht sich auf: A Farewell to Arms (Taschenbuch)
I am not even going to pretend that I am intelligent enough to discern the symbolism and such in this classic novel. Besides, symbolism is nice, but so is this story. That being said, for those of you who have not read this book, I encourage you to do so. It is a story of love and war. Love between Frederick Henry and Catherine Barkley. The former is an American, but is serving the Italians in their war effort against Austria. The latter is a British nurse who is also aiding the Italians. The two met when Henry was injured from schrapnal that came out of an Austrian bomb. The war is World War I. Hemingway creates an atmosphere that lets the reader comprehend and visualize how devastating this war truly was. He is like a master chief who carefully adds the proper amounts of love and the struggle of war in his story. It's beautiful. It's sad. Hemingway has such an eye for detail that I am willing to assert that he has the ability to tell the reader what it is like to be human during this period. There's no embellishing, no exaggeration. Please let Hemingway tell you his story.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen A masterpiece of literature, 8. Dezember 1998
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"A Farewell to Arms" is truly a masterpiece. It leaves you asking questions. An answer to questions is sometimes thrown casually into the narration here and there. The narrator truly shares his experiences with you and does not simply tell a story but takes you into his thought and leaves you to draw some of your own conclusions of human nature and emotion. The first half of the book is about a man in war and the meaningless things that he practises as escape or to duty. He and the book make a transformation to a much more conscious state of emotion and drags you along for the ride. Hemingway's expert descriptiveness puts you into the stage of the story so that you can visualize all of it and he does it with an amazingly minimal amount of words or useless information that so often takes away from many authors effectiveness to convey the feeling of the story. It is beautifully composed so that you want to experience it yourself because you become so entangled in the character's emotions. One of the best pieces I have ever read.
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2.0 von 5 Sternen If you like war and women..., 8. März 2000
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Rezension bezieht sich auf: A Farewell to Arms (Taschenbuch)
Hemingway obviously does not understand the true essence of a woman. His portrayal of women in this novel is completely off course. In A Farewell to Arms, Catherine is a man's perfect woman. She is obedient and willing. The other women in the novel are harsh and hateful. Hemingway's women are either one of these ways or the other; however, most real women are a combination of both. He does allow Frederick's personality to change as the story progresses though. In the novel, the main male character is dynamic and the female character is static, while in real life women are the ones more apt to change and men stay the same. A Farewell to Arms is an unnatural love story blanketed by a war tale.
Despite my criticism, Hemingway is a very talented, accomplished writer. If you like war and women, definitely read this book. However, if you would rather read about life and experience or something at least partially relevant to real life and real people, do not waste your time with A Farewell to Arms.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Excellent study of characters enduring the madness of war, 17. August 1998
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Rezension bezieht sich auf: A Farewell to Arms (Taschenbuch)
One of Hemingway's best novels. The characters incorporate the desperation of youth, the insanity and traumatization of war, and the strategy of living day-to-day rather than striving for anything like achievement or satisfaction, which is the effect of the madness of war upon the human soul. It is profoundly sexual book, but it also presents a love story between two individuals that has more depth and sensuality that one would expect from Hemingway. In addition, insights into the behavior of the military, both the allies and the "enemy" are fascinating, marked by the idiocy of human beings caught in any dramatic effort. It is a war story that touches on the humans involved and the devastating effect of battle on the individual. It is a love story that ends in tragedy because it is a passion born of war, not sincerity. It is a commentary on the madness of politics and the indulgence in mass slaughter in order to accomplish nothing. A very meaningful novel from an author in his prime.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen An Almost Magical Writing Style, 13. August 1999
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Rezension bezieht sich auf: A Farewell to Arms (Taschenbuch)
Some reviewers here have been disappointed by the simple style and repetitive conversations of the book. Perhaps this is because they are more used to the Stephen King style of writing - books that tell you directly what to see, think and feel. Hemingway's characters speak the way real people do - simply and redundantly, saying little. The message they're communicating to one another isn't in the words, it's beneath them, in the moment that Hemingway is showing us. One has to adjust one's expectations to Hemingway's style of writing. That is why this book elicits "best novel ever written" reviews as well as "this guy is overrated" comments. Hemingway is underappreciated these days, if anything - his genius doesn't appeal to critics looking to use literature as an excuse to repeat well-known political viewpoints. His simple style brings events and feelings to life in a way that no other fiction writer has managed.
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3.0 von 5 Sternen Confusing, but interesting., 5. Juni 1999
Rezension bezieht sich auf: A Farewell to Arms (Taschenbuch)
Though Ernest Hemingway does a fine job of coordinating events for the reader, it is difficult to follow the conversations between characters. At time surreal, some of the conversations plasticize the character, and some are just completely incomprehensible. Did people really ever talk that way to each other? I found the book mediocre for the most part, and I was able to follow along and keep up with the story, but couldn't get too excited about it. The ending, however, almost managed to pull the entire story together. It was a fabulous ending, not predictable at all until the last chapter or so. "Tenente's" ability to deal with everything so casually does seem a bit fantastic, but the ending saves this character from a life of dullness. Overall, the book did not leave me wanting to read any more of Mr. Hemingway's work. I would only recommend it during a reading slump, or when there is nothing else available.
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