“A Farewell to Arms” Download info:
Language: English | Genre: War Drama | Published: 1929 | Pages: 160 | Difficulty: 5/10 | Format: ePub, .mobi, PDF
“A Farewell to Arms” bу Ernest Hemingway
“A Farewell to Arms” is considered to be the greatest American novel to emerge from World War I. It is inspired by Hemingway’s own experiences as a volunteer at the Italian front. He masterfully uses the destructive setting of the war to expose the dark, murderous part of mankind, extolling the true courage of fighting to preserve and protect love.
Frederic Henry is an American ambulance driver at the Italian front. He arrives with the onset of the winter when the war is slowly winding down. He decides to use the time for a trip around the country. When he comes back, he meets Catherine Barkley – an English nurse, serving at the local British hospital. She mourns her lost fiance. Her craving for love pushes her into an innocent game of seduction with Henry.
Henry, however, gets wounded and is sent to a hospital in Milan. The doctors want him to recover for half a year before he can undertake an operation on his knee. Unwilling to wait that long he finds a bold surgeon to perform the operation. During his recovery, he finds out that Catherine is relocated to Milan. This is when their feelings become strong and real. No more playful kisses and flirting, but passionate promises of love and dedication.
While Henry’s knee is healing, he gets sick with jaundice. He is accused of intentionally bringing the illness upon himself in order to be with Catherine. Therefore, he gets immediately send back to the front.
Upon his arrival, the word has spread that the Germans have broken through the Italian lines and mass evacuation begins. Soon fear and confusion start taking their tolls and chaos breaks out. Henry is forced to flee, going through many obstacles and challenges to be once again with Catherine.
They manage to escape the ferocity of the war, but unfortunately for them, the cruelty of life doesn’t end there.