Book Review: A Farewell to Arms by Ernest Hemingway

Sarah Moldoff, Staff Writer
January 11, 2012
Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Books

A Farewell to Arms tells the story of Lieutenant Frederic Henry, an American ambulance driver serving in the Italian army in World War I. The novel follows not only the progression of World War I, but also the progression of Frederic’s relationship with a British nurse, Catherine Barkley. There’s always some action happening in some way, shape or form in this novel, and as the story continues the characters become more and more relatable.

A Farewell to Arms shouldn’t be mistaken for a love story, as it also tells the story of a war that nobody, not even the soldiers, understands. This novel brings up many interesting ideas about war and how it affects the lives of soldiers. Although not a light and happy story, the more realistic themes of the novel help make it a book that just can’t be put down. A Farewell to Arms is not only a great read, but is also on the College Board’s list of books that are recommended for the SAT’s.


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