Popularly regarded as one of the best books to be borne from World War I, A Farewell to Arms is a poignant and unforgettable semi-autobiographical story of an American. This American volunteered for ambulance service in Italy, and the book is about his love story with an English nurse.
Written in a first-person account, the protagonist, named Frederic Henry, falls in love with Catherine Barkley, and their budding relationship in Milan is told. When Catherine gets pregnant, Fredric is being held by the battle police, who are interrogating soldiers for possible treachery. Eventually, Fredric escapes, gets reunited with Catherine, and the pair relocate to Switzerland on a rowboat. The poignant romanticism of this novel has often been lauded and even today, A Farewell to Arms shines with an intensity unrivaled in modern literature.
Hemingway volunteered on the Italian front in 1918, and was wounded and decorated twice for his services. He depicts war in a frank and brutally honest manner, and delves into the human psyche wherein emotions like love, compassion, immense courage, and unflinching bravery are put at the forefront.
This edition of A Farewell To Arms was published by RHUK in 1994, and is available in paperback.
A Farewell to Arms was first published in 1929.
The novel has also been adapted numerous times for cinema, stage, radio, and television.
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
About the Author
Ernest Miller Hemingway, born in 1899, was one of the most prolific and popular American authors of the twentieth century. He published his first novel, The Sun Also Rises in 1926, and many of his written works are considered classics of American literature. He has authored novels like To Have And Have Not , For Whom The Bell Tolls, and The Old Man And The Sea. Born and raised in Illinois, Hemingway was married four times. Hemingway also won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction and Nobel Prize in 1953 and 1954, respectively. In 1952, he decided to go for an African safari, but was almost killed in two successive plane crashes which rendered constant illness and pain for him for the remainder of his life. He committed suicide in the summer of 1961 in his home in Ketchum, Idaho.