A Farewell to Arms Review

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A farewell to arms. What can be said about this novel? To say it is wrong is a crime because it is Hemingway we are talking about. To not like the renowned is like despising food. It is for some, the same thing, only in the literary equivalent. But even if you praise it, you are left with a sense of fakeness, for it is like an insult to praise the work of someone because of whom he is rather than because of what his work is. So I'll be honest. There were times when I liked the simplicity with which Hemingway’s words flowed; I liked how he could tell me a lot with so little. There were other times, however, when such simplicity confused me. It left me unsure of whether I had understood what the author meant to tell me. Hemingway was, ironically, a complicated being. I could not interpret everything he wrote, just as you probably could not. Someone once said that beauty is on the eyes that look, rather than on the object looked upon. The same applies for the word "meaning". But even though sometimes I felt like I was a foreigner to the things Hemingway talked about, I think I did get the overall message of the book, and I mostly enjoyed the story. It reminded me extensively of The Great Gatsby. A farewell to arms is yet another masterpiece from the nineteenth century. Alongside with F.Scott Fitzgerald, Ernest Hemingway is remembered as one of the twenties’ greatest writers. And somehow, both Fitzgerald and Hemingway made of love one of the main themes in their books “The Great Gatsby” and “A Farewell to Arms”, respectively. The main difference though is that Fitzgerald illustrated love in the midst of the Jazz Age and its parties, greed, and shallowness, while Hemingway pictured it immersed in the horrors of World War I. Both authors, in their efforts of portraying the significance of true love, had the need to be pessimistic at certain points in their novels,

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