A Farewell to Arms Book Summary and Study Guide

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It is set in WWI when a soldier and a nurse fall in love. The action was terribly slow until the last few pages when the events really surprised me.
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The review of this Book prepared by Sarah Bunch

In typical Ernest Hemingway fashion, the author draws highly on his autobiographical experiences in A Farewell to Arms, adds enough fiction to soften up the edges, and creates one of his best classics. Set in war-torn Italy during World War I, this novel is a tragic love story, a story that concentrates more on the relationships of Frederick and Catherine. Frederick is injured in battle and Catherine is the British nurse who helps him mend (Hemingway himself was the first American injured in that war!). The two lovers are star-crossed and here is Hemingway at his pessimestic best. It is an absorbing story, capturing the essence of the great Hemingway writing style: lots of dialogue; short, easy to read sentences; and highly autobiographical. This is an exceptional example of the Nobel Prize winner's best known works.

The review of this Book prepared by Bill Hobbs

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Plot & Themes

Tone of book?    -   depressed Time/era of story    -   1900-1920's Ethnic/Regional/Religion    -   Italian Is this an adult or child's book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book War/Revolt/Disaster on civilians    -   Yes Ethnic/regional/gender life    -   Yes Conflict:    -   War, general    -   War, WW I

Main Character

Gender    -   Male Profession/status:    -   infantry soldier Age:    -   20's-30's Ethnicity/Nationality    -   White (American)


How much descriptions of surroundings?    -   5 () Europe    -   Yes European country:    -   Italy    -   Switzerland Mountains/Cliffs    -   Yes Mountains:    -   climbing on trails Misc setting    -   resort/hotel    -   fort/military installation

Writing Style

Amount of dialog    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog

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