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"A Farewell To Arms" By Ernest Hemmingway (Book Report)

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A FAREWELL TO ARMS BY ERNEST HEMINGWAY1. IntroductionThe novel " A Farewell to Arms" was written by E. Hemingway in 1929 and deals with the subject of war and destruction. Destruction of law and order, moral values and the belief in love and lasting relationships. Apart from that the novel shows the terrible effect of war on nature, towns and life in general.The war described is the First World War which was the first global international war, which brought massive killings and senseless fighting to many parts of Europe for four years.The setting of the novel is in northern Italy and the reader is introduced to a number of characters of different national backgrounds. The main protagonist Frederick Henry is an American working for the ambulance service, the girl he meets, Catherine Barkley, is an English nurse. Their relationship and the doom of the world at the time of a pointless war are the main subjects of the book.The world presents itself as a battlefield in the form of a brutal war and people lose their orientation about their real values. The world is a world at war on battlefields and inside the characters that are described. The countryside is full of scars with shell holes, shattered trees and houses, roads that are congested with aimlessly wandering soldiers, refugees and carts, people in a trauma.I chose this book because to me, Hemingway in 1929 has depicted a scene of war horror which is still very present in our contemporary minds. Every report we watch on TV about the war in Iraq, the killing in Nigeria, the problems of former Yugoslavia, they all show a world in fear and despair. Nothing has changed. We can go back to a "Farewell to Arms" and read about the nightmare of war and how it effects people suffering in a world of loneliness and alienation.Hemingway's "Farewell to Arms" is partly autobiographical, he was born in 1899 and was fascinated by the First World War when it broke out. He wanted to enlist as a volunteer, but was rejected, because of an eye problem. He then took up writing for various national newspapers. But his fascination for the war continued and he eventually managed to join the army working as a volunteer for the American Red Cross ambulance. In 1918 he was seriously injured, suffering a similar fate to his protagonist Frederick Henry. After the First World War Hemingway returned to the States but his fascination for arms remained and in the Second World War he was sent to Europe as a war correspondent, reporting about the progress of the war. Often he was in the middle of battling troops and sometimes even ahead of them.Hemingway was always a restless person which is shown by the fact that he was married four times and that he had a great admiration for hunting and adventure. In 1954 he received Nobel Prize for Literature for his powerful, modern writing.There are many legends about Hemingway's death. It was probably suicide, he died while cleaning his rifle. A death that suits him.The novel "A Farewell to...

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