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Book Review: A Farewell To Arms – Ernest Hemingway

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In an attempt to get into WWI, i picked up A Farewell To Arms. It is the story of Henry, a American ambulance driver in the Italian army during the Italian Campaign in 1915-1918. Although not involved in the fighting itself, he finds himself close to the horrors of the front, the artillery barrages of the Austrians, and the cynicism of soldiers in a hopeless war. He gets wounded, falls in a love with a nurse in the hospital. Recovered, he returns to the front, just when the Austrians break through the lines. He kills a disobeying sergeant, and soon after deserts by jumping in a river, as Italian officers are rounded up and executed by their own soldiers as punishment for the breakthrough. He meets up with the nurse (Catherine), who is now pregnant, and they flee to Switzerland.

As Hemingway was himself an ambulance driver in Italy…

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