May 3, 2021

Billy's Books 47: A Farewell To Arms

Today we review Ernest Hemingway's classic, A Farewell To Arms. I haven't read him since high school, when forced. Back then, I thought he was boring. Now that I'm grown up, and oh-so-much wiser, I can appreciate Hemingway more.

As you might expect from someone as manly as this author, you must read between the lines. Draw your own conclusions about how the main character feels; all you'll know are his words and actions. He very matter-of-factly describes how someone dies right before him. The narration can be quite stark; one can see how his literary style (quite new at the time) influenced so many writers after him.