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A Farewell to Arms
A Farewell to Arms: The Hemingway Library Edition | Ernest Hemingway
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Written when Ernest Hemingway was thirty years old and lauded as the best American novel to emerge from World War I, A Farewell to Arms is the unforgettable story of an American ambulance driver on the Italian front and his passion for a beautiful English nurse. Set against the looming horrors of the battlefield—weary, demoralized men marching in the rain during the German attack on Caporetto; the profound struggle between loyalty and desertion—this gripping, semiautobiographical work captures the harsh realities of war and the pain of lovers caught in its inexorable sweep. Ernest Hemingway famously said that he rewrote the ending to A Farewell to Arms thirty-nine times to get the words right. This edition collects all of the alternative endings together for the first time, along with early drafts of other essential passages, offering new insight into Hemingway’s craft and creative process and the evolution of one of the greatest novels of the twentieth century. Featuring Hemingway’s own 1948 introduction to an illustrated reissue of the novel, a personal foreword by the author’s son Patrick Hemingway, and a new introduction by the author’s grandson Seán Hemingway, this edition of A Farewell to Arms is truly a celebration.
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Jazinator
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Mehso-so

Book #16: For Whom the Bell Tolls got me really interested in Hemingway and since I had several of Hemingway's books from my grandfather's collection I decided to move on to the next one, A Farewell to Arms. This one did not strike me as strongly as the first book and to be honest, I barely recall the plot after all these years. As is Hemingway's...

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DarcysMom
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Emilymdxn Fabulous review #teamtellhemingwaytofuckoff do you like Clarice Lispector? She's been redeeming modernism from men like Hemingway for me recently! 2w
DarcysMom @Emilymdxn I have not read any Clarice Lispector. I will have to check her out. Love the hashtag! I am definitely a member of #teamtellhemingwaytofuckoff! 2w
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DarcysMom
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Kaye Your background matches your book. 3w
DarcysMom @Kaye I love it when I can find such complementary backgrounds. 😊 3w
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DarcysMom
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Ericalambbrown
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Pickpick

I haven‘t read this since high school. I revisited it with this Folio edition and I wouldn‘t say I necessarily enjoy the book. But given that it was written using some of Hemingway‘s experiences in WWI I think it‘s a useful read and it is well written.

However, I had to chuckle as I remembered the old joke about how Hemingway would answer the question “Why‘d the chicken cross the road?” That he wound answer “To die. Alone. In the rain.” 😂

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bookish7
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I've had this on my to-read list for years. I managed to skip Hemingway in high school and despite being an English major I also managed to not read any of his works. I wasn't missing much. I know he is supposed to be one of the greats and maybe this isnt the one to start with. I found it incredibly tedious, dry and boring. It took me forever to finish because I just didnt want to read it. I wouldn't reccomend it.

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ProfReader @bookish7 I have this book and never read it. Now you have me curious. I will let you how it goes for me. 2mo
bookish7 @ProfReader please do, its possible the book is just not for me. Keep me posted, happy reading! 2mo
ProfReader Will do!!! 2mo
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paulfrankspencer
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The writing was good and simple and genuine, but it's hard to feel good about a book like this. The end just leaves you not knowing what to do. Hemingway is a great writer, but the story was just hard.

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paulfrankspencer
A Farewell to Arms | Ernest Hemongway

"It might be fun. I'd like to see you with a beard."
"All right. I'll grow one. I'll start now this minute. It's a good idea. It will give me something to do."
The dialogue between lovers in this novel is so honest. Simple and silly and honest. I love it.

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paulfrankspencer
A Farewell to Arms | Ernest Hemongway
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"And if you ever become devout pray for me if I am dead. I am asking several of my friends to do that. I had expected to become devout myself but it has not come." I thought he smiled sadly but I could not tell. He was so old and his face was very wrinkled, so that a smile used so many lines that all gradations were lost.

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paulfrankspencer
A Farewell to Arms | Ernest Hemongway

"You're pretty wonderful."
"No I'm not. But life isn't hard to manage when you've got nothing to lose."
"How do you mean?"
"Nothing. I was only thinking how small obstacles seemed that once we're so big."

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paulfrankspencer
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"You understand but you do not love God."
"No."
"You do not love Him at all?" he asked.
"I am afraid of Him in the night sometimes."
"You should love Him."
"I don't love much."
"Yes," he said. "You do."

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paulfrankspencer
A Farewell to Arms | Ernest Hemongway
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This was a game, like bridge...

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HeinrichLyle
A Farewell to Arms | Ernest Hemongway

"The trunks of the trees too were dusty and the leaves fell early that year and we saw the troops marching along and the road and the dust rising and the leaves, stirred by the breeze, falling and the soldiers marching and afterward the road bare and white except for the leaves." Ah, those run on Hemingway lines, oft imitated, seldom equaled.

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JLaurenceCohen

Hemingway's brutally tragic story of love and loss set against the backdrop of WWI.

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Jendjohnson
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Ah, Hemingway. How right you are! And how sad that it takes wine to realize this in life sometimes.

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trioxin_sematary
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Another one from the Banned Books series!

That's me got two, first one was A Clockwork Orange; which was an outstanding read.

Looking forward to reading this, I'm curious to why they got banned and to enjoy incredible classic literature. 🤓

Random pickup while browsing books at a charity shop, got this for £1:50p 🤗

JennyM Bargain! Enjoy 7mo
trioxin_sematary @JennyM thank you! 😊🔖 7mo
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Letsracethesun
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I guess this was one of those books/things in life I had to experience for myself. From this book, come this line:
“The world breaks everyone and afterward many are strong at the broken places. But those that will not break it kills”.
I saw first hand his simplicity with words. There is certainly pain in these pages. Misunderstanding. Love and war. A sense of uneasiness about life. A memorable book for the rest of my life.

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Letsracethesun
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Short novel. Such simplicity to Hemingway. I‘ll follow up after I‘m finished. 🤓

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emilyhaldi
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Another book on my #litsyclassics tbr involving battlefields, #soldiers, and romance ❤️
#abbainaugust

Reviewsbylola That‘s a cool cover! 9mo
Lcsmcat I had that edition in high school! 9mo
Mdargusch That‘s a nice cover. 💙 9mo
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KeeperofBooks
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“If people bring so much courage to this world the world has to kill them to break them, so of course it kills them. The world breaks every one and afterward many are strong at the broken places. But those that will not break it kills. It kills the very good and the very gentle and the very brave impartially. If you are none of these you can be sure it will kill you too but there will be no special hurry.”

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laurenlovesliterature
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This is what $50 dollars worth of books looks like! Best $50 spent! 😀 Now where to put it all!!😳 one book even came with a sountrack!!!!!!🎶

SledgeReader Jackpot! 11mo
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EKonrad
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With my grandpa at the Hemingway House in Key West. Such an interesting place and so cool to see his writer‘s studio (and all of the famous six-toed cats!). 📚📚📚

LectricSheep Your tank top is so cute! 😂 11mo
EKonrad Thanks @LectricSheep! I love it but you‘d be surprised how many people don‘t get it. Lol 😊 11mo
laurenlovesliterature I love your shirt! 11mo
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jclopp
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A pic from my pre-ap lit days, since the exam is next week!

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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks
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I‘m a day late, but these are #oldcoolbooks that my grandmother gave me 📚❤️

batsy Lovely! 13mo
AmyG Oooo that old To Kill a Mockingbird ❤️ (edited) 13mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @AmyG I grabbed that one first!! ☺️💗 13mo
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ReadZenRites Oh, how lovely!❤️❤️ 13mo
LeahBergen 😍😍😍 13mo
bookaholic1 Nice!! 13mo
Linsy Happy to have you! 💙 (edited) 13mo
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Branwen
A Farewell to Arms | Ernest Hemongway
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I found a gorgeous edition of this beloved Hemingway! 😍 I want to creepily sleep with it under my pillow tonight! 😁💖

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Tjackson
A Farewell to Arms | Ernest Hemongway
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I turned my 3 day weekend into a four day weekend just because I could. Started reading this last night! I can‘t believe how much the reading glasses help with eye fatigue (FYI - I wear contacts and still need these reading glasses). I am only a few chapters in, but I know I am going to enjoy it. Then, I plan to watch the 1957 movie free on YouTube.

DGRachel 😍 Hemingway 😍 1y
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Tjackson
A Farewell to Arms | Ernest Hemongway
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Today‘s bookstore purchase- the book and the readers. My friend is getting married in Stresa, Italy in June and I am attending. Hemingway wrote part of A Farewell to Arms while in Stresa, so I decided I must read it before I go. I was shocked that I didn‘t already own a copy.

Anna40 The movie adaptation with Rock Hudson was partly shot in the town where my grandmother was born and grew up. She said she got a glimpse of him when they were there filming and that he was sooooo handsome 😍😊 1y
Anna40 Loved the book, haven't seen the movie. 1y
Tjackson @Anna40 He was a handsome man!! I started reading last night and found the 1957 movie on YouTube!!! I will watch after I am finished reading. 1y
Anna40 Guess I should watch it too 😊 1y
Tjackson @Anna40 I think so. I watched 15 minutes just to see I was going to like it and it was hard to turn off. 1y
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Branwen
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Took Hem with me to the Philly car show today! Of course, my favorite part was all the vintage cars! :-P

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busyreading
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Words for life.

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Branwen
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Christmas party at work today! :-) Of course I had to bring Hem to join the festivities! :-P

Kaye Your dress is pretty and festive ✨✨✨✨ 1y
Avanders That dress is amazing!! 1y
Branwen @Kaye @Avanders Thank you so much! :-) ♡ 1y
GripLitGrl Love your dress so pretty & festive!!💞 1y
Mdargusch That dress! ❤️ 1y
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Branwen
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Kinda bummed my winter solstice book exchange package didn't arrive today, but there's always tomorrow! :-) In the meantime, spent this evening cuddled up with some tea and my favorite rowdy expat. ♡

Libby1 I hope it will arrive soon. Just think of how exciting it will be when it does! 1y
Avanders 😞 Hope it comes today!! 🤞🏽🤞🏽🤞🏽 1y
Branwen @Libby1 Yes! I am super excited about it! @Avanders I am keepingthe my fingers crossed! 1y
Avanders I think I already told you this? But I wanted to make sure you knew -- your replacement ssgp is coming! 💚❤️💚❤️ 1y
Branwen @Avanders Oh thank you so so so much! I'm super excited! I'll keep my eyes peeled for it! 1y
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Sarah83
A Farewell to Arms | Ernest Hemongway
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jdtchicago

Anger was washed away in the river along with any obligation.

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Chelseabillups30
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The world breaks everyone and afterward many are strong at the broken places.

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jdtchicago

War is not won by victory.

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jdtchicago

I put a log on a fire and it was full of ants. As it commenced to burn, the ants swarmed out and went first toward the center where the fire was; then turned back and ran toward the end. When there were enough on the end they fell off into the fire. Some got out, their bodies burnt and flattened, and went off not knowing where they were going. But most of them went toward the fire and then back toward the end and..finally fell off into the fire.

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jdtchicago

Often a man wishes to be alone and a girl wishes to be alone too and if they love each other they are jealous of that in each other, but I can truly say we never felt that. We could feel alone when we were together, alone against the others. But we were never lonely and never afraid when we were together.

DGRachel I ❤️ Papa. 2y
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jdtchicago

No, that is the great fallacy: the wisdom of old men. They do not grow wise. They grow careful.

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Transientdrifter
A Farewell to Arms | Ernest Hemongway
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Here's a little slice of Italy for you all today. What I wouldn't give for an Italian Fanta Orange. Best Fanta on the planet. Do you have a favorite Fanta? I also adore Lychee, star fruit, and Pineapple Fanta. So many great flavors around the world 💕

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Jenna22
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lyssamarie_reads
Pickpick

You know that scene in "Silver Linings Playbook" where Bradley Cooper is reading "A Farewell to Arms" and upon finishing it, he screams and throws it out the window? Yeah, I had the exact same reaction. A must-read. A must-own. A sure path to heartbreak.
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DGRachel
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Not technically book related, but this popped up in my Facebook feed this morning. 🤣🤣

Reviewsbylola 😂😂🙌🏻 2y
OrangeMooseReads 😂👍🏽 2y
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Jessicaswebster
A Farewell to Arms | Ernest Hemongway
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I truly do not know how an author creates a story with such simple language that can literally tear at you soul. This is the first book in a long stretch that has wrung the tears from my face like a wet rag.

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Mjk20a
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If people bring so much courage to this world the world has to kill them to break them, so of course it kills them. The world breaks every one and afterward many are strong at the broken places. But those that will not break it kills. It kills the very good and the very gentle and the very brave impartially. If you are none of these you can be sure it will kill you too but there will be no special hurry.

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readinginthedark
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I still haven't read this, but it's one of my top TBR war books! Never forget those who have given their lives. Happy Memorial Day, everyone!
*The picture is from the WWI Memorial Museum in Kansas City.

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