By Ernest Hemingway

ISBN-10: 0684837889

ISBN-13: 9780684837888

The easiest American novel to emerge from global conflict I, A Farewell to Arms is the unforgettable tale of an American ambulance driving force at the Italian entrance and his ardour for a gorgeous English nurse. Hemingway's frank portrayal of the affection among Lieutenant Henry and Catherine Barkley, stuck within the inexorable sweep of conflict, glows with an depth unequalled in glossy literature, whereas his description of the German assault on Caporetto -- of strains of fired males marching within the rain, hungry, weary, and demoralized -- is likely one of the maximum moments in literary heritage. a narrative of affection and ache, of loyalty and desertion, A Farewell to Arms, written whilst he used to be 30 years previous, represents a brand new romanticism for Hemingway.

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Stop it. Stop it. Oh Jesus lovely Mary stop it. " Then he was quiet, biting his arm, the stump of his leg twitching. " I shouted holding my hands cupped. " I tried to get closer to Passini to try to put a tourniquet on the legs but I could not move. I tried again and my legs moved a little. I could pull backward along with my arms and elbows. Passini was quiet now. I sat beside him, undid my tunic and tried to rip the tail of my shirt. It would not rip and I bit the edge of the cloth to start it.

I don't like Rome, I said. It is hot and full of fleas. You don't like Rome? Yes, I love Rome. Rome is the mother of nations. I will never forget Romulus suckling the Tiber. What? Nothing. Let's all go to Rome. Let's go to Rome to-night and never come back. Rome is a beautiful city, said the major. The mother and father of nations, I said. Roma is feminine, said Rinaldi. It cannot be the father. Who is the father, then, the Holy Ghost? Don't blaspheme. I wasn't blaspheming, I was asking for information.

Some one probably got it at one of the dressing stations. We drove fast when we were over the bridge and soon we saw the dust of the other cars ahead down the road. The road curved and we saw the three cars looking quite small, the dust rising from the wheels and going off through the trees. We caught them and passed them and turned off on a road that climbed up into the hills. Driving in convoy is not unpleasant if you are the first car and I settled back in the seat and watched the country. We were in the foothills on the near side of the river and as the road mounted there were the high mountains off to the north with snow still on the tops.

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