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Wonderful and depressing,
This review is from: A Farewell To Arms (Mass Market Paperback)
I have read and enjoyed everything written by Hemingway at least once, and even though his short stories are always good, I prefer his novels. I think a reason for this is simply because they are longer than the short stories, and I never want them to end. His writing is always depressing somehow, and this novel is no exception, but they are depressing in a way that also brings happiness, as is the case with some beautiful music. His writing is so clean and great, yet it is truly impossible to express just what it is exactly he did to inspire such feelings in me when I read his work. This book is set in WWI, where the main character, an American, is enrolled in the Italian army, fighting against Austria and Germany. He works in an ambulance unit, and he describes the setting and characters in clear but simple detail. He does not often go into detail about the feelings of the characters, but lets you judge for yourself based on the way they express themselves. There is no clear plot involved, and the action of the book is always unpredictable. I would not say it is an anti-war book, even though no one is happy with the war. It is only a very realistic story set in a difficult time and place. Even though there are bright moments in this book, just like all of his other books, you know that it is only a matter of time until something bad happens. But even with this knowledge one can enjoy every word and line, because they are so well-written and beautiful. In my opinion, Hemingway is the greatest American writer, and I would recommend anyone who hasn't read his books to do so at the earliest possible convenience.