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A Farewell to Arms

By Barbara Schultz, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

Classic war novel still speaks to today's readers.

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Hemingway's genius rested in his carefully crafted, deceptively simple sentences. A Farewell to Arms, in particular, may be easy to read, but it's not easy to take. The author is unstinting in creating a full-color picture of life during wartime: the waiting, the suffering, the erosion of morals and ethics, and the deep bonds that are formed between comrades in arms. It is simply a brilliant novel, revealing the ravages of war as well as the author's great affection for Italy.

Book Details

  • Author: Ernest Hemingway
  • Genre: History
  • Topics: History
  • Book type: Fiction
  • Publisher: Hemingway Library
  • Publication date: January 1, 1929
  • Publisher's recommended age(s): 15 - 18
  • Number of pages: 352
  • Available on: Paperback, Audiobook (unabridged), Hardback, iBooks, Kindle
  • Last updated: June 5, 2022

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