Farewell To Arms
I am about 200 pages into Hemingway’s rendition of WWI and after reading about Hemingway himself the I found that the similarities between him and the main character Lieutenant Frederic Henry are undeniable. Hemingway used his experience of WWI to craft an amazingly accurate description of what it was like being on the Italian front as a young man. So far the book has me wanting to read as much of it as I can. I am not a big fan of romance, but the Hemingway is able to make the romance a motivation instead of a crutch has kept me interested. Be warned this is not a happy book. WWI saw destruction and loss of life on a scale that had never been seen before and Hemingway has no problem portraying the brutality of war and its aftermath. Being an ambulance driver Henry has a first hand look at the effects of “modern war” had on the people and the land. Hemingway’s own experience in the same position as Henry can be clearly seen in the imagery that he creates. So far it seems that Hemingway wrote this book to retell his own experiences and use his ability as the author to alter them to how he saw fit.It is like he is re-writing his own past.
Happy Monday everyone!! School is in full-swing now and the work is starting to hit hard. Thankfully I was able to have a nice weekend off of work and the weather was nice and cool. Thanks to Hemingway I now have a quote to help me get through the times that I feel overwhelmed.
“The world breaks every one and afterward many are strong at the broken places.”
― Ernest Hemingway,
This reminds me of a more formal way to say ” What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger.”All joking aside it is true. Life tests us and will break us, but it is our job to heal and get stronger, learn from our mistakes and keep on going.
I wish everyone a great week and remember that the week has just begun let’s see what it has for us. Until next time.