I just recently watched Silver Linings Playbook, and this hilarious clip–I thought–was a pretty good synopsis of what happened in A Farewell to Arms, by Ernest Hemingway. Don’t watch it if you want to read the book, because the clip tells you what happens in the end of the book. Even just the beginning is pretty funny though. I felt that this movie was really funny, satisfying and said a lot. Glad I got to watch it.
Anyways, to the actual book. A Farewell to Arms. Eh. I didn’t like it as much as The Count of Monte Cristo, but I still liked it a lot. This book was not made to glamorize war, but rather to show it off in all of it’s humiliated shame. The horrors of war. Ernest Hemingway’s point was to highlight all the mundane and sordid things about war, his outlook on it cynical and wry. I found the concepts (yes, again) interesting and (again), it added to my list of things to ponder when I have time to waste. A great book. 4 stars.
Synopsis: In 1918 Ernest Hemingway went to war, to the ‘war to end all wars’. He volunteered for ambulance service in Italy, was wounded and twice decorated. Out of his experiences came A Farewell to Arms. Hemingway’s description of war is unforgettable. He recreates the fear, the comradeship, the courage of his young American volunteer and the men and women he meets in Italy with total conviction. But A Farewell to Arms is not only a novel of war. In it Hemingway has also created a love story of immense drama and uncompromising passion.
And from Shawshank Redemption:
Just so you know it’s Alexandre Dumas. Dumas. I guess this book is fairly long any way you look at it. (Well, if you want to take that literally, yes, indeed if you looked on CliffNotes or SparkNotes, it wouldn’t be that long). But I got the 1276 page version. Unabridged much?
Anyway, this actually turned out to be a 4.5 book on my part, and it really does deserve that rating. This book, though long, was well worth the read. I enjoyed it a lot and spent many a night thinking it over. You know, they just don’t make many books like this anymore. Because they make soap operas and How I Met Your Mother instead. (Not insulting either, just saying).
This book is poignant, intriguing, careful, thrilling at times and funny. I was impressed by it and I loved reading it again. I tried the abridged version, and suddenly, it just didn’t work for me. So unabridged-Monte-Cristo and I are on good terms. I loved this book and I would highly recommend it.
Synopsis: ‘On what slender threads do life and fortune hang’
Thrown in prison for a crime he has not committed, Edmond Dantès is confined to the grim fortress of If. There he learns of a great hoard of treasure hidden on the Isle of Monte Cristo and he becomes determined not only to escape, but also to unearth the treasure and use it to plot the destruction of the three men responsible for his incarceration. Dumas’ epic tale of suffering and retribution, inspired by a real-life case of wrongful imprisonment, was a huge popular success when it was first serialised in the 1840s.
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