‘The Sun Also Rises’

A New Dawn

Photo (great) by my old friend John (“the world’s third worst photographer”, so he calls himself), but whose photographic talents I definitely  do NOT possess)!

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A Farewell To Arms


Title: A Farewell To Arms

Author: Ernest Hemingway

Genre: Fiction, Novel 

Year of Release: 1929

Review: Hemingway has a style unlike any other. The short, clinical sentences take a little getting used to, but they’re so punchy at times. Everything of importance is written between the lines. He’ll describe the surroundings, his actions, but not his thoughts or feelings. And somehow it works brilliantly. 

From what I had heard of Hemingway, I was expecting a damning condemnation of the futility of war, and there was a bit of that, but not to the same extent as I had anticipated. This book is primarily about romance and passion, the bloom of first love in times of adversity. 

This is based on his own experiences during the First World War, as an American volunteer to the Italian ambulances who becomes wounded and meets a nurse. There’s no sentimentality and the reader is detached…

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