The definitive edition of the classic novel of love during wartime, featuring all of the alternate endings: “Fascinating…serves as an artifact of a bygone craft, with handwritten notes and long passages crossed out, giving readers a sense of an author’s process” (The New York Times).
Written when Ernest Hemingway was thirty years old and lauded as the best American novel to emerge from World War I, A Farewell to Arms is the unforgettable story of an American ambulance driver on the Italian front and his passion for a beautiful English nurse. Set against the looming horrors of the battlefield—weary, demoralized men marching in the rain during the German attack on Caporetto; the profound struggle between loyalty and desertion—this gripping, semiautobiographical work captures the harsh realities of war and the pain of lovers caught in its inexorable sweep.
Ernest Hemingway famously said that he rewrote the ending to A Farewell to Arms thirty-nine times to get the words right. This edition collects all of the alternative endings together for the first time, along with early drafts of other essential passages, offering new insight into Hemingway’s craft and creative process and the evolution of one of the greatest novels of the twentieth century. Featuring Hemingway’s own 1948 introduction to an illustrated reissue of the novel, a personal foreword by the author’s son Patrick Hemingway, and a new introduction by the author’s grandson Seán Hemingway, this edition of A Farewell to Arms is truly a celebration.
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Outstanding performance by John Slattery
I usually don't pay much attention to the narrator of an audio book, except the ones I don't like. Male narrators who make intelligent women sound like bimbos, women narrators who make men sound like munchkins, readers who overperform ... like that. But going forward, I'm likely to buy any book narrated by John Slattery. I've read A Farewell to Arms before. And of course as a Hemingway classic I knew the writing is good. But I was not prepared for the excellent performance by Slattery. His delivery was as spare as Hemingway's prose itself, and his depiction of the Italian, English and American characters added a whole new dimension to the story. Finally, as he read the female characters, I did not find myself listening to a man trying to do a woman's voice, but rather to that woman herself. The first thing I did when I finished this was pull A Farewell to Arms from my bookshelf and re-read it, with Slattery's performance fresh in my mind. It was outstanding. I'm convinced that Hemingway himself would applaud this performance of his work, and most certainly buy Mr. Slattery a cognac or two.
Excellent reader - great book
Excellent reader who really captures the nuances of the different personalities
I first discovered Ernest Hemingway nearly 40 years ago as a sophomore in AP English. Our teacher, Mrs Audrey Lofgren, described Hemingway's life and then assigned us short stories to read. I've been hooked on literature ever since.
John Slattery's reading and his persona of the characters brought this book to life for me. As I learned from Mrs Lofgren, then again from Mr Slattery, the power of the well written and spoken word is supreme.
As a combat veteran this book causes me to revisit my memories of the unnecessary waste, tragedy and futileness of war. Like the character, I've had my doubts and losses due to conflict as well. Mr Slattery's personification of the book's characters who experiences these emotions was spot on.
Thank you Mr Slattery. And most of all, thank you Mrs Lofgren.