Monday, September 8, 2014

Just Life| A Farewell To Arms

I am reading Ernest Hemingway's A Farewell To Arms. I love Ernest Hemingway's introduction to this book. He talks about the grand tragedy of human wars.

"I believe that all the people who stand to profit by a war and who help provoke it should be shot on the first day it starts by accredited representatives of the loyal citizens of their country who will fight it."

The book has two forewords. One by Ernest Hemingway's son Patrick Hemingway and one by his grandson Sean Hemingway

I like reading this book. The protagonist is Frederic Henry, an American volunteering as a soldier in the Italian Army during world war I. Frederic is in charge of transporting the wounded from the front Line. In the middle of the war, Fredric falls in love with Catherine Barkley, an English nurse working close to the front line. 

I don't know how their story ends, I haven't finished the book yet but I am savoring it.

To be honest, I don't want this book to end. But as they say, all good things must come to an end.

I leave you with these words by Hemingway:

Picture from Wikipedia

"If people bring so much courage to this world, the world has to kill them to break them, so of course it kills them. 

The world breaks everyone and afterward many are strong at the broken places. 

But those that will not break, it kills. It kills the very good and the very gentle and the very brave impartially."


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