Plot summary[ edit ] The novel is divided into five sections.
A good work of historical fiction for me is one in which the author perfectly sets the stage of what is happening around the characters not just with what is specifically happening with them. Starting with the prologue and continuing throughout, Paula McLain does a fabulous job of depicting the time and all of the places and what was happening in the world not just in the private and sometimes not so private world of Martha Gellhorn and Ernest Hemingway.
Even with this broad view of the world with the Spanish Civil War, Paris and London and other places before and during WWII, and even though this is a fictional account, I felt as if I were reading a memoir.
Another sure sign of a good work of historical fiction based on a real person for me is that I want to know more about them and I want to get a feel for how well they are portrayed.
The book mostly covers the time that Gellhorn was with Hemingway and while I love several of his novels, there were times it was difficult to read about their relationship.
He is portrayed as the scoundrel we know that he could be - cheating on his wives, drinking, needy and self centered. A talented writer with so many issues. Even though Hemingway was married, the truth is that she was a clearly in love with him.
I found her to be fascinating, mostly when she is on her own away from him, as she experiences the horrors of war when she goes to Finland, talks to the Russian pows or on Omaha Beach.
She really had some guts to do this, in particular at a time when this was not what women did. At best a biographical novel can give a feel of who the person is and I felt as if I got to know the woman Gellhorn was.
Thanks once again to my reading buddies Diane and Esilwhose perspectives I always enjoy hearing. I received an advanced copy of this book from Ballantine through NetGalley.Character List Bookmark this page Manage My Reading List Frederic Henry An American second-lieutenant in the ambulance corps of the Italian army during World War I.
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War A Farewell to Arms takes place in Italy during World War I, and the lives of all the characters are marked by the war. The subscription details associated with this account need to be updated. Please update your billing details here to continue enjoying your subscription.
“A Farewell to Arms” is the key American World War I novel but it has another message. The book also details the desperation, human condition and facing death by being hopeful in moments of peace even as we face our own mortality.
A list of all the characters in A Farewell to Arms. The A Farewell to Arms characters covered include: Lieutenant Frederic Henry, Catherine Barkley, Rinaldi, The priest, Helen Ferguson, Miss Gage, Miss Van Campen, Dr. Valentini, Count Greffi, Ettore Moretti, Gino, Ralph Simmons, Emilio, Bonello.