Ernest Hemingway’s book A Farewell to Arms, while slightly autobiographical, was not a story of his life. Neither was it a book written about the horrors of the War. Hemingway wrote what he knew about, World War I from the point of view of a wounded ambulance driver and the loss of a woman he loved. His sparse prose and ability to accurately capture conversations catapulted him into a famous author. Hemingway dedicated his life to writing “One true sentence” (Crisman, 1998).
Studying this book indepth has given me a greater appreciation, not only for my book, but also for Ernest Hemingway. He was such an extraordinary person. Although my copy is not in pristine condition, it is a beautiful copy; one with a story to tell outside of the actual story in the book. Like the story Hemingway wrote, my copy of A Farewell to Arms will continue to live throughout history, a book to be passed down through the generations.