I've only read A Farewell to Arms. It was good, but I don't know if I think that because I like that kind of depressive, real life, love stories. I do feel that Hemingway tried to make Henry a bit too badass to be real, and his relationship with Miss Barkley was too perfect and idealistic. Not my favorite, but it was good. I'd like to read Old Man and the Sea and For Whom the bell Tolls.
I've only read For Whom The Bell Tolls and A Farewell To Arms, but I really liked both of them. I really liked A Farewell To Arms, although it's hard to explain why I liked it, I just thought it had a really interesting plot and I liked the characters.
I liked For Whom the Bell Tolls for many reasons, but one of the things I really liked about it was how at the beginning Robert Jordan was really passionate about fighting on the Republican side against the fascists, but as the novel progressed, he became increasingly disillusioned with the Republican side, to the point where he started to have a pretty negative view of both the Republican side and the fascist side.
sun also rises, farewell to arms and for whom the bell tolls are very good, "normal" books, I would definitely recommend them
old man and the sea is a completely different animal. personally I think it stands head and shoulders above the rest of hemmingway's oeuvre, but I can also see why someone would dislike it.
it's almost japanese in the way it subscribes to the idea of "simplicity is the ultimate beauty". it's a flawless book(doesn't mean it's "perfect"), it's like a musical piece where a few simple melodies form a complex harmony and become far greater than the sum of the individual parts, it's mythological, it's a parable without being heavy-handed, it hits something deep in the unconscious, it's a return to the roots of storytelling, heartfelt and sincere tale, the experience of an old man of his time on earth compressed to 200 pages.
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