A Fine Copy of the Rare Signed, Limited A Farewell to Arms. First edition, limited to 510 copies signed by the author, this being number 309. Octavo. [viii], -355, [1, blank] pp. With signed limitation page inserted.
Original parchment backstrip and corner over green paper boards, black morocco spine label, original publisher's slipcase. Minor scuffing to spine, slipcase rubbed, with minor splitting. Still, a fine copy.
Hanneman A 8B.
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I wanted to do something for him. You see, I didn't care about the other thing and he could have had it all. He could have had anything he wanted if I would have known. I would have married him or anything. I know all about it now. But then he wanted to go to war and I didn't know.The two begin an affair, with Henry quite convinced that he "did not love Catherine Barkley nor had any idea of loving her. This was a game, like bridge, in which you said things instead of playing cards." Soon enough, however, the game turns serious for both of them and ultimately Henry ends up deserting to be with Catherine.
Hemingway was not known for either unbridled optimism or happy endings, and A Farewell to Arms, like his other novels (For Whom the Bell Tolls, The Sun Also Rises, and To Have and Have Not), offers neither. What it does provide is an unblinking portrayal of men and women behaving with grace under pressure, both physical and psychological, and somehow finding the courage to go on in the face of certain loss. --Alix Wilber