Hüvasti, relvad Ernest Hemingway

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Published: 1983

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270 pages


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Hüvasti, relvad  by  Ernest Hemingway

Hüvasti, relvad by Ernest Hemingway
1983 | Paperback | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, audiobook, mp3, RTF | 270 pages | ISBN: | 6.47 Mb

I feel like awarding the great Hemingway only two stars has officially consigned me to the seventh circle of literary hell. But I must be honest. By this websites criteria two stars indicates that a book is okay - and to me that describes this work perfectly.Hemingway himself is undeniably gifted. I love his succinct style (though at times it degenerates to downright caveman-speak), his honest diction and his wonderful sense of humor.

That being said, he gets away with utterly ignoring most rules of writing - which I admire at times, but lets face it, some of those rules are there for a REASON. This book is overflowing with extreme run-on sentences, constant use of qualifiers (I think very might actually be his VERY favorite word), adjectives (even NOUNS!) used four or five times in the same paragraph, and long stretches of dialogue involving more than two speakers with absolutely no indication of who is saying what (if I hadnt been reading a library book, I would have color-coded the darn thing!) And besides style, the story itself just didnt grab me.

I didnt give two farts about the self-absorbed, unthinking, unfeeling protagonist or his codependent, psychologically damaged doormat of a girlfriend. This is NOT a love story. In fact, I feel sorry for anyone who thinks it is. Men who hate women are incapable of writing love stories. And for the life of me, I cant derive a theme - or even a general POINT - to this book...

unless mayhap it is stupid, senseless tragedy happens sometimes to people you dont care about. I did feel like crying several times while reading, though... but only because of the mention of alcohol on almost every page of text... I could literally HEAR Hemingway drinking himself to death.

It broke my heart.CRAP WE LET HIM GET AWAY WITH BECAUSE HES HEMINGWAY:We walked to the door and I saw her go in and down the hall. I liked to watch her move. She went on down the hall. I went on home. It was a hot night and there was a good deal going on up in the mountains.

I watched the flashes on San Gabriele. I stopped in front of the Villa Rossa. The shutters were up but it was still going on inside. Somebody was singing. I went on home. (FOR THE LOVE WILL SOMEBODY HELP THIS GUY GET HOME????)I came up onto a road. Ahead I saw some troops coming down the road. I limped along the side of the road and they passed me and paid no attention to me. They were a machine-gun detachment going up toward the river. I went on down the road.

(FOR THE LOVE WILL SOMEBODY HELP THIS GUY GO ON DOWN THE ROAD???)And now that Ive slammed him so hard, here is a glimpse at the genius that allows him to get away with it all.FAVORITE QUOTES: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 every one 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. If you are none of these you can be sure it will kill you too but there will be no special hurry.They were beaten to start with.

They were beaten when they took them from their farms and put them in the army. That is why the peasant has wisdom, because he is defeated from the start. Put him in power and see how wise he is.The coward dies a thousand deaths, the brave but one... Who said it?... He was probably a coward. He knew a great deal about cowards but nothing about the brave. The brave dies perhaps two thousand deaths if hes intelligent. He simply doesnt mention them.Life isnt hard to manage when youve nothing to lose.I was blown up while we were eating cheese.AND MY FAVORITE SCENE: (His friend Rinaldi begins the dialogue)Loan me fifty lire.I dried my hands and took out my pocket-book from the inside of my tunic hanging on the wall.

Rinaldi took the note, folded it without rising from the bed and slid it in his breeches pocket. He smiled, I must make on Miss Barkley the impression of a man of sufficient wealth. You are my great and good friend and financial protector.Go to hell, I said.



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