A Farewell To Arms

By Ernest Hemingway

Hemingway's "A Farewell To Arms" is a 320 page exposé on Solomon's, "Vanity of vanities, all is vanity" (Ecclesiastes 1:1). Employing his brilliant literary brevity Hemingway paints that vanity of war and life "under the sun" during World War I. The book was not a page-turner for me, but his scenes of war, flight from it, intimacies of love, sad gripping conclusion, and masterly use of economy of language help me understand why it is considered a literary masterpiece.