A Farewell To Arms (Ernest Hemingway) – Adapted: Books to Movies

Love books? Love movies? Hosts Marisa Serafini and Phil Svitek love them both too… equally. So they decided to marry their love of both into a monthly dedicated series where they discuss books that have been adapted into movies.

This month they discuss A Farewell to Arms. The book, published in 1929, is a first-person account of American Frederic Henry, serving as a lieutenant (“tenente”) in the ambulance corps of the Italian Army. The title is taken from a poem by 16th-century English dramatist George Peele.

A Farewell to Arms is about a love affair between the expatriate American Frederic Henry and Catherine Barkley against the backdrop of the First World War, cynical soldiers, fighting and the displacement of populations. Its publication ensured Hemingway’s stature as a modern American writer, became his first best-seller, and is described by biographer Michael Reynolds as “the premier American war novel from that debacle World War I.”

This book has been adapted in various forms, notably in 1932 and 1957 starring Gary Cooper and Rock Hudson as Fredrick Henry, respectively.

Marisa and Phil give historical context to the book, talk about Hemingway’s inspiration for writing it, favorite plot points and then transition into discussing the adapted versions.

To download the rundown, click here: http://audio.afterbuzztv.com/media/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/BCO/AFarewelltoArms.pdf

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