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Fashion Book–A Farewell to Arms

2010 July 2

I’m finally reading my first official Hemingway novel, A Farewell to Arms. Though I read A Movable Feast just a few weeks ago, I felt as though I needed to read one of his novels to really consider him crossed off “the list” if you will.

So,  it’s a good book, but I don’t love it. I just don’t think his style is for me–the sentences are too simple, it seems stilted, almost uncomfortable.  The love story between Hemingway’s semi-autobiographical hero, Frederic Henry, an American officer in the Italian army during WWI, and Catherine Barkley, a Scottish nurse, is intensely emotional, but there’s somehow something missing, for me. Nonetheless, I put together an outfit for Catherine that’s a modern take on a Euro-military-early 20th century look. Incidentally, it also happens to be the 49th anniversary of Hemingway’s death.

A Farewell to Arms

French Connection Tempest Spring Military jacket

CHLOE skirt

Rachel Comey oxford brogues

Bows & Bandits vintage leather shoulder bag

Tobi boyfriend Italian linen scarf

Possy Rap reversible beret

How about you all? What are your thoughts on “Papa” Hemingway? Love him, hate him, completely indifferent?

5 Responses Post a comment
  1. July 2, 2010

    Is it wrong that I like this ensemble way better than Hemingway’s writing? No? Okay then.

  2. Catherine permalink
    July 2, 2010

    Shouldn’t something in the outfit be sleeveless (farewell to arms…get it)? 😉 I haven’t read anything by Hemingway, but since the book is about someone named Catherine, perhaps I will give it a go.

  3. Joe permalink
    July 2, 2010

    I think this outfit is perfect, except for the hat, which needs to be more classic euro and less hipster in winter.

    Also I can’t believe the hate in this post / thread for this book. It’s so menacingly romantic and hopefully delirious. High noun and verb ratio is a good thing.

  4. Kelli permalink
    July 7, 2010

    A Farewell to Arms is actually one of my absolute favorite books…and is what made me fall in love with Hemingway. Stick with it. I hope you like it more by the end.

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