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New Meetup: Book Club Meeting

From: Nerida
Sent on: Monday, June 14, 2010 10:22 PM
Hello everyone,

Announcing a new Meetup for Around Fitzroy & Collingwood Book Club!

After a very popular pair of books (and chocolates) for our 1st birthday meeting, we have chosen ?A FAREWELL TO ARMS? written by Ernest Hemingway for the next meeting. I have already made it through quite a bit of the book and am loving it. As there is not much time between meetings we have only selected one book this time, but have a couple of good suggestions to research for the July meeting.

The meeting is 2pm on Sat 26th June at Grumpy?s Green Caf? 125 Smith Street, Fitzroy

The Around Fitzroy & Collingwood Book Club is very informal, there is no set meeting agenda. Over a coffee, beer or wine, we usually have a chat about what everyone thought of the book of the month and see if anyone has read anything else exciting or heard of any great literary events on in Melbourne.

A FAREWELL TO ARMS is one of Hemingway's earliest novels. With much of the material loosely based on his own personal experiences as an ambulance driver during World War I, the story captures in great detail the conflict in all of its horror and barbarism.

The book invites us to imagine all of the brave soldiers who went into the war in search of glory. What they found instead was the endless stalemate and hideous prospect of trench warfare. Perhaps more than any other war in the history of warfare, the first World War changed the traditional paradigms of how wars were fought and what the objectives of engagements were. Hemingway, who was there himself, serves as a perfect instrument to portray what it was really like.
The plot centers around Frederick Henry, an American ambulance driver for the Italian army (a job Hemingway performed himself). Henry is a typical masculine Hemingway male persona who falls in love with a beautiful, long-haired & impetuous British nurse named Catherine Barkley. Henry is an exemplar of the WWI soldier who gets more than he bargains for in the war; betrayal and ignominious soldiering of the Italians in the wake of defeat.

The tragic irony of this novel is what makes it so memorable. Henry, as a wounded man who withdraws from the battle, as well as the whims of the Italian Army. However, he does so only to find that life is full of tragedy whether you're in a war or not.

Learn more here:
http://www.meetup.com/Around-Fitzroy-Collingwood-Book-Club/calendar/13794026/

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