Wow, what a Meeting! I think I counted nine of us there to discuss A Farewell to Arms by Ernest Hemingway.
Where to begin? Our discussion leader sent out an email asking us to think before the meeting about:
- The body of literary ciriticism characteriizes this book as an enduring American classic. Why?
- Prose style. Can you describe, find examples, and compare to other genres or writers?
- Are there character traits of this author that are brought to the fore in the writing?
As usual there were reports on the life of our author. Several members took extensive notes of passages that were memorable in their ideas or in the writing style...either in a positive or negative way.
Most of the group read the entire book. A few didn't finish it and one did not read it and did not plan to read it after we had discussed it.
Regarding liking it or not, a few didn't like it at all. (I had