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Critics usually describe Hemingways style as simple spare and journalistic These are all good words they all apply Perhaps because of his training as a newspaperman Hemingway is a master of the declarative subject-verb-object sentence His writing has been likened to a boxers punches--combinations of lefts and rights coming at us without pause Take the following passage We were all cooked The thing was not to recognize it The last country to realize they were cooked would win the war We had another drink Was I on somebodys staff No He was It was all balls The style gains power because it is so full of sensory detail There was an inn in the trees at the Bains de lAllaiz where the woodcutters stopped to drink and we sat inside warmed by the stove and drank hot red wine with spices and lemon in it They called it gluhwein and it was a good thing to warm you and to celebrate with The inn was dark and smoky inside and afterward when you went out the cold air came sharply into your lungs and numbed the edge of your nose as you inhaled The simplicity and the sensory richness flow directly from Hemingways and his characters--beliefs The punchy vivid language has the immediacy of a news bulletin these are facts Hemingway is telling us and they cant be ignored And just as Frederic Henry comes to distrust abstractions like patriotism so does Hemingway distrust them Instead he seeks the concrete the tangible hot red wine with spices cold air that numbs your nose A simple good becomes higher praise than another writers string of decorative adjectives Though Hemingway is best known for the tough simplicity of style seen in the first passage cited above if we take a close look at A Farewell to Arms we will often find another Hemingway at work--a writer who is aiming for certain complex effects
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