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When I finished FTA I was of course stunned by the death of Catherine and the baby and Henrys sudden solitude What happens now I felt as I so often do when I finish a book that I want to go on forever This is infinitely more difficult with a book that has no conclusion and FTA leaves a reader not only emotionally exhausted but also just as alone as Henry and with nowhere to go The entire work was aware of where it was going and what was going to happen next and then to stop the way it did was unfair Now Ive read enough essays while deciding which would be the topic for my class presentation that I know many people see that the unfairness of life and the insignificance of our free will are apparently the most important themes in the book but I dont agree I also dont agree that it is a war story or a love story Exactly what it is though is not clear to me Cant art exist without being anything There isnt always an explanation for everythingWar and love are obviously important themes in the book and the relationship between the two is explored by Hemingway and somewhat by Henry In the first two Books we are in the war and the war is overwhelming In the last two Books we are in love And just as the first two Books are peppered with love in the time of war the last two Books are tinged with war in the time of love The third Book is the bridge between the two stories and it is not surprising that it centers on the escape It is during the escape that Henry resolves that he is through with the war a war in which he really has no place and decides that all he wants is to be with CatherineUntil the third Book Henry doesnt seem
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