Re: RE: Ernest Hemingway

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I’m in the middle of “A Farewell to Arms”, and even though it’s not normally the kind of book I read I’m loving it. (This is the first Hemingway I’ve read.) I get that his works are considered curriculum-worthy, but I don’t read books that way. I read to be entertained. Perhaps I’m just doing it wrong. I looked the book up on a website that has essays and explanations on all kinds of books. And it went into detail about how most authors use rain as a metaphore for fertility. Hemingway did the opposite and used it to represent sterility. I never would have gotten that on my own. I just read it as rainy weather.

Am I supposed to be looking for these underlying themes in order to fully appreciate a Hemingway?