Not bad but disappointing considering the reputation that Hemingway commands. The characters all seemed excessively one dimensional. While I understand the desire to avoid detours into internal thought, these characters appeared to have no internal thoughts at all. The protagonist felt like nothing more than a spoiled, self-centered brat. He does almost nothing for others and lives off of the debt his family agrees to accept on his behalf. The main love interest would be considered mentally ill by most people as she makes an almost instantaneous connection to the protagonist and has no volition or thoughts of her own. The clipped and repetitive conversations grew dull and irritating quickly. All of that said, books 3 and 4 were worth the read gave a an interesting, though exceptionally vague and cursory, view of a normal soldier in World War I. All in all, this book could have been substantially better than it was, but it was far from the worst book I've read.