The Hemingway Bibliography
 

Title

Hemingway’s War Fiction and "The Best God-Damned God You Ever Knew"

Author

Tim Pingleton

Document Type

Article

Citation

Pingleton, Tim. “Hemingway’s War Fiction and ‘The Best God-Damned God You Ever Knew.’” Americana 1, no. 2 (Fall 2004): 56-73.

Annotation

Explores Hemingway’s and his protagonists’ religiosity during wartime in A Farewell to Arms, For Whom the Bell Tolls, and Across the River and into the Trees. Pingleton focuses on the doughboy’s mingling of Christian principles of the past with present fear to explain the necessity of a physical, paganist Christianity where religion is found, practiced, and expressed in nontraditional ways. Pingleton draws on contemporary conceptions of Christianity as well as the experiences of real soldiers today in his examination of the soldier’s God. Concludes that Hemingway’s fiction reflects a sincere interest in religion, though not conventionally reverential.

Published in

Americana

Volume

1

Issue

2

Date

Fall 2004

Pages

56-73

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