Dead Wives in Switzerland

On August 6 I finished reading Graham Greene’s Doctor Fischer of Geneva, or The Bomb Party where the main character’s wife died in a skiing accident in Switzerland. Today I finished Ernest Hemingway’s A Farewell to Arms where of course Catherine Barkely dies in labour in Switzerland. I find it a bit odd that I read two books that have similar endings like this in the span of less than two weeks.

While Hemingway’s is by far the better book — his narrative and description is outstanding — Greene’s Anna-Luis is the better of the late wives. Barkely’s dialogue is downright annoying (I admit to feeling bad saying that as she’s “dead” [the book’s realness still lingers in my mind]).

Anyways, just thought I’d share a thought.

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