Hemingway died in 1961 at age 61 (Kurt Hutton/Picture Post/Getty Images)
On Monday, CBC news reported that publishing house Simon & Schuster will be publishing a new edition of Ernest Hemingway's classic novel A Farewell to Arms featuring 47 alternate endings that Hemingway experimented with while he was working on the book.
Published in 1929, A Farewell to Arms was Hemingway's first bestselling novel. It tells the story of a doomed romance between a British nurse and an American serving in the ambulance corps during the First World War. Hemingway is famously quoted as saying he had to write the end of the book "39 times before I was satisfied." The book as readers know it ends tragically, with nurse Catherine dying in childbirth. But Hemingway's potential endings vary widely — one of them is even happy, with both Catherine and her child surviving.
In the spirit of narrative multiplicity, the CBC Books team has been entertaining ourselves by imagining alternate endings for some of our favourite books. What if Alice's time in Wonderland wasn't just a dream, and the Queen of Hearts did succeed in having her head cut off, Game of Thrones style? Or if Gatsby turned Daisy in after the car accident? Imagine if Mordecai Richler had foreseen the Nigerian e-mail scam, and that's how Duddy Kravitz was able to make back his fortune?
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Now we want to hear from you. Is the ending of your favourite book too sad, too cheerful, or too devoid of an alien invasion? Give us an alternate ending to a book you love in the comments or on Twitter for your chance to win a Sony Digital Reader! We'll feature some of our favourite entries in a blog post update. You have until July 29 to enter. Here are the rules and regs.