For Whom the Bell Tolls
In 1937 Ernest Hemingway traveled to Spain to cover the civil war there for the North American Newspaper Alliance. Three years later he completed the greatest novel to emerge from "the good fight," For Whom the Bell Tolls. The story of Robert Jordan, a young American in the International Brigades attached to an antifascist guerilla unit in the mountains of Spain, it tells...more
In The Things They Carried, Tim O'Brien writes that, "If at the end of a war story you feel uplifted, or if you feel that some s...more
But on the other hand, it had a great impact on one person, James Oliver Rigney Jr. He was so impacted on...more
But I can not stand this book! I should...more
عنوان زیباتر و رساتر این داستان را (این ناقوس عزای کیست) بیشتر میپسندم؛ چرا که داستان صرفاً روایت یک عملیات پارتیزانی محض نیست، بلکه روایت یک رابطهی انسانی و در مقابل آن چیزی به نام آرمان و هدف است
باری، ترجمهی بد این کتاب باعث شد تا از خواندن آن لذتی نبرم و فیلمی که از آن پیشتر دیده بودم برایم باقی بماند. باشد تا برگردان بهتری از این کتاب روانه ب...more
This book was beautiful.
I don't even like books about war. (Case in point: I scanned half of War and Peace. I think which half is obvious.) But this book took five hundred pages to blow up a single bridge. There were tanks t...more
This is my first of Hemingway and my second war novel (first was Vonnegut’s Slaughterhouse Five).
When I picked it up from my book rack, I told myself “Hmmm.. Hemingway. This must be a difficult book”, but I was proven wrong. Hemingway’s stylistic choice of words, the density and intelligent distribution of his sente...more
In Spain of the post-Franco years, and especially since the opening of the archives of the old Soviet Union, the debate about the role of the Communist in the Republic both before and after Franco’s rebellion has increased with renewed intensity. It has long been clear that the war was not a simpl...more
“Noaptea era senina, iar capul lui la fel de limpede si rece ca si aerul de deasupra. Simtea in nari mireasma ramurilor de brad de sub el, mirosul specific de brad al cetinilor strivite, si mirosul mai patrunzator al rasinii scurse din ramurile retezate. Se gindea la Pilar. Pilar si mirosul mortii, isi zise Robert Jordan. Asta-i mirosul care-mi place. Asta si mireasma trifoiului proaspat cosit, mirosul salviei strivite sub copitele calului cind umbli dupa cirezi, fumul focului de lemne si al fru...more
*Did he really have to write...more
For one, it was masterfully written and as I know is often cited as Hemingway's best novel. There were many flashbacks of various characters which were compelling glimpses into their pasts; Mr. Hemingway occasionally took us into the mind of the American protagonist, and the flow of his thoughts was perfectly captured, snippets of this and that jockeying for attention. The language too was unique. No Spanish speaker I, but it was clear to me that from the get g...more
This is the sixth Hemingway book I've read, and easily my least favorite and so far the only I wouldn't give a five-out-of-five rating.
There are a lot of great sections in the book, and the ending is fantastic. I don't know that I've ever read a book that explored the specific theme of death any more than "For Whom the Bell Tolls," offering different viewpoints, all of which come from characters very aware of the fact that they could be dead in a matter of days.
The conflict between the ma...more
[Later on...] Having finished it, though, I'm not so sure. I think he's about something different here. Sure, his style is unmistakeable. Since we were talking about movies tonight, I'll compare him to Tarantino: you'll always recognize a Tarantino movie, because hi...more
Essa observação está intimamente ligada com a minha leitura; não consegui deixar de questionar o que percebi ser a intenção do autor. Uma vivência crítica, sim, da dor e do sofrimento da guerra, mas que reconhece e chega a dar a impressão de estar muito confortável com...more
By Ernest Hemmingway.
Phew. That was a long read.
It was definitely worth the effort tackling something as big as this classic novel, given that most of the themes in the story will resonate with many people.
One in particular was Robert Jordan's DEATH ANXIETY that is prevalent throughout the book; He ruminates about this a lot and as the reader knows how bad the situation is you can't help but feel sorry for him and the rebels.
The terror the REBELS feel about possible captu...more
The language in this book is tough and clipped. However, it is still poetic, provocative and beautiful. I was completely awestruck by the treatment of the Spanish language in the novel. Hemmingway kept the Spanish colloquialisms and treatment of pronouns in the dialogue. In this book the spanish language is completely alive. It has stregnths and weaknesses just as any of the characters wi...more
On a side note, I read that Hemingway once won a bet with some of his friends who ribbed him for writing in such uncomplicated p...more