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The Fifth Column

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Featuring Hemingway's only full-length play, The Fifth Column and Four Stories of the Spanish Civil War brilliantly evokes the tumultuous Spain of the 1930s. These works, which grew from Hemingway's adventures as a newspaper correspondent in and around besieged Madrid, movingly portray the effects of war on soldiers, civilians, and the correspondents sent to cover it.
Paperback, 112 pages
Published June 24th 2008 by Scribner (first published 1938)
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Carl Brush
Hemingway famously chronicled the Spanish Civil War (For Whom the Bell Tolls) being his most prominent work from the period.) Probably most Americans' knowledge of that conflict comes as much from him as from history texts, since the whole thing got pretty much drowned out by WWII. I've reviewed a few of Rebecca Pawel's novels of the period, which has added to my own knowledge, and I have friends with relatives who actually joined the Lincoln Brigade, a group of American volunteers who went over...more
Jeroen Bernaer
Ernest Hemingway is vooral bekend als schrijver van vaak meesterlijke romans en kortverhalen. Dat hij zich ook één keer waagde aan toneel, is minder bekend. Amusant en degelijk is The Fifth Column wel, maar ophefmakend of memorabel? Nee, dat niet.

Twee aangrenzende hotelkamers in een hotel in het belegerde Madrid tijdens de Spaanse Burgeroorlog. Dat is de hoofdsetting voor The Fifth Column. Twee verschillende werelden blijken het, alleen met elkaar verbonden via een tussendeur. In de ene kamer Do...more
Matthew Offner
Wonderfully written play; it seemed that many were disappointed with the lack of plot and character development, however I was entertained with the quality and wit that is Hemingway's writing, as well as his ability to capture an authentic glimpse of the daily civilian struggles during the Spanish Civil War, set in Madrid. If you have read EH before, the two main characters Philip and Bridges are no strangers. They embody the vanity and self-loathing that Hemingway characters almost always seem...more
Lisa Isselée
wasn't really my cup of tea and the ending was quite disappointing.
But it's still Hemingway and I love his was of writing and the way he uses and describes his scenes in this book is just great.
Hemingway, Ernest. THE FIFTH COLUMN: A PLAY. (1937). ***.
Hemingway’s only full-length play, set in Madrid, attempts to show the effects of war on diverse functionaries stationed in the city during hostilities. Lots of characters and lots of scene changes fail to keep the action moving forward. The various groups of soldiers, civilians, and correspondents in the play are mostly stock characters from central casting without any real depth. I found the play ultimately disappointing.
I think I stole this from a bookstore lol
I was pretty much a kleptomaniac when I was in high school, and this book came in a pocket size so yeah haha
Too bad the book wasn't that good (guess there IS a price to pay)
Hemingway's sense of journalism still feels so strong even in a play like this.
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Ernest Miller Hemingway was an American author and journalist. His economical and understated style had a strong influence on 20th-century fiction, while his life of adventure and his public image influenced later generations. Hemingway produced most of his work between the mid-1920s and the mid-1950s, and won the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1954. He published seven novels, six short story collec...more
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