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
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But I can not stand this book! I should ...more
Robert Capa’s iconic 1936 photo of a falling soldier.
Between 1936-1939 a war happe ...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
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
*Did he really have to write ...more
Hemingway is a great writer and it takes genius to stretch out three days of action into 300+ pages.
A thing that I found unnecessary was the romance. Robert Jordan and Maria love can be summarized into this: We just met, but I love thee! Isn't it amazing how Hemingway's characters always manage to fall in love faster than it takes one to finish smoking a cigarette?
The novel offers brilliant observations into the mind of his solider and the psychological aspects of participating in war a ...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
The last Hemingway I read was A Moveable Feast and I enjoyed it a lot. It helped that I was staying in Paris when I read it so there was that extra special feeling we get when we walk the very streets an author describes in his stories. I think it suited Hemingway to write stories, and perhaps short novels - I remember enjoying The Old Man and the Sea and images from that book stayed with me for years.
In spite of those good experiences, I couldn't relate to this book. I had ...more
1) Most people claim (and this is backed up on the back of my copy) that Hemingway wrote "short, declarative sentences and was known for his tough, terse, prose." And I ask, have any of these people read much Hemingway? This is like claiming that Don Delillo writes sentences like "She had important hair." ...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
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 بازار نشر شود ...more
19 July 2013
This is one of those books that I have been meaning to read for quite a while, even if it is only because of the Metellica song of the same name (which, by the way, was based on the book, and you watch the official video clip here – you will notice that, if you have read the book that is, it includes scenes from the movie, not that this song is the official song for the movie: I think the movie was made years before the song was released). ...more
But on the other hand, it had a great impact on one person, James Oliver Rigney Jr. He was so impacted on ...more
بطل هذه القصة كما في قصته السابقة وداع للسلاح هو متطوع امريكي جمهوري يقاتل الى جانب الجمهوريين و ينضم الى احدى العصابات الثورية المقاتلة في الجبال بغية تنفيذ عملية نسف جسر و مركزين للفاشية ....
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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
I found it amazing, for instance, how an author could take something as simple as a drink, and give you a lot of backstory with it.
"Robert Jordan pushed the cup toward him. It was a milky yellow ...more
5 + stars! Highly recommended. ...more
ترجمه افتضاح بود.یعنی نمره ای که به ترجمه می دهم صفر با ارفاق است.فکر کنم کتاب را کلا نابود کرده بود.شاهکار دیگر نشر امیر کبیر غیر از جلدهای خیلی خلاقانه و زیباش:| این بود که توی متن پشت کتاب که قاعدتا باید یک توضیح کوتاه از داستان باشد که خواننده را به خواندن ترغیب کند،کل داستان را لو داده بود.:|واقعا نصف انگیزه ا ...more
In Hemingway's library, there was a framed 8" x 10" black and white picture of a man. At first, I had no idea who this person was. I later learned that this gentleman was Charles Sweeney, a close friend of Hemingway. Sweeney was a career military man and ...more
And that was to me one of the finest sentences in the novel. In a book full of memorable passages and dialog, this stood out for having captured the entire essence of what the story talks about. This is not an apology for war but rather a vivid description of what war does to men and women. A story of roughness : in living, in loving, in thinking and ultimately in dying. That was to me For whom the bell tolls.
It frustrated and fascinated ...more
For Whom de Bell Tolls is whack. Imma preach ye bitches the word. I been chillin wid me crew di last foe monts in me malls foodcowt. I haz di gang wars wid de southside massive and we be on it rappin and breaking it down in de mall. Sometime de secyurety gards wud chase as down de ailes. I’m like u wot m8? Ill wreck ur nan. He be like bloody gangstahs I’ll wank yer nan. I think dat de wars me and me crew haz is layk de war in dis book. I tot dat de art of war is layk cool b ...more
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