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For Whom the Bell Tolls by Ernest Hemingway
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May 31, 2007

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Read in June, 2007

The forumula:
Boy meets girl.
Boy gets girl.
Boy blows up bridge.
Girl loses boy.
This book contains some beautiful sentences and some annoying sentences. Included in the latter is a sentence that uses the word "now" 22 times and the word "one" 21 times. I realize there's a purpose behind all those nows and ones, but it's still annoying.
Here is one of the beautiful sentences:
"There was very little of it left and one cup of it took the place of the evening papers, of all the old evenings in cafes, of all chestnut trees that would be in bloom now in this month, of the great slow horses of the outer boulevards, of book shops, of kiosques, and of galleries, of the Parc Montsouris, of the Stade Buffalo, and of the Butte Chaumont,of the Guaranty Trust Company and the Ile de la Cite, of Goyot's old hotel, and of being able to read and relax in the evening; of all the things he had enjoyed and forgotten and that came back to him when he tasted that opaque, bitter, tongue-numbing, brain-warming, stomach-warming, idea-changing liquid alchemy."

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