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For Whom the Bell Tolls by Ernest Hemingway
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Oct 01, 2007

it was amazing
Read in September, 2007

Again Communism rears its head (Darkness at Noon was my last book), but this time in the Spanish Civil War (1936-1939), however, it's merely scenery (as are the facists) for the novel's main attraction: Love and War. As an aside, Hemmingway observes what comes as a hard truth to others eventually; that "Soviet Communism" was rotten in its core. Show-trials in Russia and inefficiencies of the Russian hand in the Spanish Republic are not overlooked. Hemmingway is absolutely brilliant in his descriptions of men preparing for battle and in combat. Hemmingway peers into the soul of man and brilliantly expounds on bravery, duty, cowardace, truth, lies, love, and loss. Too much? Me no like writing the reviews. It's probably been 5 years since I read Farewell to Arms. I won't wait that long again before I pick up next Hemmingway book.
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