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Preview — For Whom the Bell Tolls by Ernest Hemingway
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
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Robert Capas iconic 1936 photo of a falling soldier.
Between 1936-1939 a war ...more
For Whom the Bell Tolls is a novel by Ernest Hemingway published in 1940. It tells the story of Robert Jordan, a young American in the International Brigades attached to a republican guerrilla unit during the Spanish Civil War. As a dynamiter, he is assigned to blow up a bridge during an attack on the city of Segovia. The novel is regarded as one of Hemingway's best works, along with The Sun Also Rises, The Old Man and the Sea, and A Farewell to ...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 ...more
But the topic of the Spanish Civil War makes it a good read, and the John Donne poem that gave the novel its title should be yelled, shouted, sung, recited, hummed and whispered by heart over and over again, especially in these times of outlandishly islandish people destroying the world again:
No man is an island entire of itself; every man
is a piece of the continent, a part of the main;
if a clod be washed away by the sea, Europe
is the less, ...more
Set in the middle of the Spanish Civil War (1936-1939), For Whom the Bell Tolls tells the tale of one Robert Jordan, an American who is given an assignment to work with a republican guerrilla unit to blow up a bridge during an attack on the city of Segovia.
The story explores various wartime sentiments such as thoughts of mortality, the possibility of suicide to escape ...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 ...more
I really wanted to like this and persevered to past the half way point. But when I got to the stage where I was dreading picking up the book as I was finding it so monotonous, I decided enough was enough--it was going back to the library from whence it came.
The lengthy novel tells the story of Robert Jordan, ...more
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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 also 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 ...more
He sometimes wrote in short sentences. Sometimes quite short. Sometimes very. Sometimes.
His style was distinctive. It was often parodied. Sometimes in book reviews.
He shot elephants for sport. He murdered lions. He fished Marlins. He watched Andalusian bulls die slow deaths while Spaniards danced ...more
This is my first of Hemingway and my second war novel (first was Vonneguts 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. Hemingways stylistic choice of words, the density and intelligent distribution of his sentences, ...more
The main character, and central point of the whole action, is an American volunteer named Robert Jordan. He's been entrusted to blow up a bridge to stop the advance of the national reinforcement troops against a republican attack.
His guide, Anselmo, establishes the contact between him and a group of ...more
How little we know of what there is to know. I wish that I were going to live a long time instead of going to die today because I have learned much about life in these four days; more, I think, than in all the other time.
A devastating novel about war (the Spanish Civil War, specifically), death, killing and connection. Hemingway blends a hard-hitting 'action' story of a small group of Republican partisans behind fascist lines on a mission to blow up a bridge with a profound meditation on ...more
The historian Stanley Payne has ...more
There is much strength in this story. The characters after reading, one will never forget the powerful Pilar; she dominates every scene. I found her to be the central instrumental emotion of the book.
The writing is unique, exquisite, and compassionate. The settings in the pine forest, the eating, the wine; all take you right there. The dialogue creates tautness throughout, like a cord stretched to the limit. Throughout I ...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