For Whom the Bell Tolls
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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 of loyalty and courage, love and defeat, and the tragic death of an ideal. In his portrayal of Jordan's love for the beautiful Maria and his superb account of El Sordo's last stand, in his brilliant travesty of La Pasionaria and his unwillingness to believe in blind faith, Hemingway surpasses his achievement in The Sun Also Rises and A Farewell to Arms to create a work at once rare and beautiful, strong and brutal, compassionate, moving and wise. "If the function of a writer is to reveal reality," Maxwell Perkins wrote to Hemingway after reading the manuscript, "no one ever so completely performed it." Greater in power, broader in scope, and more intensely emotional than any of the author's previous works, it stands as one of the best war novels of all time.
how am i the first to write a review for this classic!
This book is amazing. All of the characters are flawlessly written and the ending is heart pounding. Love Hemingway.
Good book. Great ending!
This is the only Hemingway book I have read and it was great! I spent 4 hours finishing this book because of the anticipation of how the ending was going to play out. The end of this book was amazing. It starts out very good and slows down only to bring out the much suspense at the end. Some of the characters are so dynamic that you begin to feel for them.
It must be me.
Who am I to criticize the mighty? But I don't get it. It seems to me that he was struggling to fill pages with words so that a fairly simple plot could be stretched to meet some sort of page quota.