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For Whom the Bell Tolls (1940)

by Ernest Hemingway

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Classic Literature. Fiction. Literature. HTML:Ernest Hemingway's masterpiece on war, love, loyalty, and honor tells the story of Robert Jordan, an antifascist American fighting in the Spanish Civil War.
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" and one of the foremost classics of war literature.

For Whom the Bell Tolls tells of loyalty and courage, love and defeat, and the tragic death of an ideal. Robert Jordan, a young American in the International Brigades, is attached to an antifascist guerilla unit in the mountains of Spain. In his portrayal of Jordan's love for the beautiful Maria and his superb account of a guerilla leader's last stand, Hemingway creates a work at once rare and beautiful, strong and brutal, compassionate, moving, and wise. Greater in power, broader in scope, and more intensely emotional than any of the author's previous works, For Whom the Bell Tolls stands as one of the best war novels ever written.
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I thought I'd really enjoy this read as I've enjoyed Hemingway before (I think I read The Sun Also Rises long ago) but it turns out I didn't have a lot of patience with his writing style. I just wanted to see the damn bridge get blown up, but it was taking far too long to get there, and I wasn't appreciating the slow train to get there. Granted, this was also an audiobook, so it would be different if I were turning pages. I just had a hard time keeping focus. ( )
  jsmick | Mar 26, 2024 |
Really a 2.75 for me. While it’s a classic-and for good reason- just not for me. Well written. ( )
  mybookloveobsession | Mar 12, 2024 |
Robert Jordan, an American volunteer and dynamiter, is assigned to blow up a bridge near Sigovia during the Spanish Civil War. During the 4 day campaign Roberto meets Pablo, Pilar (name of Hemingway's boat), Anselmo and other members of the guerrilla group, and of course falls in love with the beautiful Maria. There is a flashback to the real 1936 executions at Ronda. Hemingway's detailed descriptions include the feel of pine needles on the forest floor, the body odor of comrades and horses, and memories of youthful moments with a grandfather. ( )
  podocyte | Jan 28, 2024 |
Just ouldn't get into it. 1/4 way through and nothing is happening. Where is the story? What is the story? Supposed to be a 'classic' a 'must read'....Why? How? ( )
  ibkennedy | Jan 23, 2024 |
This is the definitive Hemmingway novel. A deeply romantic hero, drawn to spectacularly unlikely cause, who is beloved by all, except the entirely undefined or characterised enemy, who is rolling on to an unworthy victory. But, it is innovative in dialogue styling, and remains a fine example of the minimallist school of narration. Well worth the read. ( )
  DinadansFriend | Sep 15, 2023 |
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Hemingway the artist is with us again; and it is like having an old friend back. That he should thus go back to his art, after a period of artistic demoralization, and give it a larger scope, that, in an era of general perplexity and panic, he should dramatize the events of the immediate past in terms, not of partisan journalism, but of the common human instincts that make men both fraternal and combative, is a reassuring evidence of the soundness of our intellectual life.
added by danielx | editNew Republic, Edmund Wilson (Jan 23, 2015)
 
The greatness of this book is the greatness of these people's triumph over their foreknowledge of death-to-come... For Whom the Bell Tolls, unlike other novels of the Spanish Civil War, is told not in terms of the heroics and dubious politics of the International Brigades, but as a simple human struggle of the Spanish people. The bell in this book tolls for all mankind.
added by jjlong | editTime (Oct 21, 1940)
 

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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Hemingway, Ernestprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Arbonès, JordiTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Bahar, MustafaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Baudisch, PaulTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Carboni, GuidoForewordsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Dietsch, J.N.C. vanTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Jonsson, ThorstenTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Lewis, SinclairIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Martone, MariaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
NeelyCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Pedrolo, Manuel deForewordsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Scott, CampbellNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed

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No man is an Island, entire of it self; every man is a piece of the Continent, a part of the maine; if a clod be washed away by the Sea, Europe is the lesser, as well as if a Promontorie were, as well as if a Mannor of thy friends or of thine own were; any man's death diminishes me, because I am involved in Mankind; And therefore never tend to know for whom the bell tolls; It tolls for thee. —John Dunne
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He lay flat on the brown, pine-needled floor of the forest, his chin on his folded arms, and high overhead the wind blew in the tops of the pine trees.
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Classic Literature. Fiction. Literature. HTML:Ernest Hemingway's masterpiece on war, love, loyalty, and honor tells the story of Robert Jordan, an antifascist American fighting in the Spanish Civil War.
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" and one of the foremost classics of war literature.

For Whom the Bell Tolls tells of loyalty and courage, love and defeat, and the tragic death of an ideal. Robert Jordan, a young American in the International Brigades, is attached to an antifascist guerilla unit in the mountains of Spain. In his portrayal of Jordan's love for the beautiful Maria and his superb account of a guerilla leader's last stand, Hemingway creates a work at once rare and beautiful, strong and brutal, compassionate, moving, and wise. Greater in power, broader in scope, and more intensely emotional than any of the author's previous works, For Whom the Bell Tolls stands as one of the best war novels ever written.

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