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For Whom the Bell Tolls (1940)

by Ernest Hemingway

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The story of Robert Jordan, an American fighting during the Spanish Civil War with the anti-fascist guerillas in the mountains of Spain.
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Robert Jordan, a young American in the International Brigades attached to an antifascist guerilla unit in the mountains of Spain. A lot of the time is spent with Robert musing about the situation and life. The writing was well done. But I found it hard to care. It was a struggle to maintain my interest in the futility they faced. ( )
  nx74defiant | May 27, 2023 |
An exercise in stretching out those poignant yet honourable moments that we tend to experience in incredibly short periods of time. Our protagonist Robert Jordan does not learn many things over the course of the novel’s three days; but he does come to learn those singular truths of love and dedication that are the most central to one’s being. A book of muted dogged tactics, acrid images of torture and quiet contemplation of both man’s nature and nature itself in all of its magnanimity. Not sure how this ranks up against A Farewell to Arms but I recommend it highly nevertheless. Hemingway’s discussions of duty always seem to nail down that elusive character of masculinity that is life-affirming and not irksome, I feel optimism gleam from every page - even when Jordan is struck down by seething rage and jaded indignation there seems to be a wonderful base level of unquestioning altruism just below the surface. Like Miller he’s also a writer that plays greatly on the appetite, I consumed a number of bottles of Rioja over the week while reading this and found it pairs quite nicely with Gil Evans’ Sketches of Spain played on repeat. Great novel. ( )
  theoaustin | May 19, 2023 |
First edition
  Snowplum85 | Feb 24, 2023 |
  archivomorero | Feb 13, 2023 |
I couldn't get past page 71.
  GRLopez | Nov 15, 2022 |
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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)
". . . a tremendous piece of work. . . . Mr. Hemingway has always been the writer, but he has never been the master that he is in 'For Whom the Bell Tolls' . . . his finest novel."
added by GYKM | editNew York Times, Ralph Thompson (Oct 21, 1940)
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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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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