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For Whom the Bell Tolls (1940)
by Ernest Hemingway
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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. ( )
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.
I couldn't get past page 71.
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.
". . . 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."
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.
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Lanterne (L 73)
Nobelpreisträger Coron-Verlag (weiß) (1954 (USA))
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A Farewell to Arms / For Whom The Bell Tolls / The Old Man and the Sea / The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway
Five Novels: The Sun Also Rises / A Farewell to Arms / To Have and Have Not / The Old Man and the Sea / For Whom the Bell Tolls by Ernest Hemingway
For Whom the Bell Tolls / The Snows of Kilimanjaro / Fiesta / The Short Happy Life of Francis Macomber / Across the River and into the Trees / The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway
Ernest Hemingway Book-of-the-Month-Club Set of 6: A Farewell to Arms, A Moveable Feast, For Whom the Bell Tolls, The Sun Also Rises, The Old Man and the Sea, The Complete Short Stories by Ernest Hemingway
A Moveable Feast / For Whom the Bell Tolls / A Farewell to Arms / The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway
A Farewell to Arms / For Whom the Bell Tolls / The Sun Also Rises / Death in the Afternoon by Ernest Hemingway
Ernest Hemingway - Four Novels - Complete and Unabridged: The Sun Also Rises, A Farewell to Arms, For Whom the Bell Tolls, The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway
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6 Volume Set: Death in the Afternoon / A Farewell to Arms / The Fifth Column and the First 49 Stories / For Whom the Bell Tolls / The Sun Also Rises / To Have and to Have Not 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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Melvil Decimal System (DDC)813.52Literature English (North America) American fiction 20th Century 1900-1944
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