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 Risesand 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.
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A few misspellings and left with wanting more
For Whom the Bell Tolls is good to read with it’s actual experience of war, you understand war from reading it. The book had a few misspellings. The conversations in For Whom the Bell Tolls can be confusing with it’s lack of ‘this character said this’.
After finishing reading For Whom the Bell Tolls I wanted more from the protagonist Robert Jordan.
Great book. Very moving in the end. Honestly, I’m a big Metallica fan, and heard their song titles For Whom the Bell Tolls, was loosely based on this book. I’ll have to read the lyrics now to compare, but either way, I enjoyed the book very much.
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