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"I am tired of being hunted. Here we are all right. Now if you blow a bridge here, we will be hunted. If they know we are here and hunt for us with planes, they will find us. If they send Moors to hunt us out, they will find us and we must go. I am tired of all this. You hear?" He turned to Robert Jordan. "What right have you, a foreigner, to come to me and tell me what I must do?"In one short chapter Hemingway lays out the blueprint for what is to come: Jordan's sense of duty versus Pablo's dangerous self-interest and weariness with the war. Complicating matters even more are two members of the guerrilla leader's small band: his "woman" Pilar, and Maria, a young woman whom Pablo rescued from a Republican prison train. Unlike her man, Pilar is still fiercely devoted to the cause and as Pablo's loyalty wanes, she becomes the moral center of the group. Soon Jordan finds himself caught between the two, even as his own resolve is tested by his growing feelings for Maria.
For Whom the Bell Tolls combines two of the author's recurring obsessions: war and personal honor. The pivotal battle scene involving El Sordo's last stand is a showcase for Hemingway's narrative powers, but the quieter, ongoing conflict within Robert Jordan as he struggles to fulfill his mission perhaps at the cost of his own life is a testament to his creator's psychological acuity. By turns brutal and compassionate, it is arguably Hemingway's most mature work and one of the best war novels of the 20th century. --Alix Wilber
Hemingway brings a harsh narrative to the stories I grew up hearing about the dust bowl and the Great Depression from my mother and grandmother who lived in Arkansas during this... Read morePublished 5 days ago by Cindy Karger
When I was 18 (more than 50 years ago) I started reading "Across the River and into the Trees". Hated it - never got past 50 pages. Read morePublished 10 days ago by kenw
It's an excellent piece of literature. It is a hard read at points and includes scenes that make you question why Hemingway put them in the book. Read morePublished 10 days ago by Tim Buchal
Finally... Somehow during high school, college and grad school I dodged having to read a book by this author. Not an English major, but science and business major. Read morePublished 11 days ago by Louis R. Cabana
The old writing style using thou and thus etc. Took some getting to. Also Spanish interjection hard to follow at times. Story great. Read morePublished 13 days ago by Mike