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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
There are war stories and there are war stories. Hemingway's reputation is solidified by this one, principally because of its alternating internal monologs, character... Read morePublished 8 hours ago by C. Adelman
Hemingway was a fascinating guy, but an overrated writer. The book is good, but not great.Published 6 days ago by tayloao
A great book from the master of narration. If you haven't ever read any Hemingway this is a great place to start!Published 8 days ago by Muddo
Dated...rather boring...I know, sacrilige. But couldn't get in the groovePublished 13 days ago by Sidney
Because of the title and the author, I slogged through this...but I think it would be better in Spanish or not at all. Read morePublished 16 days ago by A. Daniells
Reread this masterpiece after 40 years. The romantic story doesn't hold up as writing but the story of an episode in the Spanish Civil War is a masterpiece.Published 20 days ago by M. WILEY
This book is a little dated and the Spanish dialogue and the interpretation becomes a little tiring. Read morePublished 20 days ago by Alfred O Beers