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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
What can I say that hasn't been said before? This is a masterpiece of American literature. There is an immediacy and intensity to the prose that captures the imagination.Published 4 days ago by Amazon Customer
Read the first 50 pages and put it down and haven't opened it in since. Great book, just need more time.Published 6 days ago by Nej Kutcharian
My first Hemingway book. I made a vow when I got my kindle, that I would read the "classics." To say this is a book about war, would be a disservice to the reader. Read morePublished 8 days ago by Chuck
Finally got around to reading this classic. It was worth the wait. Great book.Published 11 days ago by gwilbur