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5.0 out of 5 stars Still haunted by Hemingway
"For Whom the Bell Tolls" was the first Hemingway I ever read. I was a high school kid in the early 1970s, working on my campus newspaper, newly graduated from Jack London but not yet ready for Jack Kerouac.
To my young eyes, it was a good action story: Robert Jordan, the passionate American teacher joins a band of armed gypsies in the Spanish Civil...
Published on June 2, 2000 by Ron Franscell, Author of 'The ...
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3.0 out of 5 stars What War Is Really Like
With vivid, descriptive prose, Hemingway takes us into the mind of a soldier. Focused on duty and his mission, our main character encounters love among the carnage, but even that does not sway him from his duty. Though at times a bit long-winded, Hemingway brings the internal battle of war to the surface. The self-talk that goes on shows the conflict behind the rough...
Published on January 14, 2011 by GTO
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic read.,
I just re-read this after twenty years. Since then, I've been to my own war as a Marine Infantryman. Papa's characterization of interacting with indigenous forces is spot on, as is his storytelling. Compelling use of language to convey emotion. Fantastic read.
4.0 out of 5 stars My first Hemmingway book,
The old writing style using thou and thus etc. Took some getting to. Also Spanish interjection hard to follow at times. Story great. Contemplation of suicide by main character interesting given ultimate demise of author. A hard read but worth the effort.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Literary master,
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Hemmingway is a literary master and displays it in this book. The haunting tale of war and love will speak to any reader. No writer can immerse the reader in a story the way Hemingway can.
5.0 out of 5 stars It's an excellent piece of literature,
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. However, its style is interesting,and its themes remain valid to this day. Well worth the read.
5.0 out of 5 stars ... grew up hearing about the dust bowl and the Great Depression from my mother and grandmother who lived in ...,
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 period. Truly the great American novel, beautifully written.
5.0 out of 5 stars Read "bell tolls" for a book club. All of ...,
Read "bell tolls" for a book club. All of us over 60 if not over 70; many for the second or third time in our lives. It has not changed in quality over the last fifty years, for me. Nor for all the others. First rate.
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5.0 out of 5 stars You cannot beat this!,
Having read two Hemmingway novels, I was not impressed. Frankly, I was surprised that I did not enjoy them. After growing up and hearing about the great Hemmingway, the man's man, I found his characters weak and whinny. Ready to give up, I gave him one more try and I am glad he did. This is a magnificent novel.
Set in the Spanish Civil War during the 1930s it tells the story of Robert Jordan, an American volunteer fighting against Franco and his fascist allies. This is first-rate story telling, it grabs the reader from the offset and pulls him into the story. Unlike other Hemmingway novels (i.e., The Son Also Rises), these are heroic characters that we deeply care about.
The imagery is magnificent. I can still see in my minds eye, the retreating Republicans, the panicked soldiers, the horses out of control and the cartridge casings spilled in the road way. If you are unfamiliar with Hemmingway, read this book first. All the others will pale in comparison.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Hemmingway has done it again.,
Hemmingway opens his classic account of Robert Jordan and the anti-fascists guerillas he helps, with the surveying of a mill and bridge. Through Hemmingway's superb writing skills we find out why Jordan is on this particular mission and the basis of his mission in Spain.
Robert Jordan is sent to Spain to help an anti-fascists guerilla unit in the mountains of Spain. There, in the mists of war, he falls in love with the beautiful Maria. In his description of war and what the tolls of it are, Hemmingway forgets nothing. In his excellent account of El Sordos's last stand he leaves out nothing, and provides multiple viewpoints of the situation. All forty-three chapters are written without flaw and provide the reader with a true story about war and the devastation it causes. From page one to page 471 the reader's senses are bombarded with a colorful array of writing. This perhaps is Hemmingway's best work and was published at the height of his career. This book is guaranteed to give you your bang for your buck, and doesn't come close to A Farwell to Arms or The Sun Also Rises. Everyone should read this book and be exposed to one of the most influential American writers ever.
5.0 out of 5 stars Heminway is a GOD !,
This review is from: For Whom the Bell Tolls (Hardcover)
Hemingway is the best American author ever. He says more in fewer words than anyone else. His descriptions are so vivid and concrete and his stories are moving. Simply unrivaled.
5.0 out of 5 stars Sun Dial Press edition,
This review is from: FOR WHOM THE BELL TOLLS (Hardcover)
I just bought this exact book on eBay for $20. The Sun Dial Press edition is not the 1st edition Scribner and Sons. Good luck trying to sell it for over $700 folks. Great book btw.
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For Whom the Bell Tolls (Scribner Classics) by Ernest Hemingway (Hardcover - June 10, 1996)