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"Every time you hear a bell ring, it means some angel's just got his wings." Francis Goodrich

  • Nov 13, 2011
In 1937, Robert Jordan is in Spain, with a group of Spanish guerrilla fighters during the Spanish Civil War.

Jordan has been sent to blow up a bridge and meets the various guerrillas. A man named Pablo seemed to be in charge but the real leader of the group is Pablo's wife, Pilar.  He also meets a young woman, Maria, who becomes attracted to him.

Amidst the talk of killing, we follow the romance of Jordan and Marie, a juxtaposition of the author showing elements of love and war together.

Hemingway is a master of dialog and as the words pass by it is as if we are transported to the Spanish mountains and are observing the action before us.

The story mixes historical fact and speculative fiction in a most entertaining manner. With this novel, the reader will not only have an enjoyable read but feel that they have experienced a work of extraordinary literary significance.

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November 13, 2011
I've always heard of this but, I've never read this classic. I'll have to add it to my TBR list! Great review, thanks for sharing :)
November 23, 2011
I appreciate your comments. We went to Spain this summer and since the book is centered there, it made the story more interesting and pertinent.
November 23, 2011
I plan on going there next year for my honeymoon- I've always wanted to go to Barcelona so I'll definitely have to read this before my trip! I think that it's always more fun to read a book in the type of setting in which it is told.
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The ur-text for today's wartime adventure novel, "For Whom The Bell Tolls" remains a standard bearer for pulse-pounding action fiction, and one of the true masterpieces by the most celebrated American author of his time.    Robert Jordan is a Spanish-language instructor from Montana who, now in Spain, has a job of another kind: blow up a critical bridge under enemy control before his comrades, the Republicans of the Spanish Civil War, mount a critical attack. He falls in with …
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For Whom the Bell Tollsbegins and ends in a pine-scented forest, somewhere in Spain. The year is 1937 and the Spanish Civil War is in full swing. Robert Jordan, a demolitions expert attached to the International Brigades, lies "flat on the brown, pine-needled floor of the forest, his chin on his folded arms, and high overhead the wind blew in the tops of the pine trees." The sylvan setting, however, is at sharp odds with the reason Jordan is there: he has come to blow up a bridge on behalf of the antifascist guerrilla forces. He hopes he'll be able to rely on their local leader, Pablo, to help carry out the mission, but upon meeting him, Jordan has his doubts: "I don't like that sadness, he thought. That sadness is bad. That's the sadness they get before they quit or before they betray. That is the sadness that comes before the sell-out." For Pablo, it seems, has had enough of the war. He has amassed for himself a small herd of horses and wants only to stay quietly in the hills and attract as little attention as possible. Jordan's arrival--and his mission--have seriously alarmed him.
"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?"
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ISBN-10: 0684830485
ISBN-13: 978-0684830483
Author: Ernest Hemingway
Publisher: Scribner

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