For Whom the Bell Tolls (Ernest Hemingway)

For Whom the Bell Tolls

Author: Ernest Hemingway
List: Open Option
Project: war
Year of publication: 1940
Pages: 471
Goodreads: For Whom the Bell Tolls



“Set in the Spanish Civil War this novel is about boredom and fatigue in war, the endless waiting for action and death. The loneliness and loss of idealism are mingled survival by camaraderie.” ~Rookreading



In 1937 Ernest Hemingway traveled to Spain to cover the civil war there for the North American Newspaper Alliance. Three years later he completed the greatest novel to emerge from “the good fight”, For Whom the Bell Tolls.

The story of Robert Jordan, a young American in the International Brigades attached to an antifascist guerilla unit in the mountains of Spain, it tells of loyalty and courage, love and defeat, and the tragic death of an ideal. In his portrayal of Jordan’s love for the beautiful Maria and his superb account of El Sordo’s last stand, in his brilliant travesty of La Pasionaria and his unwillingness to believe in blind faith, Hemingway surpasses his achievement in The Sun Also Rises and A Farewell to Arms to create a work at once rare and beautiful, strong and brutal, compassionate, moving and wise.


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