“For Whom the Bell Tolls” is a famous novel by Ernest Hemingway set during the Spanish Civil War. Explore these quotes and learn about the. When Ernest Hemingway’s now-classic novel For Whom the Bell Tolls was released, exactly 75 years ago on Wednesday, the author’s fans. For Whom the Bell Tolls [Ernest Hemingway] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. In Ernest Hemingway traveled to Spain to cover the.

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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. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.

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Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Hemingwway Page. An alternate cover edition can be found here In Ernest Hemingway traveled to Spain to cover the civil war there for the North American Newspaper Alliance.

Published by Scribner first published October To see what your friends thought of this nemingway, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about For Whom the Bell Tollsplease sign up. Why do the characters use such a language like “thou, thee, art”? Rick The book is written in English, but it implies a translation from Spanish.

The reported events were in Spain, and dialog was in Spanish, and Hemingway …more The book is written in English, but it implies a translation from Spanish. The reported events were in Spain, and dialog was in Spanish, and Hemingway often reminds us of this by using untranslated Spanish. My understanding is that in Spanish, there are formal and informal ways to refer heingway others, and Hemingway used “Thou” as a translation of a formal Spanish “you”.

I don’t know Spanish though, whhom I just accepted this as I read the book. I got this from Wikipedia as I started to read the book less.

What age is this book appropriate for? Micaela That depends on the maturity of the tpll, of course. Given that there is war-related violence described explicitly, including rape, I would venture …more That depends on the maturity of the reader, of course.

Given that there is war-related violence described explicitly, including rape, I would venture to suggest that it might not be appropriate for readers under the age of And tolp would be for pretty mature young readers. In general, for classroom use, as a teacher, I would suggest Advanced 12th grade and up.

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Lists with This Book. Jun 27, Tom rated it did not like it. Ok, before I commit the sacrilege of dismissing this “classic,” permit me to establish my Hemingway bona fides: I have read and loved just about everything else he wrote, and have taught Sun Also Rises, Farewell to Arms, and many short stories, and had a blast doing it.


I’ve read Carlos Baker’s classic bio, and numerous critical articles on H. I’ve made the pilgrimage to Key West and taken pictures of his study and the hordes of 6-toed cats.

I dig Papa, ok? But I can not stand this book! I should Ok, before I commit the sacrilege of dismissing this “classic,” permit me to establish my Hemingway bona fides: I should say up front that I’ve never been able to tolerate it long enough to finish it — twice. First time was nearly 30 years ago, and as a fairly recently discharged Army troop,I hemongway up this book with much anticipation and excitement. Whim couldn’t get past about half way through.

I found the prose so incredibly flat and dull as to be soporific and, yes, I fully understand and appreciate H’s famous “Iceberg Principle” of writing — “the thing left unsaid” etc.

The problem wasn’t the “thing left unsaid;” the problem was too many things said, and in a very boring fashion. How could a book with such a dramatic plot be so dull, I wondered tolll shock? It’s all in the language, or lack thereof. I have a theory that great short story writers often don’t make great, or even good, novelists, because the voice and style that works so well in the shorter genre just doesn’t translate to the longer one John Cheever, case in point; IB Singer, to a lesser extent.

Now, of course, H. Take away the language in H’s novels, and what are you left with — borderline juvenile adventures and fantasies, or at best, semi-journalistic accounts. Compare the opening of Bells with the opening of Farewell to Arms: And the dialogue, sweet jesus, joseph and mary, I’ve heard corporate phone recordings with more intonation and human warmth. A few months ago, our book club selected this novel. At first, I kept my opinions to myself and hoped I would have a different response hemijgway this time.

I readily acknowledge that my reading tastes have evolved — matured, I hope — significantly over the years, and maybe I just had a tin ear 30 years ago.

I couldn’t even get beyond the first 6 pgs this time. That flat voice was duller than ever! I’ve choked down some mediocre books before for the sake of fulfilling my civic duty as a long-standing member of our book club, but I couldn’t do it this time.

This is not to suggest that the rest of you are wrong.

For Whom the Bell Tolls

I have a dear friend who’s read more great literature than I can remember, and he loves this book, and expresses great shock when I tell him how much I hate it. But there it is. View all comments. Gazing through the pines he sees a mountain which reminds him of a breast. It is domed, like a breast, but without a nipple, unlike a breast.

The breastness of the mountain is superb. If only it was covered in pine needles and pine trees and had the scent of pine wafting around it. Then Robert would truly be happy. Set during the Spanish Civil War, it is a story about an American dynamiter who is attempting to blow up a bridge in order to counteract Franco’s forces.

Our main character, Robert Jordan, who is essentially a bad haircut personified, might win the title of ‘most boring protagonist to ever appear in print’. Robert spends most of his time sitting on the forest floor and thinking about breasts.


Poor Robert, his life really stinks! When he isn’t thinking about boobs, he goes off on fifty-page long bellx to his life before the war when he was a young American in Madrid, cornering young girls at house parties and telling them how Kid A is actually the connoisseurs’ choice when tne comes to Radiohead albums but he has a soft spot for Pablo Honey.

What Robert needs is a feminine foil. A woman who can really stand-up to him and someone the hemingsay can truly get behind. So Papa Hemingway shits out Maria, a woman so badly written that the only thing I can remember about her is that her nipples point upwards.

Possibly the most lamentable aspect of Maria’s character is the fact that she was raped by a group of fascists, a tragic backstory that Hemingway glosses over into order to talk about what a fantastic rack she has. Hemingway’s prose has always been an easy target. I would never, ever stoop so low. In fact, I will say thank god for Hemingway’s who, If For Whom the Bell Tolls was actually written at a literacy level higher than that of a kindergartener hwom it would genuinely be unreadable.

On top of that, Hemingway makes the frankly strange decision to self-censor all of the obscenities throughout the novel. Hilariously, he also often substitutes obscenities with the word ‘obscenity’. So there are genuinely moments in this novel where characters say ‘what the obscenity are you doing?

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My advice to all of you is to stay well away from this mess. There’s nothing to see here folks. If tlll want a good book about a bridge, and hey who doesn’t, read Willa Cather’s Alexander’s Bridge.

God, for whom the bell tolls? It tolls for me. View all 33 comments. Aug 26, Jeffrey Keeten rated it liked it. Between a war happened in Spain. It was a war for control of the soul of a country.

It was tlll between the Republicans, who were democratically elected and the Nationalists, a Fascist group wanting to overthrow the government. Most people were not aware at the time, but really this Hemingwsy War was a precursor, a warming pan for World War Two. The Soviet Union and a coalition of other future allies who stayed behind the scenes provided help and advice for the Republicans. Germany and Italy provided support for the Nationalists. There were international brigades formed up of volunteers from all over the world who came to Spain to fight against fascism.

Francisco Franco, leader of the Nationalists, was the dictator of Spain until his death in Heminhway Hemingway went to Spain as a war correspondent for the North American Newspaper Alliance and was hoping to find some great material for a book.

The dialogue is written in an archaic style implying that it is the most correct translation from the Spanish. The thees and thous are distracting and certainly added some ponderousness to a book that was set in the s not the s. Robert Jordan is an American who has been belle to be a dynamiter.