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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 If the function of a writer is to reveal reality Maxwell Perkins wrote to Hemingway after reading the manuscript no one ever so completely performed it Greater in power broader in scope and intensely emotional than any of the author's previous works it stands as one of the best war novels of all time


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    'Robert Jordan sits on the pine needle floor of the pine forest the scent of pine drifting through the pine trees which surround him 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' For Whom the Bell Tolls is allegedly a novel by Ernest Hemingway 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 flashbacks 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 it 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 reader 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 hasHemingway'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 prose If For Whom the Bell Tolls was actually written at a literacy level higher than that of a kindergartener then 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 'What the fuck' becomes 'what the muck' and so on 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?' and 'go obscenity yourself' My advice to all of you is to stay well away from this mess There's nothing to see here folks If you are interested in a book on the Spanish Civil War read Orwell's Homage to Catalonia If you 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