For Whom the Bell Tolls - Ernest Hemingway

For Whom the Bell Tolls

By Ernest Hemingway

  • Release Date: 2015-10-15
  • Genre: Classics
4 Score: 4 (From 281 Ratings)


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 Risesand 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 more intensely emotional than any of the author's previous works, it stands as one of the best war novels of all time.


  • A Classic

    By Smorris8664
    Great book. Very moving in the end. Honestly, I’m a big Metallica fan, and heard their song titles For Whom the Bell Tolls, was loosely based on this book. I’ll have to read the lyrics now to compare, but either way, I enjoyed the book very much.
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  • Has breathtaking moments

    By 43)3?:6:?
    Honestly, Hemingway’s tight prose through hundreds of pages spanning just a few days does have lulls. Of course they build up and lend themselves to later moments, but it can be underwhelming at times. But a few portions of this book are so impactful that it easily makes it a pleasure to read, along with an ending that will stick with you.
  • For whom the bell tolls

    By Broncorich
    His ability to make you understand the Spainish mind at work is the most wonderful part!