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For Whom the Bell Tolls

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

6 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

Oh. My. Goodness.

Ernest Hemingway once said that he wrote in the 'iceberg' style: one-seventh shows for everything that's underneath. Absolutely no one else (obviously) could have said it better. FOR WHOM THE BELL TOLLS is an amazing-heart-stopping-wow-million-other-wonderful-adjectiv...
Ernest Hemingway once said that he wrote in the 'iceberg' style: one-seventh shows for everything that's underneath. Absolutely no one else (obviously) could have said it better. FOR WHOM THE BELL TOLLS is an amazing-heart-stopping-wow-million-other-wonderful-adjectives book, because there is so much more underlying than is possibly imaginable. In my opinion, Ernest Hemingway is the best author of the 20th century, and this novel showcases his ability to grip your soul with brutally short, simple sentences like no other. The love story seems shallow at first and the protagonist, Robert Jordan, a little unbelievable, but all of the sudden you're drawn into that era and the feeling of hopelessness and the idea of being lost, and it's not shallow anymore. It's tragically beautiful. A must read. For anyone. Everyone. Perhaps the most gorgeous writing does not have to do with the protagonist at all. In one scene, a general watches his huge military plan being foiled even as it is put into action. This is a quote from that part of the book: 'But the planes, now coming deafeningly, were how it could have been and Golz, watching them, looking up, said into the telephone, 'No. Nothing has to make. Nothing. Is not necessary to think. Is necessary to accept.' 'Golz watched the planes with his hard proud eyes that knew how things could be and how they would be instead and said, proud of how they could be, believing in how they could be, even if they never were, 'Good. We will make our small possible,' and hung up. Maybe this is the time. Go on. Come on. Go on.' Sums it up.

posted by Anonymous on September 24, 2007

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Most Helpful Critical Review

11 out of 13 people found this review helpful.

Terrible edition

I did not realize that this edition on the nook is censored. Every swear word is replaced with "obscenity," which is obviously very distracting. Read the book, just not this particular edition.

posted by 8833670 on February 3, 2013

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 3, 2013

    Terrible edition

    I did not realize that this edition on the nook is censored. Every swear word is replaced with "obscenity," which is obviously very distracting. Read the book, just not this particular edition.

    11 out of 13 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 29, 2004

    A dry, boring, tedious piece of American literature

    Maybe it was because I was forced to read this book, or maybe it's because I loathe war books but in any scenario, 'For Whom the Bell Tolls' by Hemmingway was quite possibly one of the worst books I've ever read. His style is very Melville-esque in that he rambles for pages on seemingly nothing. He introduces characters but fails to give them a real backstory of how they end up in Pablo's band of merry men. All Hemmingway seems to care about in this novel is alcohol (and the group in this story seemed to consume so much that you'd swear they'd be too drunk to blow up a bridge), weaponry, and sex with a poor, peasent girl. If you are forced to read this as I was, know that I feel your pain. If you have a choice in reading this insipid novel, please do not read it, it is truly a waste of time.

    1 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 11, 2013

    I quit at page 347. The story is slow, dry and boring. I have

    I quit at page 347. The story is slow, dry and boring. I have enjoyed other books by Hemingway, but I didn't like this one at all. I felt zero empathy for the characters, and everything that happened in this book up to the point where I quit was mundane details. I don't care what you are eating for breakfast. This book is about a war, and there is 1 short fighting scene in the first 350 pages. Long story short, this had potential to be a great story, but the writing didn't work for me at all.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 6, 2006

    Boring

    Just plain boring.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 26, 2001

    blah

    i think this was one of the worst books i've ever read. it was boring, the action was slow, and the story itself wasnt worth being written.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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