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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

9 out of 11 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 November 4, 2006

    Blah Blah Blah

    For Whom the Bell Tolls is supposed to be great American Literature because that is what we are told. There are many who say that this is Hemingway's greatest work. I think this novel just plain misses. The Love story is sophmoric and shallow. Maria, who has been previosly raped and can no longer trust anyone, sleepswith the protaganist, Robert Jordan, within several hours of meeting him and then they are passionatly in love with one another. This is also Robert Johnson idea of 'taking care of the girl.' The character develpment is shallow. I have no idea why Robert Johnson from Montana wanted to be a part of this war, or why anyone expedcted this band of guirrellas to assist in the blowing up of the bridge. I found myself not liking or caring about any of the characters with the exception of Anselmo. Finally the ending. There was no real ending. It as if Hemingway just got tired of writing and decided that was enough and then just quit writing.

    4 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 1, 2009

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    Disappointing

    I was disappointed with this book especially because I've heard great things about Hemingway. And I really am a patient reader. I've enjoyed reading "boring" books like War and Peace.

    But this novel is around 500 pages, and the first 450 just seem pointless. Hemingway goes into lengthy descriptions that doesn't contribute to a deep understanding of the characters. The love story between Robert and Maria is shallow. The conversations are pointless. I wanted to quit reading the book halfway through, but I just finished it as "a point of honor".

    In fairness, the last 50 pages were okay, there was a poignant scene.

    I suppose you can read this book if you're studying American literature. But if you're looking for a good read, then try something else.

    1 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 5, 2006

    Dissapointed in Hemingway

    A writer of this proclaimed importance should stand the test of time. This book fails to with its sophmoric treatment of making love and childish almost difficult read of the lovers dialogue. Maybe its me, but many of these sentences and scenes just didn't make sense. I asked myself several times throughout the book, whats going on here, I don't understand the dynamic and interplay.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 27, 2004

    I've read better classics

    For Whom the Bell Tolls was a dissapointment for me. Although I have read more books based on a romanticism ideal, I have read realistic ideal books, too. Hemingway went too far with his realism that it made the book un-enjoyable for someone that is looking for a moral book. I also hated the ending. There was no conclusion. It just ended. I was the most disppointed with the ending.

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