For Whom the Bell Tolls

For Whom the Bell Tolls

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For Whom the Bell Tolls by Ernest Hemingway, Alexander Adams

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In 1937 Hemingway arrived in Spain to cover the Civil War for the North American Newspaper Alliance. He filed his dispatches, but the real fruit of those years was FOR WHOM THE BELL TOLLS.

The story of Robert Jordan, an American fighting with anti-fascist guerillas in the mountains of Spain, it tells of loyalty and courage, love and defeat, the tragic death of an ideal. It lives for us because of the great disillusionment that grew out of WW II, a war fought with such high hopes and concluded so cynically with a former ally gobbling up half of the Europe we hoped to liberate.

"If the function of a writer is to reveal reality," Maxwell wrote Hemingway after reading the manuscript, "no one ever so completely performed it." Great in power, broad in scope, intensely emotional, it stands as one of the best war novels of all times.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780736644297
Publisher: Books on Tape, Inc.
Publication date: 04/28/1999
Edition description: Unabridged, 11 Cassettes
Product dimensions: 4.16(w) x 6.20(h) x 2.69(d)

About the Author

Ernest Hemingway did more to influence the style of English prose than any other writer of his time. Publication of The Sun Also Rises and A Farewell to Arms immediately established him as one of the greatest literary lights of the 20th century. His classic novella The Old Man and the Sea won the Pulitzer Prize in 1953. Hemingway was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1954. He died in 1961.

Campbell Scott directed the film Off The Map, and received the best actor award from the National Board of Review for his performance in Roger Dodger. His other films include The Secret Lives of Dentists, The Dying Gaul, Mrs. Parker and the Vicious Circle and Big Night, which he also co-directed.

Date of Birth:

July 21, 1899

Date of Death:

July 2, 1961

Place of Birth:

Oak Park, Illinois

Place of Death:

Ketchum, Idaho

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
active_voice More than 1 year ago
Anyone who loves to read the English language at its best must pick up Hemingway every few years and remind himself just how simple great writing can be. Nouns and verbs. straightforward storylines. Vivid descriptions. He is as fresh and vibrant today as ever. Pick up Hemingway. Remove the modifiers in your life. Just live.
TEST NOOKUSER More than 1 year ago
great book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Seghetto More than 1 year ago
I had only read The Old Man and The Sea before this novel. This book just grabbed me and I had to read it until I finished it. The trademark Hemingway style of silence is present here. The landscape and environment are as much a part of the story as the characters. It took getting used to pages of describing the landscape so deeply, but once I went along for the ride I enjoyed the novel immensely. The plot seems conventional, that's fine for me.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The book “For Whom the Bell Tolls” by Ernest Hemingway is an excellent book that I recommend to read it. And I think that because some of the part where berry descriptive an it made me feel if I was there. I think that the person reading the should really set some time to read this book even though I did not write that much about this book. If I tell anything about is then there is not point of reading it. Diana Sanchez
Mannadonn More than 1 year ago
When I first started reading this book I could not, for the life of me, remember what the dang thing was called! I kept confusing it with Hemingway's "A Farewell to Arms." I read this book because The Hubble and I came up with an agreement that we would select a book for one another every other month. We started in May. The book he selected for me was this one. I approached this book assuming I would hate it. I assumed it was just some war story (The Hubble loves those) and it would be a "man" book. My assumptions were partially correct. This was a story about war...but it was also so much more than that. This was the story of Robert Jordan, the dynamiter. Robert Jordan is an American teacher who was called to Active Duty in the military. He was sent to the mountains of Spain to assist the antifascist guerilla units there. His main purpose is to demolish a bridge and assist in the attack against the fascist elements in that area. During his time with the guerilla group, Jordan begins to know and understand the many individuals who are engaged in the antifascist cause. Jordan quickly comes to care for individuals such as Anselmo, the old man, who is a hunter and hates to kill men. Pilar. the mujer de Pablo, who is considered barbarous. El Sordo...what is there to say about El Sordo? A brave man. A Strong man. A man who fought with everything he had. And Maria...Maria, the cropped headed one.... I was extremely surprised to discover the love story within this book. Jordan's love affair with Maria is an integral part of this story and far from the "man" book I originally believed it to be. The love that Maria and her Ingles, or Roberto, share moved the Earth. It is a love that will linger in my heart. This book is both heartbreaking and beautiful. Though it is not a "man" book, neither is it a "romance." This is a book that will dig within the depths of any reader's soul, rip your heart out and replace it with the warm of each character held within these pages. Hemingway has an amazing way with words. He is such an eloquent writer that he draws you in and makes you feel as though you were there in the hills with these people. One passage in particular stands out to me. The scene culminates in a bombing and the description of the ground rolling underneath the character is so intense and so vivid that you believe the ground has rolled under you as well. Hemingway's voice is astounding. His writing style is...what can you say? How can you adequately put into words how much a book has touched you? Affected you? Engaged you? Does the thesaurus contain words and descriptions strong enough? Bold enough to give justice to the magnitude of feelings and emotions this book evoked within me? Still days after I closed the back flap over the last page...if I think about it too much I'm right back there. Right back in the mountains. On that hilltop. Waiting. Now, I couldn't remember the name of this book when I first started reading it. However, now I don't believe I will ever forget the title of this stunningly magnificent novel. This journey through the mountains of Spain is not one that you should miss. I highly recommend you immerse yourself in the lives of these people as soon as you can. You will not regret it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
If one test of great art is to feel intimate connection with its creator, FOR WHOM THE BELL TOLLS is without question a work of genuine greatness. Some reviewers have noted here that the work seems light and slow before gaining the gripping force it eventually conveys. I had a similar experience. I found the love affair silly and Robert Jordan's thoughts constrained by a hyper-masculine, military world-view. And yet, as the novel progressed, I found myself absolutely gripped by and in awe of the force of Ernest Hemingway's literary self. It's like being possessed by a powerful element, like wrestling a giant, A real 'WOW' experience. It's the real stuff.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Perhaps the best American novel of the twentieth century. Hemingway uses his simplistic styles to reveal the complex, disturbing nature of war. Uses wonderful techniques to describe the feelings of a man at war. An outstanding novel in every sense. And most of all the ending beautifully conveys the portrait of loss, pain, and sacrifice.
Anonymous 9 months ago
Once I got used to Hemmingway's style of internal debate with himself, I realized I did it all their time myself. In For whom they Bell Tolls he works this masterfully. War IS hell and Earnest H. testifies to it here,
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A slow read but powerful in its accumulation of stunning images and raw nerve ends. It is a brilliant conclusion that confirms a sum greater than its parts.
geo0 More than 1 year ago
Unbelievable. A censored war novel.
HairyOldMan More than 1 year ago
As an avid & lifelong reader, who, work allowing reads 2+ books per week, I can honestly say this book is my favorite piece of fiction. As someone else mentioned, this is English at its best, concise & simple, but creating vivid scenes that draw the reader in. As something of a history nerd, I should note that Hemingway does an amazing job of encapsulating all of the causes / reasons for Republican Spain's eventual defeat at the hands of the nationalists. If you only read one Hemingway novel, this should be it.
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This version has many glitches that are terribly distracting. It frequently opens blank, or alternatively, it won't flip to the next page. You have to power-off to get it to respond, and even then it is slow to flip the page, look up a word, or any other Nook functions. The lines and spacing are a mess and changing font/size does not help. Plus it is censored I just learned from another review (don't know why I accepted this-- I guess I thought it might be due to the era in which it was written.) There was no clear warning that this was a "clean" version, or I would never have bought it. I feel ripped off.
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