For Whom the Bell TollsBook - 2003
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 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.
Publisher: New York : Scribner, 2003
Edition: 1st Scribner Trade pbk. ed
Branch Call Number: CF HEMINGWAY
Characteristics: 471,  pages ; 21 cm
From Library Staff
One of my favorite novels and an excellent depiction of the Spanish Civil War, with which Hemingway was personally familiar. This novel is both a love story and an ode to partisans fighting the Fascists in Spain.