For Whom the Bell Tolls Review
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War, while being destructive, unsettling, and violent, can in fact have its beautiful moments. At least it can when described by a literary genius such as Ernest Hemingway.

Robert Jordan, a young explosives expert working for the Spanish rebel cause, is sent into the mountains of Spain to destroy a bridge that’s occupied by fascist forces. In order to succeed, he must first befriend a rag-tag band of gypsies whose leader, Fernando, a once-great rebel commander, has all but given up hope for success.

With the help of the strong and hefty Pilar (Fernando’s wife and the real leader of the gypsies) and Anselmo (an old gypsy guide), Jordan is successful in persuading the gypsies to help him accomplish his mission. But the situation becomes far more complicated when Jordan finds himself falling in love with a beautiful gypsy girl named Maria.

For Whom the Bell Tolls is perhaps Hemingway’s style-defining novel—and certainly one of his most picturesque. The detail with which he provides the reader when describing the hills of Spain reads more like a painting than a book, and though he never strays from his short, straightforward prose, Hemmingway does put more emotion into a five-word sentence than most writers could in twenty.

This is also one book that, even during necessary pauses in action (those dreadful slow periods), maintains a romantic engagement with the reader, transforming mundane moments into solid writing by consistently uncovering the human element in each new situation.

This book is a must for any serious reading enthusiast.

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