See the full list. Title: For Whom the Bell Tolls An opportunistic businessman tries to pass off a mysterious impostor as the Grand Duchess Anastasia, and she is so convincing that even the biggest skeptics believe her. A marksman is drafted in World War I and ends up becoming one of the most celebrated war heroes. At a big city Catholic school, Father O'Malley and Sister Benedict indulge in friendly rivalry, and succeed in extending the school through the gift of a building. A simple, small town man inherits a massive fortune, making him the target for scammers and publicity-seekers.
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As a dynamiter, he is assigned to blow up a bridge during an attack on the city of Segovia. It was published just after the end of the Spanish Civil War — , whose general lines were well known at the time. It assumes the reader knows that the war was between the Second Spanish Republic government, supported by the Soviet Union, which many foreigners like Robert went to Spain to help, and a successful, Nationalist faction , supported by Nazi Germany and Fascist Italy. It was commonly viewed as the dress rehearsal for the Second World War. In , the year the book was published, the United States had not yet entered the war, which had begun on Sept. Set in the Sierra de Guadarrama mountain range between Madrid and Segovia, the action takes place during four days and three nights. For Whom the Bell Tolls became a Book of the Month Club choice, sold half a million copies within months, was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize, and became a literary triumph for Hemingway. The book's title is taken from the metaphysical poet John Donne 's series of meditations and prayers on health, pain, and sickness written while Donne was convalescing from a nearly fatal illness published in as Devotions upon Emergent Occasions , specifically Meditation XVII. Hemingway quotes part of the meditation using Donne's original spelling in the book's epigraph. Donne refers to the practice of funeral tolling , universal in his time.
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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. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Want to Read saving…. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Other editions. Enlarge cover.
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