For Whom the Bell Tolls by Ernest Hemingway
Saturday, December 5, 2009 9:00:00 PM
A powerful and emotive novel about the involvement of a International Corp dynamiter named Robert Jordan in the Spanish Republican Army during the Spanish Civil War. My footsteps have crossed Hemingway's in many places, Montana, Idaho, Valencia and so I felt a special connection with this novel. A profile in passion, loss, trust and betrayal Hemingway does an amazing job with maintaining suspense in the novel. I enjoyed the theme of how open we are to life when we realize that our time is limited. That in three days we can love a lifetime, confide trust and forge alliances that we aren't normally open to was inspiring to me. Most interesting was Hemingway's free form prose during Robert and Maria's passionate scenes together. He piles adjectives upon adjectives like a train piles box cars when it derails, impossible to look away, a complete breakdown, but very real and very Hemingway.