For Whom the Bell Tolls by Ernest Hemingway

Written by Gracie Cooper. Posted in Books

To consider this book For Whom the Bell Tolls by Ernest Hemingway just a novel of war would be a big mistake. Because an important part of the book is devoted to the relationship between Maria and Robert Jordan, to the love that is born between them and their attempt to adapt in a world they are forced to live. The fatality of this love is that it takes place at the wrong time and place. The impossibility of the characters to detach from the present becomes the leitmotif of their love.

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The book begins and ends with Robert Jordan, alone, lying in a pine forest. This image gives the war a hint of endless event that is repeated obsessively. Although a large-scale novel, For Whom the Bell Tolls is a very compressed work in terms of time, space and characters. It is a very exciting and dynamic reading, covering a large diversity of topics: war, love, loyalty, sacrifice, ideology and death. It is a good book that should not miss from the library of any lover of books.