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5.0 out of 5 stars Hemingway at his thought provking best!
For Whom The Bell Tolls is a novel of incredible intensity and power. Although the prose is relatively simple (in typical Hemingway style), it belies a work of uncompromising power, which will stay in the mind long after the reader has reached it's electrifying conclusion. Here, Hemingway gives us a number of inter-woven ideas, each of which has been argued as being the...
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3.0 out of 5 stars Spain's Civil War
This is an interesting novel, about an American man who goes to fight in the Spanish civil war, although not much actually happens. (Spoilers) He goes to the band of guerrillas who will help him blow up a bridge; they wait for a few days, and the novel is basically about what they discuss and what happens while waiting; then there's a bit of action at the end. It's not...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 15 Dec. 2014
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Fantastic novel, I just love his style of writing.
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4.0 out of 5 stars It tolls for thee, 26 Aug. 2007
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Like this book well enough with its lean Hemingwayesq style and insight into the human condition, and as with all his books, there's no extra atmosphere to get in the way. While I enjoyed this, I would recommend his "Farewell to Arms" as it is much more interesting and well-written.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Masterpiece, 13 Mar. 2015
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This is a Masterpiece of a book. A MUST read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars well worth the price, 25 May 2015
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very good read when one gets into the story.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Two Stars, 2 Dec. 2014
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Disappointed in the condition of the book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 30 Jan. 2015
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Excellent novel and great UK edition!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Easier To Read Than Its Title Implies, 15 July 2011
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This was an excellent novel. I had read the old man and the sea and I really wanted to get my teeth into a substantial piece of Hemmingway. The action is well paced and the text flows with great ease. Hemmingway shows a real lightness of touch when describing action and sensations. The flow is as gripping as a Dostoyevsky novel. This is a good thing as the action unfolds over 4 days and if novel is quite long it is easy to lose that sense of urgency. Hemmingway does and excellent job in pulling you in and getting you absorbed in the story. The novel does have some failings however, mainly to do with the inner monologues of the main character. Certainly the 1st few inner monologues' seem to confusing and hence become boring to read (they seem more akin to stream of conscious writing than anything else) and it can slow the pace of the novel down and begin to comprise the overall effect. They do get better from about the half way point though. The final inner monologue is actually very good as it made me really rethink the main charcter. Such a feat should not be under stated. The result for me was two very contrasting views of the same character one that is earnest, committed and dedicated and the other a vain needy egotist. It's a good bit of writing that can inspire such opposites at the same time.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Bit of a drag, 4 April 2014
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I wanted to be the bridge by the end...some neat insights into death and machismo ideology but little else other than some Spanish profanities.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Simply...., 6 Mar. 2008
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Simply one of the best books ever written, and simply written, by a master in his prime, understated and very sensitive. Beautiful love story.
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5.0 out of 5 stars great quality, sent quickly, 26 Jan. 2015
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great quality, sent quickly
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