Tuesday, April 17, 2007

26. "For Whom the Bell Tolls" ~ Ernest Hemingway


I wish I could have given this book a fighting chance. But after reading a war-themed novel that surpassed greatness, it only took 30 pages and a lot of skimming for me to know that good old Ernest was not going to appeal to me. At least, not this time.

Filed under: to be read again later.

6 comments:

bhadd said...

That "Naked and the Dead" can "Fake it in the Head" compared with "For Whom the Bell Tolls" I say.

Later is waiting!

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Kristin Dodge said...

I must have been anticipating your comment; I put the book back on my bedside table.

"Go Tell It On the Mountain" is proving to be a good palate cleanser. I'll be more open to Papa H. now.

John said...

Go Tell it On the MOuntain I found very poignant and an insight into a whole world I wouldn't have discovered without reading.

I'm right with you Kristin on For Whom the Bell Tolls. I found it really hard going despite finishing it. I thought the film was awful too actually. Maybe I need to reread it when I'm older and wiser...

Rachael said...

Look at you -- so blog experienced! Over at the TaTas, we probably look pretty hokey!

Heather said...

I'll say go back to For Whom the Bell Tolls. No one writes like that any more.

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Edwin Hesselthwite said...

I adore, adore Hemingway. "The Sun Also Rises", "A Farewell To Arms" and "Across The River and Into The Trees" are three of the best love stories (by men for men) I have ever read... The male focused love story (the best example in the form is Graham Greene's "The End Of The Affair" is a massively undersupported art... And Hemmingway is one of It's greats.

His storming stories about hard living - "The Old Man And The Sea" and "To have and have not" are equally magnificent..

Why did I go on at length about these in your article? Because I love, love, love the man.. And I couldn't damn well finish "For Whom"...

God that book is slow going.