Though Hemingway can be intimidating, he’s one of those classic authors that should not be missed. True, his male characters are domineering and his female characters often lack the punch we’ve come to expect from modern writers, but if you can accept these truths, his works drive home the realities of everyday life, of love, of war, and of the search for oneself. For Whom the Bell Tolls, often considered one of his greatest works, is no exception. The novel tells the story of Robert Jordan, an American volunteer in the Spanish Civil War, and his fast-paced romance with the young Maria. Hemingway’s stark prose serves only to highlight the horrors of war, and the gruesome realities of human nature; For Whom the Bell Tolls requires a strong stomach, a bit of patience and a box of tissues, but it is one of the finest war novels every written.
Oh, and also, this puts me one step closer to completing my 26 by 26 list.
For Whom the Bell Tolls | Ernest Hemingway | Scribner | 1940 | 480 pages | Buy from an independent near you