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One of Ernest Hemingway’s better known works, and one of the best war novels of all time, is For Whom the Bell Tolls, a story about an American named Robert Jordan who is assigned to fight with Spanish guerrillas against Franco’s fascist forces in the Spanish Civil War. Hemingway drew material for the book from his own personal experience covering the war in 1937 for the North American Newspaper Alliance. Jordan is an experienced dynamiter who is ordered to travel into enemy territory to try to win some support from a local group of rebels to blow up a bridge. The intensely emotional story encompasses four days and three nights, providing a powerful and authentic look into the tragedy of war, and the strength of loyalty and courage. For Whom the Bell Tolls was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize.
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Ernest Hemingway is of course an amazing writer, known for his adventurous lifestyle, his love of bull fighting, and for several classics in American literature. He won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1954. Click here to learn more about Ernest Hemingway.
“How little we know of what there is to know. I wish that I were going to live a long time instead of going to die today because I have learned much about life in these four days; more, I think than in all other time. I'd like to be an old man to really know. I wonder if you keep on learning or if there is only a certain amount each man can understand. I thought I knew so many things that I know nothing of. I wish there was more time.”
- Ernest Hemingway, For Whom the Bell Tolls
INTERESTING FACTS & LINKS:
THE TOWN OF RONDA, SPAIN
The town of Ronda is likely the basis for the famous scene in the book describing the execution of Facist sympathizers thrown off a cliff. It is a spectacular city in the province of Malaga, famous for the 100+ meter deep gorge and a history dating back to the Spanish Acquisition. Learn more about Ronda from Lonely Planet.