For Whom the Bell Tolls

For Whom the Bell Tolls

Audiobook CD - 2006 | Unabridged.
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Hemingway's classic novel of the Spanish Civil WarIn 1937 Ernest Hemingway traveled to Spain to cover the civil war; three years later he completed the greatest novel to emerge from "the good fight,"For Whom the Bell Tolls. The story of Robert Jordan, a young American in the International Brigades, it tells of loyalty and courage, love and defeat, and the tragic death of an ideal. Surpassing his achievement inThe Sun Also RisesandA Farewell to Arms, Hemingway creates a work at once rare and beautiful, strong and brutal, compassionate, moving and wise. "If the function of a writer is to reveal reality," Maxwell Perkins wrote to Hemingway after reading the manuscript, "no one ever so completely performed it."For Whom the Bell Tollsstands as one of the best war novels of all time.Ernest Hemingwaydid more to change the style of English prose than any other writer in the twentieth century, and for his efforts he was awarded the Nobel Prize for literature in 1954. Hemingway wrote in short, declarative sentences and was known for his tough, terse prose. Publication ofThe Sun Also RisesandA Farewell to Armsimmediately established Ernest Hemingway as one of the greatest literary lights of the twentieth century. As part of the expatriate community in 1920s Paris, the former journalist and World War I ambulance driver began a career that lead to international fame. Hemingway was an aficionado of bullfighting and big-game hunting, and his main protagonists were always men and women of courage and conviction, who suffered unseen scars, both physical and emotional. He covered the Spanish Civil War, portraying it in fiction in his brilliant novelFor Whom the Bell Tolls, and he subsequently covered World War II. His classic novellaThe Old Man and the Seawon the Pulitzer Prize in 1953. He died in 1961.
Publisher: New York : Simon and Schuster, [2006]
Edition: Unabridged.
Copyright Date: ℗2006
ISBN: 9780743564380
Branch Call Number: Audiobook FIC Hemin
Characteristics: 16 sound discs (approximately 18 hr.) : digital ; 4 3/4 in.
Additional Contributors: Scott, Campbell - Actor


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Aug 31, 2018

Excellent narration and an excellent story. Truly a classic.

Mar 05, 2017

Campbell Scott does an excellent job!

ZanathShadow14 Feb 20, 2016

This book was absolutely fantastic. The characters were three-dimensional and I felt for them, even the ones I barely knew. I was also extremely impressed with the many love scenes. Writers used to be very good at implying exactly what they wanted to imply, without being explicit, which would make the book unreadable for anyone with a decent level of morality. Most authors today have lost that talent, or simply do not care, because, sadly, the more explicit it is, the better our culture seems to like it.
It is true that the descriptions could be rather plodding, and this might have been a rather tedious book to read, but Campbell Scott gives an excellent performance and that made all the difference. Truly an exceptional book; a classic for a reason.

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