SparkNotes: For Whom The Bell Tolls: Plot OverviewDuring the Spanish Civil War — , Spain became a battleground in the fight between freedom and fascism. Fascism prevailed. It is a story about a young American volunteer in the International Brigades, named Robert Jordan, who is attached to an anti-fascist guerrilla unit in the mountains of Spain. All of life—hope, fear, and love—plays out in three days of intense action. Though entirely a work of fiction, it transports you to that time and place so that you feel as though you have experienced it yourself. It is also simply a great story. An ardent lover of Spain since his first visit there, when he was twenty-four, to see the bullfights at Pamplona in , Hemingway followed the Spanish conflict from its inception.
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For Whom the Bell Tolls
As a dynamiter, he is assigned to blow up a bridge during an attack on the city of Segovia. It was published just after the end of the Spanish Civil War — , whose general lines were well known at the time. It assumes the reader knows that the war was between a democratically elected, pro-working-class and anti-Catholic government , which many foreigners like Robert went to Spain to help, and a successful, dictatorial, Catholic, pro-landowner revolt , supported by Nazi Germany and Fascist Italy. It was commonly viewed as the dress rehearsal for the Second World War. In , the year the book was published, the United States had not yet entered the war, which had begun on Sept. Set in the Sierra de Guadarrama mountain range between Madrid and Segovia, the action takes place during four days and three nights. For Whom the Bell Tolls became a Book of the Month Club choice, sold half a million copies within months, was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize, and became a literary triumph for Hemingway.
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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 attached to an antifascist guerilla unit in the mountains of Spain, it tells of loyalty and courage, love and defeat, and the tragic death of an ideal. In his portrayal of Jordan's love for the beautiful Maria and his superb account of El Sordo's last stand, in his brilliant travesty of La Pasionaria and his unwillingness to believe in blind faith, Hemingway surpasses his achievement in The Sun Also Rises and A Farewell to Arms to create a work at once rare and beautiful, strong and brutal, compassionate, moving and wise. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Want to Read saving…. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Other editions.
He had visited Spain again during the summer of after the overthrow of the monarchy. He predicted the civil war would begin in , and when it erupted in , Hemingway began writing and making speeches to raise funds for the Loyalist cause. In reality, the Spanish Civil War was the first battleground for World War II, testing the forces of Nazism, Communism, and Fascism against either the republican or royal form of government. Many young men from the United States and other countries joined the Spanish Loyalist forces in defense of democratic ideals in a war that was won by the dictator, Francisco Franco. Since that war has tended to slip into the dimness of the shadow cast by World War II, the following review of historical and biographical background should clarify a number of things pertinent to the novel.