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For Whom the Bell Tolls by Ernest Hemingway
For Whom the Bell Tolls

Eelco, July 29, 2010

I've just finished reading this book and i don't know what to think of it. I feel a bit uneasy about the contempt most of the characters seen to have for their own lives. It's typical that the - in my eyes -only normal human being in the book, the gypsy Rafael, is described as "useless". The love story is a bit silly. I don't think the book is as bad as Julia PDX thinks it is, though. I don't think Hemmingway just repeats the Stalinst propaganda about the anarchists. He supports the communists because he thinks only they can win the war and the anarchists are too undisciplined for it, but it's true he defends Stalinist murders of other socialists as necessary disciplinary measures or as the fault of some individual commander(ie. Marty.) Still I loved the part in which the gypsy woman Pilar explains what a person who is about to die smells like (chapter 19).
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