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.
"If the function of a writer is to reveal reality," Maxwell Perkins wrote Hemingway after reading the manuscript, "no one ever so completely performed it." Greater in power, broader in scope, and more intensely emotional than any of the author's previous works, it stands as one of the best war novels of all time.
©1952 Ernest Hemingway; (P)2006 Simon & Schuster Inc. AUDIOWORKS is an imprint of Simon & Schuster Audio Division, Simon & Schuster, Inc.
"This is the best book Ernest Hemingway has written, the fullest, the deepest, the truest. It will, I think, be one of the major novels in American literature." (The New York Times Book Review)
The performance was dull, monotonous, and painful to listen to. After the 20th chapter, hours I will never get back, I had to make it stop. I couldn't tell if it story, or the performance that was boring, but doesn't matter. Horrible experience.
Meh, well written, interesting, and likely a very accurate depiction of life during guerrilla conflicts, but also a little tedious and dream of at times.
this was the very first Hemingway I have ever listened to. the narrator did a fantastic job. I will admit, I feel for Robert Jordan :)
Was expecting so much more. Hemingway's life apparently much more interesting than his writing. Got half way and just couldn't muscle through it. Truly boring.
Reading this leaves no doubt about the greatness of Ernest Hemingway. As a native Spanish speaker I can say that his mastery of the Spanish-language end of the nuances of its expressions are truly amazing. They are dead on. His interpretation of life, love, war, idealism, goodness, evil, cruelty and compassion are spellbinding. This is must reading for every human being. I don't think there has been another man like Hemingway. And, by the way, you'll be surprised to know that I hate communist.
I live in Columbia Maryland not Columbia Moldova! I haven't turned into a Groucho Marx character yet.
Compassionate, brutal. wise--in sum unflinching realism. War is used as stage to explore the perineal issues ending in mystery.
A better ending and story.
The narrator was fine.
Disappointment and confusion on why this is considered a great book. It was quite horrible at the end.
Never reading Hemingway again.
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