Another month seems to have passed so quickly and I'm back with another review for the
Artful Readers Club.
This month I read For Whom The Bells Toll by Ernest Hemingway.
We picked up this book while holidaying in Key West last summer (best holiday ever !!!!) and we visited Hemingway's home.
|Boys in garden at Hemingway's House Key West, August 2012|
I really wasn't looking forward to reading it as Martyn read it first and said that it was one of the most boring books he has ever read. So it did take me two attempts to start, first time was right at he start of the year and I only got to chapter 5,but I decided to bite the bullet and finished it as I didn't want it hanging over me until December.
Surprisingly, I love it!!
The main plot is of Robert Jordan's work to help the Spanish resistance blow up a bridge to stop the fascist movement, but I was caught up in the love story between Jordan and Maria. I particularly like when Jordan went off into his dreamworld of how things would be after the war was over and the communists won.
|Mountains where the group hid out|
Sometimes it felt that the main story was a little lost in the memories of Pablo and what happened in his village before the war but I admired his strong minded wife Pilar (or the 'woman of Pablo', as she often refered to) who seemed to be the only person who could keep him under control.
The narrative writing style was a bit difficult to get into at the start but I soon enjoyed the flow once the love story was brought in.
I'm glad that I did read it and will probably read most Hemingway in the future.