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For Whom the Bell Tolls

By Barbara Schultz, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Profound novel offers brutal view of Spanish Civil War.

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age 16+

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age 18+


At first I was very interested. The middle started boring a blank into me... no longer interested.
age 13+

Classic read about the brutality of war

Brilliant classic set amongst the tragedy that was the Spanish civil war.

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Educational value
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FOR WHOM THE BELL TOLLS is a rich, complex novel about the Spanish Civil War. Hemingway offers several points of view into the tragic events -- from Jordan's personal memories of his family, which explain the man he is and wants to be, to the inner workings of the Communist Party members in Madrid, to soldiers on the battlefield -- creating an enormously effective and multifaceted picture of what the war did to individuals. This is a profound novel, on a grand scale -- just as upsetting and confusing and sad as it should be.

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