Have you ever imagined stalking through a forest behind enemy lines, a carbine on your back and a mission in your head? If you have then this book is for you. Its evocative descriptions and intimate characters send you into the ambitions and highly successful plot. It all starts when Robert

Jordan, a young republican in the Spanish civil war, is sent to blow up a bridge near Segovia behind fascist lines. He stays with a rowdy, proud – but not used to action – guerrilla group and he must earn their trust and respect

Hemingway’s novel shines a light on the hard and often unbearable lives of people before the start of the movement, with one character saying “The only ways to make a living are to steal, be a bullfighter or a tenor in the opera”. The book also perfectly narrates the thoughts and feelings of the combatants and gives a personal insight into the lives of people at war.


Louis Smith-Landor

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