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I cannot tell you how badly this book is presented. The story is a great read and the characters are believable. But when your reading the text and it's full of typos, incorrect words (there are a lot of Spanish words which are either completely misspelled or broken up in to two words, rendering the book very poor to read) there are also random gaps on most of the kindle pages and huge variations in the font, for example on every couple of pages there's a huge word totally out of place. Do not buy this book on kindle, for sure buy the paper/hardback. It's worth every penny. I actually returned mine it was so depressing to read such a bad typed edition.
Hemingway's storytelling is, of course, superb and I really enjoyed reading this book. But I bought the Kindle edition, which had clearly been created from a printed edition by a scan of all the pages. However, it had not been proofread thereafter so that there was spurious text and typos where the scan had been less than perfect. This spoilt the reading experience a bit but not enough for me to abandon the book. The situation probably reflects the low price I paid, but disappointing nonetheless.
This is the worst book I have ever read. I don’t understand why it is so revered. As a comment on the Spanish civil war it is almost irrelevant. The characters are boring and the style of writing seems like it was written in English by a Spaniard with little understanding of English gramatical construction.
Why is this even on here? It’s absolutely full of typos and as someone else pointed out the typesetting is off. That I can handle but the typos are out of control. Looking down at other Hemingway titles by Amazon they’ve even got one where there’s a typo in the TITLE of the novel?!!!
A magnificent novel. As in his other novels, it is a many years since I first read this masterpiece. The action is better than "A Farewell to Arms" and it moves swiftly and surely to the inevitable climax. Hemingway is a master at the juxtaposition of high tragedy and the heights of love and passion without losing the touch of ordinariness. Mind you the nobility of leaving the normality of life and going to fight another people's battles no longer computes with me - after the slaughter of WWI, WWII was considerably more significant in that evil men were aimed at doing evil things to the whole world, and they were stopped. The chips were down, for sure. scene was bigger, for sure. Even Viet Nam was obscene as I think the stuff about creeping communism was all rot - what the Vietnamese wanted was their country back and the US intervention was politically stupid and militarily hopeless, in that the US found itself dragged into a war where you couldn't tell the enemy from the friend and the ground of mainland Asia was the wrong place to fight a land war. It dragged the whole country down along with those who gave everything.
This and Hemingway's other similar stories are grand and sometimes successful attempts to show that our personal intervention in making these events as a crusade for goodness and democracy. One has to be very careful which ones you buy into as nothing may change - Italy turned later with Mussolini's grandiose dreams into a graveyard for thousands of US, British, Canadian and Polish soldiers in what should have been a holding action for the grand event, Normandy, even though it is claimed that it diverted several divisions of German troops from the Russian Front. Similarly, when the Italians were on the Allied side in WWI, it was a side event in the greater slaughter in France and Belgium.
There is absolutely nothing glorious about tragedy in war and I think Hemingway tries to make it seem so. What is noble is the stories of individuals caught in a once-in-a-time love at a time that is not right.
The book gave me a real feel of the complexity of that era in Spain when you never really knew what allegiances people had. Also the politics were so complex that young idealistic people could be deceived by the many ulterior motives of the so called leaders - often to their deaths! It reminds us that the young as today are often drawn to causes that don't always deserve their sacrifice! A wonderfully written book - as one would expect from a classic!!