Monthly Meetup: For Whom the Bell Tolls (Changed from To Kill a Mockingbird)

  • April 8, 2013 · 7:00 PM
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In 1937 Ernest Hemingway traveled to Spain to cover the civil war there for the North American Newspaper Alliance. Three years later he completed the greatest novel to emerge from "the good fight," For Whom the Bell Tolls. 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.

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  • Rosemary T.

    My first meeting; congenial group. Plan to continue to attend.

    1 · April 9, 2013

  • Janet M.

    just joined and haven't read the book in a long, long time. Hopefully the next meeting. thanks, Janet

    April 8, 2013

  • Marian B.

    So sorry I can't make it - have to head to MN for a week. Jim, thanks for inviting me - I was looking forward to that book! See you next month!

    April 7, 2013

    • Jim C.

      Well, have a great trip. We will miss you. See you next month.

      April 8, 2013

  • Marian B.

    Sorry can't make it this week!

    April 7, 2013

  • Ron R

    It's a very good book - so far. I just haven't gotten far enough.

    April 7, 2013

  • Heather

    too late notice, made other plans. see you another time

    April 7, 2013

  • Meghan

    :(

    April 7, 2013

  • Rosemary T.

    This will be my first meeting. Do members also dine at Olive Garden or just talk?

    April 1, 2013

    • Melissa

      Members dine if they wish. Generally separate checks are requested and Olive Garden is really good about doing that.

      April 1, 2013

  • Carrel K

    sorry to miss this Jim, but I have a meeting conflict. Have fun!

    April 1, 2013

  • Jim C.

    Melissa, I can lead the discussion on this date. Book will be Hemingway's "For Whom the Bell Tolls" at the Olive Garden at 7 pm.

    March 13, 2013

    • Melissa

      oops! Sorry Jim! I did not see this before I set the meetup. I'll change it now. Sorry!

      March 13, 2013

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