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For Whom the Bell Tolls by Ernest Hemingway

Summary
  1. Story of Robert Jordan who is in Spain during the Spanish Civil War helping the republic guerrilla unit’s efforts
Key Takeaways
  1. Good insight into war, interesting dialogue
What I got out of it
  1. Not much, don’t think it compares to The Old Man and the Sea or The Sun Also Rises but gives a great feel into Spain and war at this time

The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway

Summary

  1. One of the most famous books about the Lost Generation – the post-WWI generation who faced disillusionment after witnessing the atrocities of that war.
Key Takeaways
  1. Enjoying living was learning to get your money’s worth and knowing when you had it
  2. Known for its description of the aimless generation – after WWI people had no basis for morality and led a sad and meaningful life and trying to escape it through drinking or debauchery
  3. Themes – male insecurity, destructiveness of sex, failure of communication, false friendships
  4. Characters – Jake Barnes, Robert Cohn, Lady Brett Ashley, Bill Gorton, Mike Campbell, Pedro Romero
What I got out of it
  1. Interesting book to read as it gives what seems to be a very clear view into the lives of this lost generation.

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