Loved For Whom the Bell Tolls, but honestly that could be as much down to my interest in the SCW as much as anything else. Seemed like a great narrative to me though. The relationship between Pilar and the male leader of the squad always stuck with me for some reason. I think I found it very realistically human in a lot of ways.
I also really enjoyed A Farewell to Arms. Again, it was about a period of history I was studying at the time, but I remember it being very moving. If you haven’t tried that one yet I’d recommend it.
Then again, I quite like dialogue, so probably best to ignore me on this one.
I’m 5/6th through the doc, enjoying it, it’s fairly well made and sensitive in the right places
Not actually a huge fan of his writing- Old man and the sea I remember as being quite poetic and haunting, but I found the Sun also rises exceptionally tedious. Think Fitzgerald does the American ennui so much better.
There’s a great quote from Carson McCullers saying something like:
I have more to say than Hemingway and can damn well say it better than Faulkner.
Hemingway himself is simultaneously quite fascinating and a completely predictable bore. There’s a good book by Olivia Laing discussing 6 classic American writers, all who fell prey to alcoholism.
Think it was in A Moveable Feast where you see this most conspicuously as well - the way he made Fitzgerald seem like a baby he constantly had to oversee was pretty transparent in its motives. Not to mention all the other peers he trashed. I do like his novels though!
This is the only one I’ve read. I did actually have a copy of A Farewell To Arms that I thought made it to Aus but clearly not.
Anyway, I enjoyed For Whom the Bell Tolls for the reasons you stated but also he had a way of writing the English prose when they were speaking Spanish that really was somehow different. Not sure what he did exactly but I guess maybe he was sort of going ‘lightly Yoda’ in the grammar. Whatever it was you definitely felt like those bits were in another language and I really appreciated that subtlety.
Also in direct answer to @bugduv I don’t recall it being loads of dialogue and actually thought of it as quite an action-packed story, TBH.
i’ve read a couple of his novels but remember hardly anything about them afterwards. i think i struggle to get invested in that really disconnected 20th century American male writer style where it’s just like “Then this happened. Then this happened. John said “Shit.” I sighed. I lit another cigarette.” just really boring tbh.
i read a few of his short stories once it kinda worked better in that format though.