This is a "comment" not a review because I didn't finish the book.
It wasn't working for me.
In the book, which takes place during the Spanish Civil War, Hemingway adopted the affectation of writing in a style that was supposed to be a direct translation of old-fashioned Castillian Spanish. I found it annoying as hell! The pacing was also too slow for me - particularly right now when I'm on over-drive.
I didn't identify or care about any of the characters - not even enough to dislike them. I was indifferent to all of them. The story has great potential IMO but I wasn't feeling it.
A couple of years ago I adopted the 50 page rule - if a book doesn't grab me by page 50 I move on.
I made it to page 65.
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