For Whom the Bell Tolls
This magnificent novel by a famous American writer tells the story of Robert Jordan, an American in the International Brigades who fights alongside anti-fascist guerrilla units in the mountains of Spain during the civil war there. It is a tale of loyalty, courage, love, and defeat, and reflects the tragic death of an ideal. The book also contains brilliant characterizations and dramatic scenes, with a strong balance of depth and intensity. Hemingway's achievement truly shines in this rare, beautiful, compassionate, moving, and wise masterpiece. It's easily one of the best war novels ever written.