For Whom the Bell Tolls Essay

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In the following essay, Buckley examines the historical background of Ronda in order to understand Hemingway's fictional depiction of revolution staged there in For Whom the Bell Tolls.

Ronda sits perched in the hills of southern Spain, halfway between Seville and Malaga. Its dramatic setting, hanging on the cliffs above a river splitting the town in two, has inspired poets and artists for generations, most notably Rainier Maria Rilke. It is therefore not surprising that Hemingway should have chosen Ronda as a destination during his first visit to Spain in 1923. Carlos Baker tells the story:

The night life of Seville was boring to Hemingway.
They watched a few flamenco dances, where broadbeamed
women snapped their fingers to the music of
guitars. . . "Oh for Christ's sake" he kept saying,
"more flamingos!" He could not rest until Bird and
McAlmon agreed to go on to Ronda. It was even better...




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