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  1. I really struggle with Hemmingway. His writing is so dry and matter of fact. Sometimes, it's unbearable, but other times, it's strangely compelling. Can't quite put my finger on it. I enjoyed this up to the half way point, then found it to be a bit of a slog. The basic plot revolves around American, Robert Jordan, being an explosives expert in the Spanish civil war fighting against Franco's fascists. The vast majority of the book takes place in and around a cave where they're camping out in preparation for blowing up a bridge. And that's about it. There's also a romance, but that's
  2. This book takes place in familiar Alan Furst territory: Paris right before WWII, when it's clear what's coming, but most people are still trying not to think about it. "Most people" includes Cristian Ferrar, a Spanish aristocrat who has relocated his family to Paris to avoid the chaos that was Spain before and during the Civil War. When we meet him, he's folding up a newspaper and putting it back in his briefcase, "at least for the moment he would spare himself the smoke and fume of Europe on fire." He's a lawyer, working at a very conservative law firm in Paris. He gets pulled into he
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