Picks and Pans Review: Star Picks
One thing the presidential candidates have in common: They've both cited For Whom the Bell Tolls, Ernest Hemingway's classic novel about the Spanish Civil War, as an all-time favorite. What's up with that? "It's a book about war and a love story," says Hemingway scholar Susan Beegel, "and it's about giving one's life for a greater cause. That would appeal to people who've chosen lives of service." No matter what party they happen to be in. Notes Beegel: "It's also one of Fidel Castro's favorite books."