Classic Tails Vol. 1 – “For Whom The Bell Tolls”

Classic Tails Vol. 1 – “For Whom The Bell Tolls” has been revised for dog lovers.

“For Whom The Bell Tolls” is a good war action story written by a human named Ernest Hemingway. In this superb novel, an American dog joins a band of armed gypsies fighting in the Spanish Civil War. He sincerely believes that one dog can make a difference in the war. The dog is soon given the task of finding a way to blow up a key bridge situated behind enemy lines. No small job for someone with no opposable thumbs. But he doesn’t let a small thing like that stop him from his appointed duty.

As this heroic epic unfolds, he also falls in love with Maria, a beautiful Spanish-bred female dog fond of wearing bright red flamenco skirts.

The book opens with our hero dog lying on the “pine-needled floor of the forest” and closes as he feels his heart pounding against the “pine needle floor of the forest”; he ends as he begins. While lying amidst the pine needles, he keeps wishing he had some Winston’s Digest All to alleviate the gas, bloating, and flatulence he was experiencing from the nasty meal he’d been served by some guy claiming to be the cook.

Three crucial days in the dog’s life force him to question his own role in a pointless war. He wonders if dying for a political cause might be a waste of life (it certainly would be a waste of MY life!), but he ultimately believes that dying to save another dog is the most heroic act a hero can perform.

The book’s title is taken from John Donne’s celebrated poem: “No man is an Island … and therefore never send to know for whom the bell tolls; It tolls for thee.” It is about the integrated fabric of all life: What happens to one dog happens to all.

“For Whom the Bell Tolls” has also been regarded as Hemingway’s submission to critics who barked that his writing style was too spare. But Hollywood loved the book and the hero dog subsequently became an even more popular canine hero on the big screen.

“For Whom the Bell Tolls” ranks as one of the great American war novels of all time. If Hemingway were still alive I am sure he would be more than pleased to write a novel starring me, Wotan, as the invincible hero of a novel.

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