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February 15, 2005

It Tolls for Thee...

The Fourteen-Year-Old asks if he should read Ernest Hemingway (1940), For Whom the Bell Tolls.

I cannot tell. He might be too young--and trying to read it now might spoil it for him for life. I know that I was at the perfect age--twenty-one--when I read The Magic Mountain, and that I would have been unable to get it if I had read it even three years earlier.

But he might not be too young.

Posted by DeLong at February 15, 2005 08:22 PM