For you students who have this great book imposed upon you in a syllabus, here is the best help I can give you with regard to Chapters V and XI, which are in some editions included only as Appendices.
It is interesting to note that at the outset Orwell himself was nonplussed by the alphabet soup of the political situation in Spain. At first he was at a loss when confronted with the idea of right wing communism as you probably are. It was only ...more
This book is justly famous for its disillusioned account of how the Communist Party—in its eagerness to defeat Franco's fascism--betrayed the successful anarchist experiment in Catalonia for the sake of expedience, how it executed and imprisoned its anarchist and socialist comrades for the sake of a temporary alliance with the bourgeois.
I found all this very interesting, but have to admit that the real reason I liked the book so much was for its gritty account of war on the cheap, where guns ar ...more
I've owned the book for over a decade.
I have no clue what book now currently holds the distinction book I've wanted to read for the longest time but haven't.
2. When I was a senior in high school ...more
Should anyone want to understand why George Orwell, a life long socialist, developed the antipathy to the Soviet Union which informed his best known novels Animal Farm and 1984, then this is the book to read.
When Orwell travelled to Spain in December 1936, intending to fight fascism and write about the Spanish Civil War, he stepped into a complex and murky political situation. The left-wing forces supporting the Republican government against the fascist forces led by Franco had different and co ...more
Another *FAQ* I wrote from back in the day in usenet for alt.books.george-orwell
Mr. Orwell has kindly granted me an interview regarding his book, Homage to Catalonia
B: There has been some talk about the Spanish Civil War lately, perhaps inspired by the recent movie El Laberinto del Fauno . This war was a labyrinth as well: sorting out the various factions and who did what to whom certainly is quite a chore.
But first things first. Could you describe your ensemble - you are wearing some un ...more
Now, after many false starts …
In my first attempt at reviewing this, I began by saying “This is a first rate source for information … on the Spanish Civil War.” Wrong!!! It really is a very poor source of information on the SCW. Because it is on a very personal level, and is mostly seen from a very limited and narrow point of view, this is really an almost useless book for learning anything historically significant about the war.
So, let’s start over.
Why is this book so famous?
The fi ...more
This book cannot be considered an explanation of this war; it was published nine months after Orwell left Spain, and so the war was still not over. He was there from December 1936 to ...more
إن كنت منهم او كنت مثلي من الذين يشاهدون المبارايات أضطرارا وتحت وطأه الضغط الاسري او للنجاة من الغباءات الاخرى المعروضه ع شاشه التلفاز ...فمؤكد تصادف الأمر وحضرت مره نهايئات كانت تقام بين الفريق الملكي الاسباني وفريق برشلونه ...
إن كنت كذلك فأهنيك لقد تابعت النسخه الرياضيه من الحرب الاهليه الاسبانيه
ربما الحرب الأهليه واحده من المعضلات في التاريخ الحديث عصية الفهم ...فأنت أمام ثورة حقيقيه بكل الاركان رفض حتى مؤيدوها أن ...more
While in the book of Hemingway - For Whom the Bell Tolls - the story revolves around one American member of the International Brigades, fighting alongside a democratic and republican government ; in the second book, ie, Homage to Catalonia, the story evolves around one report of Orwell cable, later promoted to lieutenant, who by in his turn fought in the Spanish Ci ...more
If this was history it did not feel like it... instead of being heroic one just had to stay at one's post, bored, dropping with sleep and completely uninterested as to what it was all about.
Orwell's straightforward style makes this memoir a particularly convincing indictment of the stupidity and senselessness of trench warfare. Soldiers huddle cold and hungry in filthy holes in the ground, occasionally taking a pot shot at a bunch of other soldiers who would be their neighbours, c ...more
And "Homage to Catalonia" makes no exception.
As someone pointed out somewhere the way Orwell understood and described Spain surpasses by far what Hemingway wrote pretty much in the same years about the same country.
But while Hemingway spent his Spanish time in a sort of cosmopolitan way drinking, waking up late, watching bullfighting, munching tapas and generally having fun (Fiesta!), Orwell was freezing in trenches, picking up cigarette ...more
True and yet not true. There is an objective true past, though it is not knowable in the entirety, only in pieces.
This is Orwell's account of his experiences fighting in the Spanish Civil War as part of the P.O.U.M., a worker's party later betrayed by Soviet secret police who infiltrated the right-leaning faction of the an ...more
A couple of burdens of ignorance to confess before we begin here. Firstly, I had no id ...more
Homage to Catalonia is the best war book I’ve ever read. It is both entertaining and honest, and has little to do with the partisan bickering that composes much of the book’s background.
Orwell went to Barcelona in 1936 to report on the Spanish Civil War. He was so struck with the progress of the workers’ revolution there, the camaraderie and the hope, that he decided this state of affairs was worth defending, and enlisted with a militia unit. His unit ...more
Orwell, who had developed a general but rather unfocused sympathy for socialism, came to Spain ...more
“When you are taking part in events like these you are, I suppose, in a small way, making history, and you ought by right...more
George’s description of Barcelona immediately after the revolution will live long in my memory – a real glimpse of a socialist utopia. Alas it was all too brief and ultimately factionalism defeats the allies as George explains later in the book.
George includes a length ...more
“I believe that on such an issue as this no one is or can be completely truthful. It is difficult to be certain about anything except what you have seen with your own eyes, and consciously or unconsciously everyone writes as a partisan”
Orwell's disillusioned account of his six months in Spain, when he volunteered to fight with the government forces during the Spanish civil war, a time when "the rights and wrongs had seemed so beautifully simple" before they seized to be, had Orwell’s salient cap...more
"26 December 1966
So sorry Charles & I have such altercations in front of you but his mind has been filled with such falsehoods! One day he will see the light! I should have got on with my case a long time ago!
How very cold it was yesterday!
I hope yo ...more
Upon arrival in Spain, Orwell is hastily trained and sent to the front. A few mon ...more
In addition to his literary career Orwell served as a a police officer with the Indian Imperia ...more