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The Forging of a Rebel

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This book is a facsimile reprint and may contain imperfections such as marks, notations, marginalia and flawed pages.
Paperback, 748 pages
Published March 1st 2007 by Kessinger Publishing (first published January 1st 1941)
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Originally three books, "The Forge", "The Track", and "The Clash," Barea’s memoirs combined become a more sweeping and complete account of the politically legendary Spanish Civil War.

It is first though, an autobiography; a personal account of Spain through the eyes of a child who comes of age as a soldier, an intellectual, a worker, and a man. The writer also tells a story that is both beautiful and informative, poetically weaving the sights, sounds and smells of the lands he was raised, amid t
Nov 26, 2010 Pippa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I lent this to an elderly couple and they thought it was rather brutal, but it covers Spanish history in the twentieth century - a brutal period - and it is written by an intelligent man who nevertheless accepts a lot of things about his culture. It is beautifully written and very well translated. I absolutely loved it.
Nov 11, 2014 Rick rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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The Forging of a Rebel was always imagined by its Spanish author as a single ambitious work. However, it was first published in England, where Barea was living in exile, as three separate volumes: The Forge (1941), The Track (1943) and The Clash (1946). Arturo Barea’s hope was to present for European and American readers a personal, but pointedly Spanish view of the Spanish Civil War. Franco, a fascist on the Mussolini model and a ruthlessly competent military leader, accepted critical aid from ...more
Aug 28, 2011 Laura rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Hacía mucho tiempo que quería leer esta obra. Creo que es una de las pocas novelas de la guerra civil escritas en su momento o en las primeras décadas posteriores que aún no había leído. Otra que quiero hincar el diente es Crónica del alba de R.J.Sénder. Además, como me perdí la adaptación televisiva no conozco el argumento y aún tengo la intriga de preguntarme qué va a pasar a continuación.
De momento sólo he leído la primera parte, "La forja", que se centra en la infancia y adolescencia de Artu
Dec 31, 2015 Gurldoggie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An astounding book. A coming of age story from a world that existed less than 100 years ago, but has completely disappeared. The true story of a smart and sensitive young man caught up in the historical forces that laid waste to Spain in the 1930's. Rich with historical details, this book also reads like a wondrous tale of one boy's vividly remembered life and times. I can't recommend it highly enough.
Jonathan yates
Jun 23, 2011 Jonathan yates rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The first 4/5s of this book are a very traditional coming of age story mixed with the politics of the time, very well written, very compelling and better than many because it explores more angles than many, the character is not always a socialist, he's in the army, he's friends with the "man" but as the story progresses he becomes a revolutionary
the last 1/5 of the book is amazing as it tears apart everything this man believes in, loves and leaves him more human than most writers will ever be
Feb 06, 2008 anna rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A valuable book for what it has to say about 20th century Spain and their Civil War, but very long. And not quick-long, like a typically bloated Stephen King novel, but LONG-long. Plodding-long. Very plodding. Did I mention it's long and takes a while to read?

Arturo Barea was a Spaniard born to a low-class washerwoman around the turn of the 20th century, yet raised by a well-off uncle in a bourgeois Madrid environment, setting him up for a unique role as an outsider to both castes: too snobby fo
Dec 28, 2016 Ray rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Bought in Skoob books in 1987 or 1988 as part of a three volume autobiography. Bought mainly due to having read somewhere that The Clash were named by Joe Strummer after the third volume (also the Clash). I am not sure now if this is true as I have read other creation myths for the band name.

Worth a read if you want to understand the origins for this WW2 prequel.
Sam Schulman
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Feb 06, 2016 Os rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have many things to say about this wonderful book, though I will cut myself short.

I grabbed what turned out to be a first edition book from a popular second hand bookstore in Sydney owned by a Marxist who passed away some years now. The title immediately pulled me in, and I grabbed it and purchased it without knowing who the author was or its specific contents.

If you are looking at understanding the mechanics of the Spanish Civil War then this book will come in handy only if you supplement it
El Lector Enmascarado
Decir que hay que leer La forja de un rebelde para entender la Historia de España en el siglo XX es convertirlo —con la mejor de las intenciones— en un manual for dummies, algo que la trilogía de Barea está muy muy muy lejos de ser. Se trata de un ejercicio excepcional de autobiografía, pero de autobiografía social, como explica el autor en uno de los textos que abren Palabras recobradas. Lo que allí viene a decir es que no le interesaba recuperar cualquier tipo de anécdotas o de hechos más o me ...more
Guillermo Arribas
Nov 18, 2015 Guillermo Arribas rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It's a three part book, I'd suggest first "The Forge", unless you are really into the Spanish Civil War. Reading the three in a row you get a great sense of how he changes as a writer. The final part of the trilogy "The Clash" is very interesting, he gives in-depth accounts of the progress of the siege of Madrid, the politics behind the Spanish Civil War, and the precursors for WWII, but his focus is on this romance he creates with his second wife Ilsa.
Iván Muñoz García
A surprising book. A masterpiece of historic novel mixed with auto-biography, The Forging Of A Rebel takes us to the lifestyle, customs, politics and wars of Spain from the beginning of the 20th century to 1939. This book is fresh, addictive and beautiful and, after more than 1000 pages you wish there would be another few thousands.
Aug 04, 2011 Tuck rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: spain
a huge book in ideas, story telling ability, heartbreak of civil war, fascism, and capitalists. fairly rare book and i haven't been able to find the other two of this trilogy. a must must book for any Spanish civil war readers/scholars
Jan 03, 2009 Richard rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone
Recommended to Richard by: Michael Eaude
While visiting Madrid recently, I finished "The Forge," the first volume in this trilogy. I loved it. I would recommend it to anyone interested in what life was like for the poor in Spain prior to the Civil War. Barea writes brilliantly from the point of view of the child he was.
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Arturo Barea nació en Badajoz el 20 de septiembre de 1897. Su padre trabajaba en el servicio de reclutamiento y murió a los 34 años. Su madre y hermanos se trasladaron a Madrid donde ella trabajó de lavandera. Barea fue educado al principio por unos tíos acomodados (su madre y hermanos siguieron con su vida humilde), pero al morir también el tío, dejó los estudios a los trece años. Trabajó de apre ...more
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