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Homage to Catalonia (1938)

by George Orwell

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In 1936, George Orwell went to Spain to report on the civil war and instead joined the Worker's Party of Marxist Unity (P.O.U.M.) to fight against the Fascists. In this now justly famous account of his experience, he describes both the bleak and the comic aspects of trench warfare on the Aragon front, the Barcelona uprising in May 1937, his nearly fatal wounding just two weeks later, and his escape from Barcelona into France after the P.O.U.M. was suppressed. As important as the story of the war itself is Orwell's analysis of why the Communist Party sabotaged the workers' revolution and branded the P.O.U.M. as Trotskyist, which provides an essential key to understanding the outcome of the war and an ironic sidelight on international Communism. It was during this period in Spain that Orwell learned for himself the nature of totalitarianism in practice, an education that laid the groundwork for his great books Animal Farm and 1984.… (more)
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3.5 rounded up. This memoir won't give you much information about the history of the Spanish Civil War but it was an interesting memoir of one Orwell's experience as a fighter for the Republican army. ( )
  mmcrawford | Dec 5, 2023 |
Everything about this memoir rings true - from the shifting political winds on the Government/communist side of the Spanish Civil War, to the little details of life at war- the parasites, the sounds of artillery and bullets, the pastoral and rustic Spanish countryside.

Orwell is admired for his unfailing moral compass, unclouded by ideological allegiances. He clearly wants to do what is good and right, and is particularly attuned to the deadly ironies of radical political belief. He demonstrates heroism in his fight against the fascists, but he describes his own exploits matter-of-factly, leaving the impression that his courage was not unexceptional. He holds human beings in tender sympathy, with a special affection for the poor, the downtrodden, the working class. ( )
  jonbrammer | Jul 1, 2023 |
الرواية بديت بيها بشهر الثالث واليوم الفجر يله كملتها .. يعني 3 أشهر على رواية صفحاتها متوصل 300 صفحة .. وين المشكلة؟
بصراحة هنه مشكلتين ..
المشكلة الأولى: الامتحانات ..
المشكلة الثانية: الرواية مملة شويه .. واللي اقصده بكلمة "مملة" بالضبط أنه ما بيهه عنصر التشويق اللي يخليك متكدر تعوف الكتاب.

عموماً عندي كم ملاحظة عن الرواية احب اشاركهن:
- الرواية مكتوبة بأسلوب "وثائقي" باعتبارها سرد لأحداث حقيقية صارت بالفترة مال الحرب الأهلية الاسبانية بنهاية الثلاثينات .. وطبعاً غير هذا الكتاب هواي من اللي جنت فاهمة عن هاي الحرب واسبابها ونتائجها.
- محاولات أورويل انه يكون موضوعي بنقل الأحداث فاشلة .. انحيازه واضح للجهة اللي جان يقاتل بيها وهوه الرجل يعتذر بكذا مكان من الرواية عن هالشي.
- اكو تشابه غريب بين الطريقة اللي صارت بيها الحرب الاهلية الاسبانية وبين الوضع بالعراق حاليا .. واذا استمر هذا التشابه فأني كلش خايف من المرحلة الجاية من الحرب.
- الوصف الموجود عن الشعب الاسباني بالرواية يوضح تأثير الأصول العربية بيهم (استعمالهم المستمر لكلمة مانيانا يشبه بالضبط استعمالنا لمصطلح الله كريم).

اللي انصحهم يقرون الرواية همه الناس اللي حابين يطلعون اكثر عن مرحلة الحرب الأهلية الاسبانية أو عن الخلافات السياسية بين الأحزاب وراح ينطوها 3 نجمات مثلي .. اما البقية فالرواية بالنسبة الهم متستحق اكثر من نجمتين.
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  AdnanJCh | Feb 15, 2023 |
Without a more then general understanding of the political conflict that lead up to the spanish civil war, this book becomes a less than easy read with the constant abbreviations and name drops of important political figures witin the abbriviated political parties.

As a George Orwell appreciator it does give a good insight into his lifelong bitterness for fasicm and meanwhile it also avoids giving any romantic version of a otherwise horrible conflict. His descriptions of the front line and the constant monotony of fighting off hunger and disease more than the perils of bullets show the desperate struggle some of these poor lower class youths had to endure in the trenches. ( )
  Dior_Eluchil | Jan 8, 2023 |
Interesting book about his experience fighting in Spain, during the Civil War in the 30s.. Nitty gritty of war life and its sometime tedious side. Also gives reasons why he became disillusioned with Communism. ( )
  kslade | Dec 8, 2022 |
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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Orwell, Georgeprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Davison, Peter HobleyEditorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Edwards, BobIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Folch i Camarasa, RamonTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Johansson, IngemarTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Monicelli, GiorgioTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Nuis, AadTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Pujol, CarlosTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Romero, LuisForewordsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Symons, JulianIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Trilling, LionelIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Answer not a fool according to his folly, lest thou be like unto him. Answer a fool according to his folly, lest he be wise in his own conceit. Proverbs XXVI, 5-6
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In the Lenin Barracks in Barcelona, the day before I joined the militia, I saw an Italian militiaman standing in front of the officers' table.
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...beware of my partisanship, my mistakes of fact and the distortion inveitably caused by my having seen only one corner of events.
In war, all soldiers are lousy, at least when it is warm enough.
But I would sooner be a foreigner in Spain than in most countries. How easy it is to make friends in Spain!
The chief excitement was the arrival of Fascist deserters, who were brought under guard from the front line. Many of the troops opposite us on this part of the line were not Fascists at all, merely wretched conscripts who has been doing their military service at the time when war broke out and were only too anxious to escape.
It was the first time in my life I had fired a gun at a human being.
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This is the complete unabridged Homage to Catalonia only.  Please do not combine with abridged works or those which contain other essays, stories, etc.
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In 1936, George Orwell went to Spain to report on the civil war and instead joined the Worker's Party of Marxist Unity (P.O.U.M.) to fight against the Fascists. In this now justly famous account of his experience, he describes both the bleak and the comic aspects of trench warfare on the Aragon front, the Barcelona uprising in May 1937, his nearly fatal wounding just two weeks later, and his escape from Barcelona into France after the P.O.U.M. was suppressed. As important as the story of the war itself is Orwell's analysis of why the Communist Party sabotaged the workers' revolution and branded the P.O.U.M. as Trotskyist, which provides an essential key to understanding the outcome of the war and an ironic sidelight on international Communism. It was during this period in Spain that Orwell learned for himself the nature of totalitarianism in practice, an education that laid the groundwork for his great books Animal Farm and 1984.

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