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Homage to Catalonia by George Orwell. In Orwell went to Spain to report on the Civil War and instead joined the fight against homenayge Fascists. Introduction by Lionel Trilling.
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I’m not much of a real reader in the traditional sense.
I’m in a way a victim of the internet age. I say a victim because I feel I somehow suffer of short attention span. It’s just so easy and tempting to jump from an article to another newspaper clip and for the past 20 years I’m finding it rather difficult reading orwel, its entire volume a real printed book.
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I wish to read on the post civil war era in Spain. Allan MacLeod Regarding the first part of your question: Turn your phone on silent and leave it in your vatalunya while you read.
Make regular meditation and mindfulness a habit so that you can take ten minutes to clear your mind of static when necessary. Also, I find that my e-reader is a more comfortable and ergonomically pleasing way to read especially for heavier volumes that ultimately reduces distractions while I read and lets me read longer, more often, and in more places.
Any other recommendations of books similar to an honest reportage on WW1, WW2 etc.?
Homage to Catalonia
I deliberately suggest novels heavily influenced by authors experiences as I’m yet to find well balanced book caatlunya WW2. Zuckerman’s “A Surplus of Memory” isn’t too bad, but it’s more of memoirs than documentary account. Finally, I think that Heller’s “Catch” isn’t too far removed from reality as well.
Let me know when you find other readworthy books. See all 4 questions about Homage to Catalonia…. Lists with Hhomenatge Book. Aug 15, Bill Kerwin rated it really liked it Shelves: This book is justly famous for its disillusioned account of how the Communist Party—in its eagerness to defeat Franco–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 are poor, ma This book is justly famous for its homdnatge account of how the Communist Party—in its eagerness to defeat Franco–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 are poor, marksmanship is worse, and the lack of food, matches and candles is more important than any threat by the enemy.
In spite of the generally poor marksmanship, however, Orwell did manage to get himself shot in the neck, and his first-hand account of what it is like to be wounded is vivid and completely absorbing.
The only thing that keeps this book from being superb is its detailed discussion of each of the various left-wing parties and their responsibility—or lack of responsibility–for the internecine battles on the streets of Barcelona that contributed to the subsequent purges, arrests, and imprisonments. Orwell clearly realizes that this account may be a problem for his narrative, for he apologizes for its length, arguing that previous accounts in the international press have been so deceptive that it has become necessary to set the record straight.
Now, however, more than seventy-five years later, such a precise accounting is indeed unnecessary–at least for the general reader–and Orwell’s book suffers as a result. View all 13 comments.
Aug 03, Stephen rated it it was amazing. For students, here cataluya politics is explained. 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. That aspect of the book is dense when one first encounters it.
No doubt about it. This is not Orwell’s fault because he explains it about as clearly as it could be explained. I think the problem arises in part out of the simplistic preconceptions about the Spanish Civil War that we bring to the book even now. Orwell is still trying to get us straightened out in our thinking. Far be it from me to orwelll as if I am trying to be helpful to Orwell.
The distinction is simply this. Stalinists placed the interests of the Soviet Union first and foremost. The ideals of socialism held a very distant second place to that.
In fact it was Leon Trotsky’s view, simplistically put, that Stalinists really did not give a shit about international socialist ideals at all and in fact considered them anathema. In those few instances where that substitution would lead to an inaccurate reading, the context will clearly tip you off.
It was in the vital interest of the Soviet Union at the time to have strong alliances with capitalist democracies for the purposes of its own defense. The Spanish Republic, the government that Franco was cataalunya to overthrow by military coup, was a capitalist democracy. Another capitalist democratic ally is exactly what the Stalinists wanted in Spain.
They did not homenwtge a revolution, be it anarchist or socialist. It was the Stalinists who were truly defending the existing capitalist democracy. Obviously, the Stalinsts also deeply appreciated that a Franco government in Spain would not be an ally of the Soviet Union. Therein is where the three-way aspect of this conflict comes in. Contemporaneously, with the hostilities between the army and the established Republic, the anarchists and labor groups started a true left-wing revolution that ultimately would have done away with the Republic, a capitalist democracy.
The tricky aspect of the situation arose out of grim necessity. Cataluya true left-wingers, the anarchists and labor groups who were in the midst of staging their revolution, and their enemies homenagge Stalinists were forced into an extremely uneasy cooperative effort in fighting Franco.
Had there been no Franco, the Spanish Civil War would have been a two-way conflict between the left-wing anarchists and labor groups on one side and the capitalist democratic Republic and Stalinists on the other.
I have read these sections of the book many times in order to get this through my head, but I gladly stand ready to hmoenatge corrected on any of it. The lesson of the book, by the way, is: Pay attention to politics. Politics can get you killed. View all 14 comments. He knew at some point that the war would be lost, and that both sides in caatalunya had major issues, flaws and most of all a g “If you had asked me orwel, I had joined orwll militia I should have answered: He knew at some point that the war would homenatgd lost, and that both sides in it had major issues, flaws and most of all a great deal of confusion hidden underneath excruciatingly stupid and dishonest propaganda.
And yet he fought, for a lost cause, because NOT fighting for human decency was not an option. Obviously, being a teacher is a positive experience, whereas his was a massive trauma, and I don’t by any means intend to compare teaching to homenqtge a soldier. But the mindset of an idealist is the same, – a vague sense orweol having to do the right thing no matter how tired and frustrated one feels, how badly it pays, and how much aggression one faces.
As always, Orwell manages to highlight the human condition in the mess, both the cowardice and the bravery, the hatred and the love, the destructive powers and the binding culture. Reading Homage To Catalonia is a key to understanding how much love for humankind is hidden underneath the political satire in and Animal Farm, and in his essays against nationalism.
Because he cared, he was angry. I can relate to that! View all 16 cztalunya. The first edition was published in the United Kingdom in Sep 26, Catxlunya rated catalinya really liked it Shelves: Homage to Catalonia has the distinction of being on my mental to-read list for longer than any other book. I’ve wanted to read this book longer than any of the cataluyna who elbowed or punched me in the face this week have been alive. I figured after almost twenty and half years I should finally read it.
I’ve owned the book for over a decade. I have no clue what book now currently holds the distinction book I’ve owell to read for the longest time but haven’t.
When I was a senior in high school 1. When I was a senior in high school I wrote a paper for a friend of mine on this book, he was a year older and a freshman at Fordham. I had been visiting him, and he needed to write a paper on this book. I’m not sure if he read it or not. I dictated the paper to him, highlighting the ideological differences between the two groups and why the Communists would turn on the Anarchists.
Prior to the evening that we did this I don’t know if I had ever really known anything about the Spanish Civil War. I don’t remember having ever really learned anything in school or had read anything about Anarchism or Communism beyond what we learned growing up in the waning and thawing days of the Cold War, not necessarily the most objective facts being passed on to young minds.
I babbled on about the differences between these two ideologies. My friend typed and gave me some bits he knew or remembered from the book to get my reaction to them.