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Occasionally we gave it a rifle-volley and then slipped into cover before the machine-guns could locate us. You wrote Homage to Catalonia with a certain detachment and regard for form? I have often seen an illiterate militiaman buy one of these ballads, laboriously spell out the words, and then, when he had got the hang of it, begin singing it to an appropriate tune.

Northam was a recognisable name, an actor whom, in my teens, I saw in a stage play and, to stave off potential boredom rather because of any overwhelming interest, decided to fancy for the duration and a few weeks afterwards.

Given Orwell’s insistence on precise prose, there was no filler in this book–even the chapters devoted to explaining the political lines ccatalunya the anarchists and communists and Orwell’s explanation of what he knew of the Barcelona May Days felt necessary, though he gives you the option of skipping them how many authors tell you,”yeah, you can skip this chapter because it is not Catalunay necessary for this story?

Moreover, the one step that could save the immediate situation, the arming of the workers, was only taken unwillingly and in response to violent popular clamour.

Apart from myself there was only one Englishman at the barracks, and nobody even among the officers spoke a word of French. But he was only a child, and he kept motioning with his rifle towards one of the dots, grinning homenqtge eagerly as a dog that expects a pebble to be thrown.

He makes reference to the lack of “religious feeling, in the orthodox sense,” and that the Catholic Church was, “to the Spanish people, at any rate in Catalonia and Aragon, a racket, pure and simple. Ok, enough of that!

Jun 11, Alice Poon rated it it was amazing Shelves: The Mexican cartridges xatalunya better and were therefore reserved for the machine-guns. As Orwell learns, it is not always a workers paradise – politics, internal rivalries, and power often trump ideological situations. No doubt about it. Here I can only give a brief indication vatalunya the Communist line of attack. Things Fall Apart Chinua Achebe. Several days passed and the recruits learned to march in step and spring to attention almost smartly, but if they knew which end of a rifle the bullet came out of, that was all they knew.


Thus wrote Orwell following his experiences as a militiaman in the Spanish Civil War, chronicled in Homage to Catalonia.

George Orwell: ‘Homage to Catalonia’

There was an enormous growth in the membership of the party, and the influx was largely from the middle class — shopkeepers, officials, army officers, well-to-do peasants, etc. Outside Spain few people grasped that there was a revolution; inside Spain nobody doubted it. Anarchism is deeply rooted in Spain and is likely to outlive Communism when the Russian influence is withdrawn.

The chapter ends with Orwell lamenting that even now he still is upset about losing the telescope. His unique political allegory Animal Farm was published inand it was this novel, together with the dystopia of Nineteen Eighty-Fourwhich brought him world-wide fame.

Also superb was his portrayal of political oppression, the climate of fear and backstabbing that arose during the party conflicts in Barcelona.


Between Sietamo and Alcubierre the lorry-driver lost his way this was one of the regular features of the war and we were wandering for hours in the mist. At night you could watch the lamps of our supply-lorries winding out from Alcubierre and, simultaneously, those of the Fascists coming from Zaragoza.

Propaganda would pass as truth; ‘facts’ could be manipulated. Down in caatalunya valley to the left of us I could see the greenish flash of rifles where a small party of Fascists, probably a patrol, were chipping in. He said that he just couldn’t bear to look at Kingsley Martin’s corrupt face, which, as Kingsley was lunching at an adjoining table, was unavoidable from where he had been sitting before.

In January the job of keeping a dozen raw recruits up to the mark almost turned my hair grey. In fact, perhaps the most conspicuous quality of this book is the caliber of the prose.


I say a victim because I feel I somehow suffer of short attention span. The only thing that keeps this book from being superb is its detailed discussion homnatge 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, homrnatge imprisonments.

It is less than three years since Thorez, hpmenatge Secretary of the French Communist Party, was declaring that the French workers would never be bamboozled into fighting against their German comrades 4 ; he is now one of the loudest-lunged patriots in France.

The tricky aspect of the situation arose out of grim necessity.

I now think that from any point of view it was a legitimate manoeuvre. This factual non-fiction account reads much like gripping fiction, thanks to Orwell’s fluid style of writing.

I had been made a corporal, or caboas it was called, as soon as we reached the front, and was in command of a guard of twelve men. It is as if the Orwell of Animal FarmNineteen Eighty-Four and the lister of suspect fellow-travellers for the Foreign Office thought that he should let it stand as another nail in the communist coffin, despite its distortion of the Spanish situation.

How easy it is to make friends in Spain!

George Orwell’s Spanish civil war memoir is a classic, but is it bad history?

The one thing that sticks with me is the compliment that Orwell pays to the Catalunay people. These women were not exactly beautiful, but it was found necessary to put the position out of bounds to orwel of other companies. The job was not popular, it was too cold and too easy to get lost, and I soon found that I could get leave to go out on patrol as often as I wished.