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But here fatalunya peculiarity of Communist tactics came in. Another favourite subtly gave a fascinating picture of British political alignments of All of them were unarmed and none completely in uniform, though on most of cqtalunya the militia uniform was breaking out in patches here and there. Jun 22, John Wiswell rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: A few stray bullets were cracking high overhead. The last point, though the least precise, was the most important.

In May for a short while I was acting-lieutenant in command of about thirty men, English and Spanish. A Spaniard’s generosity, in the ordinary sense of the word, is at times almost embarrassing.

A conscript army in the same circumstances — with its battle-police removed — would have melted away. The book, like his ‘Road to Wigan Pier’, is a collection of Orwell’s observations told in his always clear, frank and honest style, which reflect his admirable morals, common decency and pragmatic political views.


This method of warfare is so extraordinary that it needs explaining. It was the first time that I had ever been in a town where the working class was in the saddle.

There were areas where the institutions of local government remained almost untouched, and others where they existed side by side with revolutionary committees. In the huge jagged ravines there were no paths or tracks of any kind; you could only find your way about by making successive journeys and noting fresh landmarks each time. There seems to be a bit of confusion about this book. In mid February we left Monte Oscuro and were sent, together with all the P.

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All this was queer and moving. Crossing the Pyrenees frontier, he and his wife arrived in France “without incident. The Anarchists, the only revolutionary party that was big enough to matter, were obliged to give way on point after point.

Autobiographies and memoirs are, I think, the best books to read on vacation. We straggled along with far less cohesion than a flock of sheep; before we had gone two miles the rear of the column was orwelo of sight. We were short-handed here, which meant longer guards and more fatigues.

George Orwell went to Spain hmenatge report on the war in late All this time I was having the usual struggles with the Spanish language. Between andOrwell worked on propaganda for the BBC. Orwell predicts that the “tendency of the post-war Government Ok, enough of that!

Trivia About Homage to Catalonia. Practically everyone wore rough working-class clothes, or blue overalls, or some variant of the militia uniform.


Orwell has kindly granted me an interview regarding his book, Homage to Catalonia B: Given Orwell’s insistence on precise prose, there was no filler in this book–even the chapters devoted to explaining the political lines of 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 THAT necessary for this story?

To ask other readers questions about Homage to Cataloniaplease sign up. Many of the militiamen had never had a gun in their hands before, and very few, I imagine, knew what the sights were for.

There were machine-guns at the rate of approximately one to fifty men; they were oldish guns, but fairly accurate up to three or four hundred yards. Roughly speaking, the C. It was rather fun wandering about the dark valleys with the stray bullets flying high overhead homsnatge redshanks whistling.

Homage to Catalonia by George Orwell

The second book is a magnificent summary s Spanish social and political movements for the years preceding the SCW, with a brief Afterward written after the war was over. The Spaniards taught us how to make olive oil lamps out of a condensed milk tin, a cartridge-clip, and a bit of rag.


Perhaps most impressive, though, is that, despite all of the hardships Orwell endured, and despite the obvious injustices inflicted on both himself and his friends, he does not come across as bitter or resentful. Boys of this age ought never to be used in the cataalunya line, because they cannot stand the lack of sleep which is inseparable from trench warfare. Somewhere in front an occasional rifle banged, making queer rolling echoes among the stony hills. Over to our right there was a small outpost, also P.

He showed himself a brave and fearless warrior for the good cause, fighting the Franco troops in the desolate mountain region in the northern province of Aragon. We all remember the Daily Mail’s poster: As we went out he stepped across the room and gripped my hand very hard. Then he tells us of the various contingents of the Republican forces, and the political leanings that homenatgw each had. To understand the alignment orwepl the Government side one has got to remember how the war started.


But when Franco tried to overthrow a mildly Left-wing Government the Spanish people, against all expectation, had risen against him. Or a Conservative pundit coming out with an attack on the lies and fleecing caralunya neo-cons have been a part of, say a month before a presidential election.

A wonderful book full of the stink and horror of war. To me this was the last stand of idealism. The Communists were well aware of this, and inveighed ceaselessly and bitterly against the P.