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Homage To Catalonia Gebundene Ausgabe – 1970
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Orwell's first-hand experiences in the Spanish Civil War, and the in-fighting on the Loyalist side, led him to form the views of the man who wrote the more famous works of fiction. However, those who read only Orwell's fiction tend to see only a condemnation of Communism (which is, at least in this country, too readily equated with socalism). They go away with a completely distorted view of the meaning of those stories, and of Orwell's perception on life.
Homage to Catalonia is the truth behind the fiction. Read it.
Orwell is a master of expository prose. His writing is very richly descriptive and yet stark, simple, and lucid. For instance, he writes of his first exposure to battle in Spain: "We were near the front line now, near enough to smell the characteristic smell of war - in my experience a smell of excrement and decaying food."
Orwell was the best kind of socialist: a generous man genuinely concerned about equality and about ending the exploitation of the poor. And unlike most other left-wing intellectuals of his time, he was not content to write pamphlets from the confort of peace and affluence, nor did he ever allow his politics to blind him to the reality of how the ideals of socialism were betrayed by the ambition and pettiness of many of those who put it into practice.
It was with this book that I realized that Orwell was more than the apparently cynical curmudgeon who wrote _Animal Farm_ and _1984_. In fact, he was even more than an important political thinker. In all his writings, but especially _Homage to Catalonia_, one gets a sense of complete honesty and decency, completely unfeigned, that is impossible not to admire. His unflinching portrayal of all that was good and bad in revolutionary Spain makes this book one of those rare documents that can give you a slightly different way of looking a the world. I don't mean a conversion to radical socialism, but a sense that there is genuine wisdom in Orwell's uncomplicated, sincere way of looking at the world. His style, for me, disarms the most clever intellectual sophistry of those who are really nothing more than overeducated windbags.
I don't always agree with Orwell, and I don't think he was by any mans the smartest Brit of the century. But I always admire what he says, and the way he says it, right or wrong.
In a word: invaluable.
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I don't want to add a note of bathos after the stirring "this-book-not-only-changed-my-life-it-became-my-life"-type reviews below but I bought this book at the airport... Lesen Sie weiter...Am 25. Juni 2000 veröffentlicht
I have read quite a few of Orwell's books, but this one has to be my favourite. The reason being that it is one of the easiest ways to understand war. Lesen Sie weiter...Veröffentlicht am 19. März 2000 von Louise
In this gripping book, you find some of the best reportage about the Spanish Civil War and you get some of the most engaging descriptions of anarchist and communal living. Lesen Sie weiter...Veröffentlicht am 6. Februar 2000 von Quickhappy
For someone interested in reading a short, concise eyewitness account of the Spanish Civil War, Orwell's book is a good place to start. Lesen Sie weiter...Veröffentlicht am 5. Januar 2000 von J. F Malysiak
The other week, a Seattle bookstore celebrating its 100th anniversary asked me to pick a favorite book to read at their celebration. Lesen Sie weiter...Veröffentlicht am 3. Januar 2000 von Paul Loeb
Homage to Catalonia may be the most important book I ever read. Important because it is the book that inspired me to become a journalist, a writer and a teacher. Lesen Sie weiter...Veröffentlicht am 28. Dezember 1999 von M. Friedman