Homage to Catalonia

Orwell, George

Book - 1980
Average Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5.
Homage to Catalonia
"In 1936, George Orwell went to Spain to report on the civil war and instead joined the P.O.U.M. militia 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."--From publisher's description.

Publisher: San Diego : Harcourt Brace & Co., c1980
ISBN: 9780156421171
Branch Call Number: 946.08 078h 1980
Characteristics: xxiii, 232 p. ;,21 cm
Additional Contributors: Trilling, Lionel 1905-1975


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Jan 12, 2015
  • redban rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I now see why reviews say this may be Orwell's best work, which is quite the accolade!

The experiences and historical context Orwell provides in this non-fiction masterpiece leaves little ambiguity or misunderstanding or misrepresentation (which is sadly present for Orwell's fiction best-sellers where some readers ignore historical context in order to justify contrary ideologies like free market Capitalism).

We really get a sense of the development of Orwell's ideas of working class vs. power structures (be it Capitalist or Fascist or Feudalist or Stalinist), the prevalence of propaganda (that the suppression/purge of the working class revolution in order to re-establish the status quo power structure was erased by so-called-Democracy vs. Fascism!), and the potentials and degradation of humanity.

Aug 01, 2014
  • Ham625 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

A most worthwhile book to read.

Aug 22, 2013

Orwell's clear prose and his humility in recounting his own errors and confusion during this tumultuous period make this an enduring work.

Dec 30, 2012
  • VasquezJC rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Orwells' greatest work. He indeed reported what was actually going on in Catalonia during those times by fighting against the Facist. I read it once and no doubt I will read it again.

Oct 15, 2011
  • jlazcan rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I feel this is George Orwell's best work. "1984" and "Animal Farm" are obviously his best recognized/prized books, but I enjoy non-fiction more than fiction. The book is amazingly timeless and holds up well for being written in the late 1930s. I am also a sucker for the Spanish Civil War. This is a really entertaining and informative book. Orwell explains with clarity the Spanish political and social environment of the time especially in Barcelona. His first hand account as a Brit in 1930s Spain is fantastic. If you start this book you may not put it down.

May 04, 2011
  • SB2000 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

In my view, one of Orwell's best: I read it once a year. A description of Catalonia during the Spanish Civil War - especially as the communists took over the revolution and turned on the other leftist groups. From his description of life in revolutionary Barcelona; his experiences with the Republican militias; trench life and being shot; the chaos and mutual suspicion of the city during the purges, it is gripping reading. It also comes with one of the most prescient and best written final paragraphs ever!


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