This account's period stretches from the author's return from Paris and his literary debut (first memoirs) to his last days in the Spanish Civil war and his return to England.
This is the most meaningful metamorphosis in Orwell's life, during which time he realizes the underlying workings of Communism. This ideology he ditches to fully refute it in his future best sellers: "1984" and "The Animal Farm". We find Orwell as an intelligent's man flirting with left-wing dictatorship (and Civil War) only to reject it without right of appeal. As an observer living life's experience at first hand this is a compelling experience
That is precisely the very reason for which George Orwell's works were completely banned in eastern Europe, to the last days of Communism.
I read Orwell's books behind the Iron Curtain, in most curious circumstances: these were handwritten copybooks from originals which were not available to the public. `they were passed on at one's peril to other keen readers for whom 1984 was not fiction but a living reality - if a living hell.
A most illuminating reading.