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5.0 out of 5 stars A true homage to Orwell and the POUM, 28 July 2007
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MH Lambert "flux1984" (Disunited Kingdom) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Orwell in Spain (Penguin Modern Classics) (Paperback)
The Spanish Civil War is covered in layer upon layer of disinformation, misinformation and just about everything else from every partisan quarter and it is genuinely useful to have to someone as 'English' as Orwell but with a strong commitment to Socialism and some semblance of balance write something as useful.

The book is an editied collection of letters, reviews and other relevant essays from, or surrounding Orwell during his time in Spain, along with a fully revised version of 'Homage to Catalonia.' And when the title says 'Orwell in Spain', it REALLY means it. It collates all the useful stuff from the Complete Works on Spain in one useful reprint that is presented chronologically from Orwell's perspective (i.e. it has letters presented in the time Orwell received them so one from Kopp written in mid-June didn't get to him until mid-July so it presented afterwards). It is well indexed and referenced and is a useful source on the Spanish Civil War from novice to expert alike.

If you are interested in Orwell or the Spanish Civil War or both, this book is very much a must have in every respect. It is well presented and unconfusing, collates everything you could possibly need and is in a readable font (the less said for "The Complete Novels" the better...!), including the witty and personal account of 'Homage to Catalonia' (which makes the main spine of the book). The material runs right up until 1942 with constant reflections and lessons derived from his experience, especially in relation to World War Two in later sections. A well edited and collected book that literally provides you with Orwell in Spain. An essential.
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4.0 out of 5 stars An entertaining diary of the Spanish Civil war, 8 Dec 2009
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I've been trying to get a grip on the Spanish civil war for some time and having put down at least two other books on the subject, Orwell's very personal account of his part in events made very good reading.

His account reads more like a a letter to a friend than a historical text and Orwell is always ready to admit his true feelings, noble or otherise. In particular his admittance to not fully grasping the political context to the fighting is a humble admission yet reflects the vast complexity of the situation.

My experience of this book may be swayed by reading it at night in the warmth of a caravan in the mountains of Catalonia, with the wind rattling outside, where it's easy to imagine Orwell huddled in a trench desparately trying to start a fire to keep warm and ducking wild shots from fascists huddled in an opposite trench.

His observations of people, events and the genral climate in Barcelona and on the front carry a great honesty and stand as a record of a view of the fighting on the ground. I had to re-read the appendixed chapters describing the politics but Orwell does an admirable job in attempting to explain what is a very complex political situation.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A superb collection of Orwells experiences in Spain., 16 Aug 2001
This review is from: Orwell in Spain (Penguin Modern Classics) (Paperback)
This fabulous collection consists not only of Orwell book 'homage to Catalonia' but numerous essays, letters and short stories from his time in spain during the spanish civil war. This book and the entire series bring together Orwell's most famous books as well as many of his unobtainable essays and short stories.
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