“Homage to Catalonia by George Orwell
The third book I’ve read by Orwell, and it is as good as people say it is. He writes in a clear manner about a very complicated time, the Spanish civil war in the 1930s. If you didn’t know, he volunteered to fight in the P.O.U.M. militia against Franco and the fascists. This experience in the war shaped his worldview, and you can start to feel where he got the dystopian world of 1984 from. You can read more about Orwell and his most famous book, ““1984"” by reading The Ministry of Truth: The Biography of George Orwell’s ““1984"”.
This book switches back and forth between his personal experience in fighting at the front with his militia and his analysis of the political situation, the infighting between ““Trotskyists””, Communists, Socialists, and Anarchists.
Personally, I had never even really heard of this war. I had heard the name Franco, and knew he was a Bad Guy, but knew little of the history of the region. This was a great book to get to know about this conflict, and to learn more about Orwell’s experience in the war.
Rating: ★★★★★ Book #117 in my My 2020 Reading Challenge #Books #BookReview #war #SpanishCivilWar #GeorgeOrwell #Catalonia”,