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Homage to Catalonia
Homage to Catalonia | George Orwell
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Izai.Amorim
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I'm glad that I finally took the time for this book (Homage to Catalonia). Like Down and Out in Paris and London, it helps you to understand Orwell's work much better.
Picture: This dog sculpture is also inside the Lisbon cathedral. It watches while the lady reads (see previous post). The Portuguese have their priorities right!

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Aimeesue @Izai.Amorim Just a new nickname. Although, come to think of it, the dogs I call "puppala" are all smart and beautiful, so … oh, wait, that's all dogs. ? 4mo
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Izai.Amorim @Suet624 It was a pleasure. Only kind of dog allowed in a church.😂 4mo
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Izai.Amorim
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I'm starting this tomorrow, one of the few Orwell books I haven't read yet. Looking forward to.

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ionacraig
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In preparation for a presentation I‘m giving next week on journalists‘ books on war, I‘m finally reading Orwell on his experience fighting during the Spanish civil war. Can‘t believe I haven‘t read this until now. Also want to get through more of Martha Gellhorn‘s book - a collection of her war reporting (also includes the Spanish civil war) over several decades. Nothing like reading to a deadline. Plan to reduce my reading list is disintegrating

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Emilymdxn
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It‘s one of my bf‘s favourites so I‘m glad I‘ve read a book he loves, and I‘m interested in the historical of left wing politics. I find war quite boring as a subject and I find Orwell‘s journalism a bit unintentionally hilarious sometimes - he just wanders round with no useful skills being unable to cook or remember to check if his wife is alive. Come on George, write a to do list, make some soup - those things save the world too!

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Emilymdxn
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Trying to fit a few short books in to make it easy for me while commuting!

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arlenefinnigan
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#ToySoldiers #HeatOfJuly
Incredibly, inspirationally well-intentioned but badly trained, woefully poorly armed and spectacularly badly organised soldiers
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BarbaraBB I don‘t know this one but it sounds intriguing. 13mo
Cinfhen Your description is definitely appealing 13mo
arlenefinnigan @BarbaraBB it's about the volunteers in the Spanish civil war, and it's both fascinating and heartbreaking. 13mo
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enidkeaner
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On July 4th, probably because I spent the day despairing what my country has become, I decided I will read at least one book by an author from every country in the world. I kicked this off with Homage to Catalonia as my UK entry.

I‘m not going backwards and using books I‘ve already read to complete this. My plan is to sort of take my time with this and weave it in and out of my “normal” reading and TBR list. I think that will make me savor it.

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enidkeaner
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I am so freaking glad I purchased this on a whim. Homage to Catalonia is a beauty of a book. The way Orwell writes perfectly captures the utter confusion of the war and makes it stand out starkly In his writing, Orwell is dry, sly and witty. I‘ve fallen in love with Orwell‘s writing and, to be quite frank, with Orwell himself. I now want to read every bit of his non-fiction work and I‘m pretty excited to start.

#192019 - #1938
#readtheworld

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ladyonequestion
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LondElle89
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My first George Orwell. Nicely written, but it felt choppy, making it difficult to get into the flow of reading. I think it's a nice first hand account of the Spanish Civil War, but it is wise to do some research beforehand if someone is unfamiliar with this event in history. Also, his chapters are long and sometimes repetitive....it got annoying at times. 3 out of 5.

Sophoclessweetheart I like Orwell but for me only 1984 and Animal Farm are any good. I find his nonfiction quite tedious. X 1y
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Azar
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Whenever it's conceivably possible the business of today is put off until manana (tomorrow). In Spain, nothing from a meal to a battle ever happens at the appointed time.
#GeorgeOrwell #homagetoCatalonia

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arlenefinnigan
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Oblomov26 Fantastic book 1y
arlenefinnigan @Oblomov26 aye, excellent read 1y
Reviewsbylola Great cover. I‘ve not read this one. 1y
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Cinfhen Well done and it‘s not soccer or Mommins 😜💕👍🏻 1y
arlenefinnigan @Cinfhen it's either football Moomins owls or socialism 😉 1y
Cinfhen My bad...football not soccer ⚽️ 1y
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Tove_Reads
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I salute you! The only sad thing is that women can‘t access the fantastic library here.

Heideschrampf WHAT???? Let me guess: this is run by some monks stuck in the middle ages? 😠 1y
Tove_Reads @Heideschrampf Yup, Benedict monks. 1y
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TrishB 😡😡 1y
ephemeralwaltz 😭😭 enjoy your stay! 1y
Jess7 That‘s ridiculous! 1y
RebelReader Immediately makes me wanna sneak in! However, not sure a Spanish prison would be too pleasant. 😬 1y
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Kathrin
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Mehso-so

The Spanish Civil War has popped up lately in a couple of books that I have read, so I thought a non fiction account would be interesting. And it's interesting to read about Orwell's perspective of his time in Spain, but it's also a narrow point of view. In addition, his writing style is at times so flippant that it really clashed with the description of a war.

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Libby1
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I couldn‘t write a better review than this:

“Bringing all the force of his humanity, passion and clarity to bear, George Orwell examines the bright hopes and cynical betrayal of the Spanish revolution. He describes the discomfort and inefficiency of front-line fighting; the early revolutionary euphoria; the propaganda and distortion perpetrated by both sides; and the tragic collapse of the revolution into warring factions.”

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Libby1
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“... a nightmare world in which the Leader, or some ruling clique, controls not only the future but THE PAST. If the Leader says of such and such an event, ‘It never happened‘ - well, it never happened. If he says two and two are five - well, two and two are five. This prospect frightens me much more than bombs - and after our experiences of the last few years that is not a frivolous statement.”

TrishB That's pretty scary.... 2y
Libby1 @TrishB - he was a bit of a seer. So wise. I wonder what other treasures he would have produced had he not died at the age of 46? 2y
TrishB Yes, he was amazing and so intelligent. 2y
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Libby1
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“One of the most horrible features of war is that all the war propaganda, all the screams and lies and hatred, comes invariably from people who are not fighting.”

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Libby1
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I was about to start this book when I saw this on the cover.

The situation is Spain and Catalonia has been weighing on my heart. Often, when I hear about world events that trouble me I go for a walk to pray about it.

Maybe that‘s part of how I see the world as well as seeing the world through my faith that I have to pray AND immerse myself in learning about troubling situations.

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Libby1
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I originally ordered this book from the library back in May to prepare for my holiday in July. It arrived this week!

It seems odd for it to arrive during a time of great uncertainty in Catalonia. I hope for a calm, peaceful solution. 🕊

Libby1 Thinking of you and your family, @ephemeralwaltz . By the way, I adored Tarragona! 2y
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TrishB
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#publishedinthe1930s #uncannyoctober
@RealLifeReading
Seems to be appropriate at the moment 😔

AceOnRoam Very timely !! 2y
Cathythoughts Brilliant cover ❤️ 2y
Izai.Amorim One of the very few by Orwell that I haven‘t read yet 2y
UwannaPublishme Gotta put this one on my TBR. 😊👍🏻 2y
TrishB @Izai.Amorim he's always worth a read. He was way ahead of his time. 2y
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arlenefinnigan
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Solidarity with Catalonia in their latest fight against fascism.

Notafraidofwords It feels like years pass by, and we still fight the same fight. 2y
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Libby1
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Cry me... the Mediterranean?

A club singer has been singing outside of our hotel room for 2 hours. It's 11:30 PM.

I was recently "treated" to Achey Breaky Heart.

In Spanish. ?

My homage to Catalonia may be to throw myself into the Mediterranean.

Oh good grief, Sherlock. She just started on I Will Survive.

I may not.

DivineDiana Oh my! 😬 2y
Laura317 Ask is she does requests. Does she know "Rocky Top"? How about any good show tunes? 2y
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LeeRHarry Oh no what could be worse?! Maybe some off key Whitney Houston?!?! 😏 2y
mcipher Oh, wow. I guess you just have to laugh? 2y
Libby1 I survived, guys. We'd never been on a package holiday before, but after that first night we got into the hang of it! We just needed to chill out, go with the flow, and let the child stay up late. He actually DID sleep in in the morning! Thanks for the commiserations, @DivineDiana , @Laura317 , @AlaMich , @LeeRHarry , and @mcipher ! 2y
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Abailliekaras
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George Orwell's highly engaging account of his experience in the Spanish civil war. He was involved in fighting and later had to go into hiding in (& escape from) Barcelona as his group were suspected of being fascist spies. His wonderfully dry, understated style - eg in this opening sentence - make it a pleasure to read. Clear-sighted, honest and clear prose treating the reader as a curious & intelligent friend. + Interesting analysis of the war.

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Abailliekaras
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Exquisitely written, terribly prophetic. George Orwell on England, written in 1938.

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Abailliekaras
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'The whole experience of being hit by a bullet is very interesting and I think it is worth describing in detail.'

I love how understated he is! So English.

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Abailliekaras
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Research continues with a classic ... Boy do I need this coffee. ☕️😉

Libby1 I just bought this the other day! How is it so far? 2y
Abailliekaras @libby1 great so far, his writing is so clear and dry sense of humour cuts through some of the absurdities of war. 2y
Izai.Amorim One of the few Orwells I haven't read yet!👍 2y
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arlenefinnigan
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#MyOwnWorstEnemy #90sInJuly
As a socialist this book is heartbreaking and infuriating. Even when they were fighting actual fucking fascism the left couldn't stop fighting each other and concentrate on the real enemy.
@Robothugs @Cinfhen

Cinfhen History tends to repeat itself 😕we never learn.... 2y
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arlenefinnigan
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Cinfhen 😍🙌🏻 2y
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Lilitherat
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Today's book haul!

DivineDiana 👍🏻👏🏻👍🏻👏🏻 3y
Martta Just added "Reading Lolita in Tehran" to my TBR list in Goodreads. I hope I find it somewhere. 3y
James Nice! 3y
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LeahBergen Oooo! 👍🏼 3y
Cortg I chose "Reading Lolita in Tehran" for a book club book and everyone hated it. Only a couple people finished it. I liked it but I felt bad for choosing it. On the bright side, it led me to read Lolita and I LOVED that. 3y
merelybookish What an awesome collection. I've always wanted to read Woolf's diaries! 3y
Nebklvr Yeah!! I see a couple favorites! 3y
Lilitherat @Nebklvr which ones :)? 3y
Lilitherat @merelybookish me too, I'm excited! 3y
Nebklvr @Lilitherat Reading Lolita in Tehran, A Passage to India, and Fahrenheit 451 3y
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arlenefinnigan
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#photoadaynov16 #ThrewItAcrossTheRoom
Not because I didn't like the book, you understand - it's an excellent book - but in frustration at the infighting and sectarianism between anarchists and socialists. "FOR FUCK'S SAKE CAN'T YOU STOP FIGHTING EACH OTHER FOR TWO FUCKING MINUTES AND CONCENTRATE ON FIGHTING ACTUAL FASCISM?"

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Stevo
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AliceInBookland That smoothie tho... 3y
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TomAllman
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Pickpick

Working on a review of a new Orwell biography called, 'Orwell's Nose'.
Quirky and Irreverent are the first words that come to mind.

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stephanielc2
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"A Spaniard's generosity, in the ordinary sense of the word, is at times almost embarrassing...there is a generosity in a deeper sense, a real largeness of spirit, which I have met with again and again in the most unpromising circumstances."

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emmadeb26
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Barcelona rooftop reading 🍷

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"It is difficult to be certain about anything except what you have seen with your very own eyes, and consciously or unconsciously everyone writes as a partisan."

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Krissa
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I started reading this in Spain last month, because that felt appropriate, and now I'm starting to understand why Stephen Metcalf referred to this as the greatest nonfiction book of the 20th century.

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