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  • Homage to Catalonia

  • Penguin Modern Classics
  • By: George Orwell
  • Narrated by: Rory Alexander
  • Length: 7 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Categories: History, Europe
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (46 ratings)

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'Every line of serious work that I have written since 1936 has been written, directly or indirectly, against totalitarianism and for democratic Socialism as I understand it'. 

Thus wrote Orwell following his experiences as a militiaman in the Spanish Civil War, chronicled in Homage to Catalonia. Here he brings to bear all the force of his humanity, passion and clarity, describing with bitter intensity the bright hopes and cynical betrayals of that chaotic episode: the revolutionary euphoria of Barcelona, the courage of ordinary Spanish men and women he fought alongside, the terror and confusion of the front, his near-fatal bullet wound and the vicious treachery of his supposed allies.

A firsthand account of the brutal conditions of the Spanish Civil War, George Orwell's Homage to Catalonia includes an introduction by Julian Symons in Penguin Modern Classics.

©2020 George Orwell (P)2020 Penguin Audio

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A telling work of history

Orwell writes factually and honestly about his experiences as a militiaman during the Spanish Civil War. The tough brutal conditions, the political situation, and the ordinary people caught up in desperate times. The narration is excellent, and is efficient and matter of fact in style. A telling work of history from a personal perspective.

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Tragic, profound, beautiful

Orwell's account of the front, of the anarchist cause, of the politics (as much as he understood), all of these are well penned and well spoken here.

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Excellent telling of classic story of war.

The very interesting story of George Orwell's time in the melitia fighting against the Franco and fascists during the Spanish Civil War. The narration by Rory Alexander was outstanding.

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Short but interesting story

While the story was short, it was a nice insight into Orwell's experience in the Spanish Civil War. The narrator has an excellent voice that's easy to listen to and keeps you hooked.

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A must read classic

George Orwell is a giant in literature. This book brings the full scale of the deception and failures of the European powers over Spain. Brilliantly told from a personal perspective.

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An easily absorbed classic

Much enjoyed this classic of the Spanish Civil War. Easy listening and well read. Recommended.