Matt H. wrote:I've just finished George Orwell's Burmese Days and Homage to Catalonia. Homage to Catalonia makes for good reading if you like war correspondance or journalism. However, the sheer number of Republican factions in Spain is enough to make you stop in confusion.
Orwell is - to me - always worth making time for. Homage to Catlonia is strange because so much of the political intrigue he describes in detail is a now-obsolete pre-cold war view of communism, and yes, it's very confusing ("POUM! POUM!
")! But furthermore, the chapters chronicling his experience as a 'volunteer' in a foreign war are a worthwhile warning to anyone, and make interesting comparisons with, for example, stories from the Angolan conflict in the seventies.
If you haven't read it, Orwell's "Down and out in Paris and London"
is essential. So much of it still rings true.
Other than Orwell, I recently found it interesting to read some varied views of the Falklands conflict such as "Sea Harrier over the Falklands" by 'Sharkey' Ward, and "One Hundred Days" by Admiral 'Sandy' Woodward. Considering they were on the same side, those two can't agree on much... (or don't want to admit that they agree on much...)
Zygmunt (going for coffee in Huesca)