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Zygmunt wrote: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)
First published in 1932, "Journey to the End of the Night" is regarded as Celine's masterpiece.
It is told in the first person and is based on his own experiences during the First World War, in French colonial Africa; in the USA - where he worked for a while at the Ford factory in Detroit; and later as a young doctor in a working class suburb in Paris. The novel gives a picture of those years as seen by an underdog.
Celine is very much the product of his age and was particularly marked - like so may other writers - by the senseless carnage of the First World War.
Celine's disgust with human folly, malice, greed and the mess that man has made of society and of his own environment lies behind the bitterness and bile that distinguishes his writing and gives it its force. This is exemplified in the superb portraits of mainly ordinary human beings coping with their lives as best they can; caught in poverty or their obsessions - hindered from evading traps of their own making by ignorance and prejudice.
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