Finished reading Orwell's Homage to Catolina a while back . Now I wouldn't say It's not worth reading, but it seems popular opinion loves it . Modern Library 100 book list National Review List all list it as one of the best books of last century. And Orwell is usually very highly valued. I've enjoyed his fiction but this didn't cut it too much for me. The book takes place in Civil War Spain where all good socialist anarchists went to help. The story focuses on how much the war became less about revolution and more about the hard line soviet communists taking power from spanish anarcho's and socialists. Orwell seems suprised that even revolutionary minded people can be so power hungry,as to execute people for made up charges etc. To me many of the things he described were pretty obvious, of course I don't think that my political group is somehow truly more noble than others as he did. I found the book basically a personal discovery a fall from ideals, after which he still mantained his core beliefs in a peoples revolution. The prose wasn't all that vivid and the war was not all that dangerous for him, Orwell himself increased his chance for death, therefore I felt litle sympathy for him . I fail to find much reedeming quality in this book to and can't call it one of the best of the whole century or anything close. Someone want to fill me in what exactly am I missing? Anyone agree?
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11/14/04 at 10:15pm