History YMMV / HomageToCatalonia

27th Apr '16 2:10:37 PM CassandraLeo
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* SomeAnvilsNeedToBeDropped and VindicatedByHistory: Like most of Orwell's work, ''Homage'' is not the least bit subtle about what he thinks; as a result, the book received mixed reviews when it was published and sold poorly, since much of what he thought was not what his contemporaries wanted to hear. However, it was what they ''needed'' to hear, and it remains every bit as relevant today as it did when it was first published. In particular, his critique of the press often reads like it was written yesterday (references to Communism aside), and his depiction of Stalinism was something that most of his contemporaries had no desire to hear, but wound up being completely and utterly accurate. The accounts depicted in this book reinforced the anti-totalitarian views that would come to be Orwell's central focus for the remainder of his life, and his account of what happened during the UsefulNotes/SpanishCivilWar now tends to be regarded as the definitive first-person source. For [[UsefulNotes/{{Anarchism}} anarchists]] the "Need to Be Dropped" trope is doubly in effect, since the book is also regarded as a definitive account of a functional example of anarchy. The book's reputation began to build in TheFifties when it was republished with an introduction by Lionel Trilling, and these days it's common to hear this cited in the same breath as ''Literature/AnimalFarm'' and ''Literature/NineteenEightyFour'' as Orwell's three greatest works.

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* SomeAnvilsNeedToBeDropped and VindicatedByHistory: Like most of Orwell's work, ''Homage'' is not the least bit subtle about what he thinks; as a result, the book received mixed reviews when it was published and sold poorly, since much of what he thought was not what his contemporaries wanted to hear. However, it was what they ''needed'' to hear, and it remains every bit as relevant today as it did when it was first published. In particular, his critique of the press often reads like it was written yesterday (references to Communism aside), and his depiction of Stalinism was something that most of his contemporaries had no desire to hear, but wound up being completely and utterly accurate. The accounts events depicted in this book reinforced the anti-totalitarian views that would come to be Orwell's central focus for the remainder of his life, life (and also his commitments to democratic socialism), and his account of what happened during the UsefulNotes/SpanishCivilWar now tends to be regarded as the definitive first-person source. For [[UsefulNotes/{{Anarchism}} anarchists]] the "Need to Be Dropped" trope is doubly in effect, since the book is also regarded as a definitive account of a functional example of anarchy. The book's reputation began to build in TheFifties when it was republished with an introduction by Lionel Trilling, and these days it's common to hear this cited in the same breath as ''Literature/AnimalFarm'' and ''Literature/NineteenEightyFour'' as Orwell's three greatest works.
27th Apr '16 2:07:09 PM CassandraLeo
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* SomeAnvilsNeedToBeDropped and VindicatedByHistory: Like most of Orwell's work, ''Homage'' is not the least bit subtle about what he thinks; as a result, the book received mixed reviews when it was published, since much of what he thought was not what his contemporaries wanted to hear. However, it was what they ''needed'' to hear, and it remains every bit as relevant today as it did when it was first published. In particular, his critique of the press often reads like it was written yesterday (references to Communism aside), and his depiction of Stalinism was something that most of his contemporaries had no desire to hear, but wound up being completely and utterly accurate. The accounts depicted in this book reinforced the anti-totalitarian views that would come to be Orwell's central focus for the remainder of his life, and his account of what happened during the UsefulNotes/SpanishCivilWar now tends to be regarded as the definitive first-person source. For [[UsefulNotes/{{Anarchism}} anarchists]] the "Need to Be Dropped" trope is doubly in effect, since the book is also regarded as a definitive account of a functional example of anarchy. These days it's common to hear this cited in the same breath as ''Literature/AnimalFarm'' and ''Literature/NineteenEightyFour'' as Orwell's three greatest works.

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* SomeAnvilsNeedToBeDropped and VindicatedByHistory: Like most of Orwell's work, ''Homage'' is not the least bit subtle about what he thinks; as a result, the book received mixed reviews when it was published, published and sold poorly, since much of what he thought was not what his contemporaries wanted to hear. However, it was what they ''needed'' to hear, and it remains every bit as relevant today as it did when it was first published. In particular, his critique of the press often reads like it was written yesterday (references to Communism aside), and his depiction of Stalinism was something that most of his contemporaries had no desire to hear, but wound up being completely and utterly accurate. The accounts depicted in this book reinforced the anti-totalitarian views that would come to be Orwell's central focus for the remainder of his life, and his account of what happened during the UsefulNotes/SpanishCivilWar now tends to be regarded as the definitive first-person source. For [[UsefulNotes/{{Anarchism}} anarchists]] the "Need to Be Dropped" trope is doubly in effect, since the book is also regarded as a definitive account of a functional example of anarchy. These The book's reputation began to build in TheFifties when it was republished with an introduction by Lionel Trilling, and these days it's common to hear this cited in the same breath as ''Literature/AnimalFarm'' and ''Literature/NineteenEightyFour'' as Orwell's three greatest works.
27th Apr '16 2:03:59 PM CassandraLeo
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* SomeAnvilsNeedToBeDropped and VindicatedByHistory: Like most of Orwell's work, ''Homage'' is not the least bit subtle about what he thinks; as a result, the book received mixed reviews when it was published, since much of what he thought was not what his contemporaries wanted to hear. However, it was what they ''needed'' to hear, and it remains every bit as relevant today as it did when it was first published. In particular, his critique of the press often reads like it was written yesterday (references to Communism aside), and his depiction of Stalinism was something that most of his contemporaries had no desire to hear, but wound up being completely and utterly accurate. The accounts depicted in this book reinforced the anti-totalitarian views that would come to be Orwell's central focus for the remainder of his life, and his account of what happened during the UsefulNotes/SpanishCivilWar now tends to be as the definitive first-person source. For [[UsefulNotes/{{Anarchism}} anarchists]] the "Need to Be Dropped" trope is doubly in effect, since the book is also regarded as a definitive account of a functional example of anarchy. These days you're likely to hear this cited in the same breath as ''Literature/AnimalFarm'' and ''Literature/NineteenEightyFour'' as Orwell's three greatest works.

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* SomeAnvilsNeedToBeDropped and VindicatedByHistory: Like most of Orwell's work, ''Homage'' is not the least bit subtle about what he thinks; as a result, the book received mixed reviews when it was published, since much of what he thought was not what his contemporaries wanted to hear. However, it was what they ''needed'' to hear, and it remains every bit as relevant today as it did when it was first published. In particular, his critique of the press often reads like it was written yesterday (references to Communism aside), and his depiction of Stalinism was something that most of his contemporaries had no desire to hear, but wound up being completely and utterly accurate. The accounts depicted in this book reinforced the anti-totalitarian views that would come to be Orwell's central focus for the remainder of his life, and his account of what happened during the UsefulNotes/SpanishCivilWar now tends to be regarded as the definitive first-person source. For [[UsefulNotes/{{Anarchism}} anarchists]] the "Need to Be Dropped" trope is doubly in effect, since the book is also regarded as a definitive account of a functional example of anarchy. These days you're likely it's common to hear this cited in the same breath as ''Literature/AnimalFarm'' and ''Literature/NineteenEightyFour'' as Orwell's three greatest works.
27th Apr '16 1:59:43 PM CassandraLeo
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* SomeAnvilsNeedToBeDropped and VindicatedByHistory: Like most of Orwell's work, ''Homage'' is not the least bit subtle about what he thinks; as a result, the book received mixed reviews when it was published, since much of what he thought was not what his contemporaries wanted to hear. However, it was what they ''needed'' to hear, and it remains every bit as relevant today as it did when it was first published. In particular, his critique of the press often reads like it was written yesterday, and his depiction of Stalinism was something that most of his contemporaries had no desire to hear, but wound up being completely and utterly accurate. The accounts depicted in this book reinforced the anti-totalitarian views that would come to be Orwell's central focus for the remainder of his life, and his account of what happened during the Spanish Civil War now tends to be as the definitive first-person source. For [[UsefulNotes/{{Anarchism}} anarchists]] the "Need to Be Dropped" trope is doubly in effect, since the book is also regarded as a definitive account of a functional example of anarchy. These days you're likely to hear this cited in the same breath as ''Literature/AnimalFarm'' and ''Literature/NineteenEightyFour'' as Orwell's three greatest works.

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* SomeAnvilsNeedToBeDropped and VindicatedByHistory: Like most of Orwell's work, ''Homage'' is not the least bit subtle about what he thinks; as a result, the book received mixed reviews when it was published, since much of what he thought was not what his contemporaries wanted to hear. However, it was what they ''needed'' to hear, and it remains every bit as relevant today as it did when it was first published. In particular, his critique of the press often reads like it was written yesterday, yesterday (references to Communism aside), and his depiction of Stalinism was something that most of his contemporaries had no desire to hear, but wound up being completely and utterly accurate. The accounts depicted in this book reinforced the anti-totalitarian views that would come to be Orwell's central focus for the remainder of his life, and his account of what happened during the Spanish Civil War UsefulNotes/SpanishCivilWar now tends to be as the definitive first-person source. For [[UsefulNotes/{{Anarchism}} anarchists]] the "Need to Be Dropped" trope is doubly in effect, since the book is also regarded as a definitive account of a functional example of anarchy. These days you're likely to hear this cited in the same breath as ''Literature/AnimalFarm'' and ''Literature/NineteenEightyFour'' as Orwell's three greatest works.
27th Apr '16 1:58:12 PM CassandraLeo
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* SomeAnvilsNeedToBeDropped and VindicatedByHistory: Like most of Orwell's work, ''Homage'' is not the least bit subtle about what he thinks; as a result, the book received mixed reviews when it was published, since much of what he thought was not what his contemporaries wanted to hear. However, it was what they ''needed'' to hear, and it remains every bit as relevant today as it did when it was first published. In particular, his critique of the press often reads like it was written yesterday, and his depiction of Stalinism was something that most of his contemporaries had no desire to hear, but wound up being completely and utterly accurate. The accounts depicted in this book reinforced the anti-totalitarian views that would come to be Orwell's central focus for the remainder of his life, and his account of what happened during the Spanish Civil War now tends to be as the definitive first-person source. For [[UsefulNotes/{{Anarchism}} anarchists]] the "Need to Be Dropped" trope is doubly in effect, since the book is also regarded as a definitive account of a functional example of anarchy. These days you're likely to hear this cited in the same breath as ''Literature/AnimalFarm'' and ''Literature/NineteenEightyFour'' as Orwell's three greatest works.
5th Apr '16 5:29:14 PM kraas
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* WriteWhoYouKnow: Orwell's commander in the POUM, Georges Kopp, possibly inspired the character of O'Brien in ''Literature/NineteenEightyFour''; see this [[https://books.google.com/books?id=eUQ1Z12trIEC&pg=PA161&lpg=PA161&dq=%22georges+kopp%22+poum+%22o%27brien%22&source=bl&ots=pyEvmjIKeB&sig=NVU-w9scZ7mXcezI7tIlJz3ihtc&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwiGp8m34PjLAhWBSCYKHUu7A3cQ6AEIMzAD#v=onepage&q=%22georges%20kopp%22%20poum%20%22o%27brien%22&f=false biography excerpt]].
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