Tag: Front Line

Michael Morpurgo – War Horse | Review

Title: War Horse

Author: Michael Morpurgo

Type: Fiction

Page Count/Review Word Count: 186

Rating: 5*/5

 

Michael Morpurgo - War Horse

Michael Morpurgo – War Horse

 

I had mixed feelings about this book, but there’s simply no denying how good it is. You can see how the plot was constructed, because it follows a formula, but it just does it so well that you can’t complain about it. It’s there, but it’s not important.

As for the story line – well, you probably already know it. But basically, it’s told from the horse’s point of view and follows what happens after the outbreak of the First World War, when he’s separated from his owner and has to go off to join the soldiers on the front line.

This isn’t the first Michael Morpurgo book that I’ve read, but it is the best. It was kind of predictable from start to finish, but it was also comforting like a warm bowl of soup. Make of that what you want. Just make some time in your schedule to give this a read, if only so you can say that you’ve read it. It’s worth it – honest.

 

Michael Morpurgo

Michael Morpurgo

 

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George Orwell – Homage to Catalonia | Review

Title: Homage to Catalonia

Author: George Orwell

Type: Non-Fiction

Page Count/Review Word Count: 250

Rating: 10/10

 

George Orwell - Homage to Catalonia

George Orwell – Homage to Catalonia

 

Homage to Catalonia is Orwell at his best, a book which tells the true story of Orwell’s time serving with the POUM in the Spanish Civil War of the 1930s. Orwell’s Group, the Partido Obrero de Unificación Marxista, was a revolutionary group which fought alongside a mixture of socialists, communists and anarchists against the fascists led by General Franco.

Orwell served on the front line and witnessed the injustice of the war first hand and covers it in a way that no journalist could. So dedicated was Orwell to the war effort, he was almost killed when a fascist sniper shot him in the throat while he  was at the front line.

 

POUM

POUM

 

The big surprise is the disconnect between what’s happening at the front and what’s happening in Barcelona, behind the lines. Orwell shows that the war was not fought with human lives at all, but with propaganda between the differing anti-Nationalist armies, propaganda that caused such a disconnect between each party that it may have lost them the war.

Whether you care about its political niceties or not, Homage to Catalonia is deeply gripping and a powerful glimpse into a  window of history that, if you’re like me, you’ve never thought to open. But I can almost guarantee that by the time you get to the end of it, you’ll care deeply about the political niceties. Viva Poum!

 

George Orwell

George Orwell

 

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