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“This is an exceptional book.” —George Orwell
“The Forging of a Rebel is as essential to an understanding of twentieth-century Spain as the reading of Tolstoy is indispensable to the comprehension of nineteenth-century Russia.” —The Daily Telegraph (London)
Posted January 8, 2003
The Spanish Civil War is more relevant to Americans than it might have seemed a few years ago. In the aftermath of 9/11, it is easier to imagine the reality of a Madrid under sustained shellfire. In the environment of hysterical political correctness which exists on so many campuses, it is easier to understand how a casual remark could land someone in front of a firing squad. And in a time of suicide bombings, the slogan "Long Live Death" (first adopted by the Spanish Foreign Legion and later by the Fascist movement) becomes even more chilling. Barea tells the story of Spain in the 20th century as seen through his own eyes. The characters are memorable and sharply-drawn, ranging from his mother the laundress to the charismatic fascist leader Millan Astray. Barea is that rare thing, an honest political observer, reporting the crimes and stupidities of his own side as well as the opposition. The writing is lyrical, especially in its description of landscapes.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.