La forja de un rebelde has ratings and 32 reviews. blakeR said: A valuable book for what it has to say about 20th century Spain and their Civil War. The Forge (Forging of a Rebel, #1), The Track (Forging of a Rebel, #2), and The Clash (Forging of a Rebel, #3). Results 1 – 30 of 33 La Forja De Un Rebelde, III: La Llama by Arturo Barea and a great selection of related books, art and collectibles available now at.

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En ella, Barea narra su infancia y primera juventud en el Madrid de principios de siglo. Paperbackpages.

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This book is not yet featured on Listopia. A valuable book narea what it has to say about 20th century Spain and their Civil War, but very long. Did I mention it’s long and takes a while to read?

Arturo Barea was a Spaniard born to a low-class washerwoman around the turn of the 20th century, yet raised by a well-off uncle in a bourgeois Madrid environment, setting him up for a unique role as an outsider to both castes: Though he doesn’t explicitly state it, these circumstances undoubtedly shaped Barea’s worldview and his socialist leanings; they made him hyper-sensitive to injustice and allowed him an outsider’s perspective on both the lower and upper classes, one he would exploit in this tome with an impressive gift for both observation and translation into prose.

The first book, “The Forge,” was a slog — the 1st half of it had flashes of beauty but was largely a painstaking depiction of the minutiae of his childhood setting. The 2nd book, “The Track,” continued the better pacing of the 2nd half of the 1st book and did well to depict the corruption and hypocrisy plaguing the Spanish military and government, in addition to Atturo growing disillusionment with the status quo.


This was the quickest read out of the three books and also the shortest, a coincidence I’m sure.

The 3rd book, “The Clash,” I sort of viewed as the main event. I came to this book after all from Orwell’s Homage to Cataloniaor perhaps it was from For Whom the Bell Tolls — in any case I’ve read and loved two books about the Forj Civil War and was eager to read a depiction from an actual Spaniard. And buried amidst all of the many thousands of words he wrote about it there is certainly a fascinating portrayal.

The problems were the extraneous tangents and descriptions, and the scattershot manner in which he narrated events. There was an unfortunate lack of context for the inter-party squabbling that was occurring, or regarding certain important political and military figures.

You could certainly glean the gist of the problem: But Barea assumes too much background knowledge of the events. I imagine this is because he was writing for an audience that was less than a decade removed from the War and just coming out of WWIIand consequently would have known explicitly or intuitively what he was talking about. Still, the lack of forethought in explaining things for a more ignorant future audience renders the book not necessarily dated, but certainly not timeless.

Also, a common complaint of mine for books over pages: His flowery descriptions of his youth in the first nearly pages were pretty, sure, and mildly informative even, but they could have been abrea condensed.

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Likewise, the last half of the last book is weighed down by pages of his teeth-gnashing over his nerves from the bombing. It’s poignant the first few times but quickly gets barwa and only serves to lower my esteem of Barea in the end, reinforcing the stereotype of a fragile, cowardly intellectual during wartime.

Likewise, the last odd pages of their time in Paris could have been excised completely. Basically, the book would have been much better had it been edited to under pages.

Barea also does a great job of exposing the hypocrisy and corruption of the Spanish elite, and then the tragic infighting and bureaucracy that undid the anti-fascist effort. But overall I can’t fully recommend this to anyone who is not already highly interested in the Spanish Civil War as I wasor in Spain from a century ago, or in socialism at its most elemental. If you’re only mildly interested in any of those things I unfortunately must advise you to instead try Orwell’s Homage to Cataloniaa shorter, better-structured account of the same period.


If you love it as much as I did you very well may want to move onto Barea’s version. Not Bad Reviews blakerosser Vemos a la gente: Supongo que simplemente se trata de libros diferentes: View all 4 comments.

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