Videos & Films
All Issues of 1941
All General Interest/Literary Periodicals
, September 1941 Issue
Send As Email
Table of Contents
Uncorrected Raw Text
the chic, subtle and romantic aspects of contemporary, fashion-
able life arouses the hope that one day he may make a book about
Paris-the Siren City at all seasons-particularly perhaps in her
midsummer zenith of season. That this tentative suggestion may
smack of ingratitude to the present volume is the last wish of the
reviewer. Here is a delightful divertissement, charmingly produced
-a bombe en surprise. In Cecil Beaton's art it is always the birth-
day morning-the eve of the Ball, the rise of the curtain.
The Forge. By Arturo Barea. Translated from the Spanish, with an
introduction by Sir Peter Chalmers Mitchell. Faber & Faber.
IF some Russian writer were at this moment to produce a book
of reminiscences of his childhood in 1900, it would be difficult to
review it without mentioning the fact that Soviet Russia is now
our ally against Germany, and in the same way it is impossible to
read The Forge without thinking at almost every page of the
Spanish Civil War. In fact there is no direct connection, for the
book deals only with Senor Barea's early youth and ends in 1914.
But the civil war made a deep and painful impression on the
English intelligentsia, deeper, I should say, that has yet been made
by the war now raging. The man in the street, misled by frivolous
newspapers, ignored the whole business, the rich mechanically
sided with the enemies of the working class, but to all thinking
and decent people the war was a terrible tragedy that has made
the word 'Spain' inseparable from the thought of burnt bodies
and starving children. One seems to hear the thunder of future
battles somewhere behind Senor Barea's pages, and it is as a sort of
prologue to the civil war, a picture of the society that made it
possible, that his book is most likely to be valued.
He was born into a very poor family, the son actually of a
washerwoman, but with uncles and aunts who were slightly richer
than his mother. In Catholic countries the clever boy of a peasant
family finds his easiest escape from manual labour in the priest-
hood, but Senor Barea, who had anticlerical relatives and was an
early unbeliever himself, after winning a scholarship at a Church
school, went to work at thirteen in a draper's shop, and after-
wards in a bank. All his good memories are of country places,
Table of Contents
The Art of Donald McGill
by George Orwell, pp. 153-163 -
by Robert Greacen, p. 164 -
Winter and Summer
by Stephen Spender, p. 165 -
by Anonymous, pp. 166-171 -
(v) The Creation of a Class
Joyce's Chapters on Going Forth by Day
by Frank Budgen, pp. 172-191 -
In the Square
by Elizabeth Bowen, pp. 192-199 -
by Philip Hendy, pp. 200-206 -
by Earl of Antrim, pp. 207-227 -
"Paying Tuition to a Giant Hedge Fund"
Send Current Web Page as an Email:
Use basic HTML tags for styling in comments
Use Extended Options
Include Self BCC
Print PDF Pages:
The PDF printing module is not yet available. However, individual PDF pages
may currently be printed by activating the [Toolbar] option and
using the Toolbar Print feature.
Save This Search and Its Results
Normally, a Search and its results will disappear within about an hour.
However, you can save this Search and its results for future reference
Remember Me Here
Forgot Your Password?
No Account? Create an Account with easy
Make a Donation Supporting UNZ.org and Its Content Providers
This web site provides all its written content free of charge to everyone on the Internet, under permanent license from the publishers, authors, and other holders of the given copyrights.
If you feel you derived some benefit from reading this article or book, we hope that you will consider making a voluntary donation to those who made this possible.
In considering the amount of any donation, please consider the value you believe you derived from this material, and the time you spent reading it.
Consider further the weeks, months, or even years of enormous effort that went into producing the work, and the generosity of the author in making it freely available to everyone on the Internet, many of whom are students or others financially unable to provide any donation.
Finally, please realize that your donations will also encourage other writers and publishers to make their content freely available on the Internet.
Sending Donation of