Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “Collected Essays, Journalism and Letters of George Orwell Volume 2 My Country Right or Left 1940 - 1943” as Want to Read:
Collected Essays, Journalism and Letters of George Orwell Volume 2 My Country Right or Left 1940 - 1943
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

Collected Essays, Journalism and Letters of George Orwell Volume 2 My Country Right or Left 1940 - 1943

by
4.3  ·  Rating Details ·  419 Ratings  ·  21 Reviews
A record of a great writer's nonfiction work and an evolving picture of the last years of his life, during the time when he published Animal Farm and 1984.
Paperback, 0 pages
Published June 1st 1971 by Harcourt (first published 1968)
More Details... edit details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

Be the first to ask a question about Collected Essays, Journalism and Letters of George Orwell Volume 2 My Country Right or Left 1940 - 1943

Community Reviews

(showing 1-30)
filter  |  sort: default (?)  |  Rating Details
Mitchell
Feb 27, 2014 Mitchell rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This second volume of Orwell’s collected works cover the period from 1940-1943. This was a time when Orwell had published several novels and made a name for himself as an investigative journalist and socialist writer, and as such there are far fewer letters to other writers and far more published opinion pieces and articles.

Given that the book covers the opening years of World War II, when Orwell was living in London, I was disappointed to find that surprisingly little of the book involved the w
...more
Kathy
The Essays, Journalism and Letters of Orwell, My Country Right or Left was an interesting writing collection by George Orwell. This collection wasn’t the book wasn’t what I expected. Then the last half the book with is wartime diary was just flat out fascinating.

I won’t lie, when I read George Orwell in high school, it left a mark on me. I ate up both 1984 and Animal Farm. The critique he had on society was so interesting and dark. So I was interested in reading more from him. I requested this b
...more
Rob
Jul 05, 2013 Rob rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
How did it feel to be involved in WW2? This book gives an insight into one mans war namely George Orwell. He of course is not an average or neutral observer but to have have someones reactions recorded as they occurred is always more interesting than hindsight or hearsay.
Orwell's essays are an absolute pleasure to read. He must be one of the best essayists in the English language. They (the essays) are an exposition of clarity and style which any writer of any kind should have as something to me
...more
Joe
Aug 27, 2007 Joe rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fascists
With Hitler and the Nazis bombing down his door in this second volume of essays and letters, Orwell manages to still knock out a few (477 pages worth) peices on England, the War, and the potential end of literature as we know it. It's the blitz baby and George is right there taking it all down in his diary, letters and essays as he reflects on Shakespeare, the Spanish Civil War and tea. Whether you are a facist, communist or just plain British, Orwell has something to say to you.
Ecoute Sauvage
Feb 14, 2013 Ecoute Sauvage rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
One of the most pitilessly, admirably, honest observers ever. Was early to join the now-unpopular school of thought that held Winston Churchill to be a coward (viz: Gallipoli) and a fraud (viz: loading arms on to the Lusitania, a civilian passenger ship). His integrity shines throughout.
Patrick Butler
Feb 16, 2012 Patrick Butler rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One of the few true democratic liberals,a man with conscience,and aware always about power and how it absolutely corrupts...One of the great political thinkers. His takes on
Literature and the war are just so good.He was wrong about a few things,but right on the important stuff.
Xan Holbrook
Mar 26, 2016 Xan Holbrook rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Pugnacious yet erudite, tough but compassionate, one of the best writers to have ever drawn breath.
blakeR
When I started this Orwell was my favorite author ever, and one volume of his most personal writings have done nothing to change that status. His typically clear, incisive prose is on full display, while his perpetually calm and reasoned attitude -- especially when speaking about his contemporaries -- continues to give him an aura of being the only adult in a room full of squabbling children. It's very hard to disagree with him when he uses such plain logic.

Orwell's opinion on other writers and
...more
Matthew
Jul 07, 2015 Matthew rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
If Volume 1 was a portrait of the writer as a young socialist, then part two is when George Orwell goes to war.

It is a little difficult to tell, since the four volumes are misleadingly referred to as Orwell’s collected non-fiction whilst admitting to some editing and omission in the introduction. However, what appears to come across is that Orwell has almost a monomania in his writing about whatever issue is most current in his mind.

At the time of the Spanish Civil War, then this preoccupied hi
...more
Sidharth Vardhan
The following is my list of chosen articles (in order of importance)
1. No, Not One
2. The Lion and the Unicorn
3. New Words
4. Looking Back on the Spanish War
5. The Frontiers of Art and Propaganda
6. Tolstoy and Shakespeare
7. Wells, Hitler and the World State
8. Review of Mein Kampf by Adolf Hitler
9. Poetry and the Microphone
10. Review of Beggar My Neighbor by Lionel Fielden
11. The Art of Donald McGill
12. Charles Reade
13. Rudyard Kipling
14. The Rediscovery of Europe
15. Pamphlet Literature
16
...more
Mary Catelli
More essays than letters, unlike the first volume -- an interesting view into the era. Ends with about a hundred pages of diary.

Has reviews, here, too, though more general than the last volume, which had a number that concentrated on the Spanish Civil War. Has rather more general essays on literature and writing. In one, he decries the practice of degrading writers because they hold the wrong opinions -- though a few essays earlier, he is writing on Yeats, who described a hierarchical society wi
...more
J.T Wootton
Aug 01, 2014 J.T Wootton rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This essay sums up Orwell's feelings after World War One. His ability to pick out moments in history and describe, at least from his perspective, the mindset of others in his position is key to many of these shorter essays. For the most part it seems to be about the transition of the memories held by those involved in war efforts in comparison to those who were not involved in them. He cites his own experience of how trendy pacifism was for him but how it inevitably left him cold when he interac ...more
J.M. Hushour
Feb 21, 2013 J.M. Hushour rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Given the period of this 2nd collection, it is hardly surprising that most of Orwell's writings here focus on the outbreak of WW II. The letters he wrote to the Partisan Review in America and the number of "war diary" entries certainly focus on this and are of only historical interest as a window into England's internal political situation at the time. There are though, as always,a number of gems: "Tolstoy and Shakespeare", "The Frontiers of Art & Propaganda", "The Art of Donald McGill" (a r ...more
Malcolm
Much of what Orwell was writing then could be written now.

A fantastic collection of not simply how the country was but also an insight into understanding what we are today
Alex
Oct 12, 2010 Alex rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Didn't read the whole book since political journalism is the last thing I'm interested in. But the lit crit part of it is great.
Craig Bolton
My Country Right or Left 1940-1943: The Collected Essays Journalism & Letters of George Orwell (Collected Essays Journalism and Letters of George Orwell) by Sonia Orwell (2000)
Dave Newman
Dave Newman rated it really liked it
Nov 18, 2014
Stephen Marotta
Stephen Marotta rated it it was amazing
Dec 22, 2011
Michael Bennett
Michael Bennett rated it liked it
Nov 23, 2015
Martin
Martin rated it liked it
Jan 11, 2012
Thomas Cooper
Thomas Cooper rated it really liked it
Sep 07, 2016
Jason
Jason rated it really liked it
Aug 11, 2010
Adrian Colley
Adrian Colley rated it really liked it
Aug 18, 2012
Vikas Lather
Vikas Lather rated it liked it
Oct 01, 2013
David
David rated it really liked it
Oct 10, 2011
Bryan
Bryan rated it it was amazing
May 13, 2007
Matt
Matt rated it liked it
May 13, 2008
Shahram
Shahram rated it it was amazing
Feb 19, 2009
Tara Kheir
Tara Kheir rated it it was amazing
Aug 13, 2014
Terry
Terry rated it liked it
Nov 06, 2007
« previous 1 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 next »
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Be the first to start one »
  • Prepared for the Worst: Selected Essays and Minority Reports
  • Turning the Tide: US Intervention in Central America & the Struggle for Peace
  • Will to Power: The Philosophy of Friedrich Nietzsche
  • Forgotten Armies: The Fall of British Asia, 1941-1945
  • George Orwell: A Life
  • George Orwell: The Authorised Biography
  • The Vintage Mencken
  • The Berlin-Baghdad Express: The Ottoman Empire and Germany's Bid for World Power
  • Fracture: Life and Culture in the West, 1918-1938
  • The Debate on the Constitution : Federalist and Antifederalist Speeches, Articles and Letters During the Struggle over Ratification, Part Two: January to August 1788 (Library of America)
  • Evil Paradises: Dreamworlds of Neoliberalism
  • The Syrian Rebellion
  • The Second Common Reader
  • Terrorism and Communism: A Reply to Karl Kautsky
3706
Eric Arthur Blair, better known by his pen name George Orwell, was an English author and journalist. His work is marked by keen intelligence and wit, a profound awareness of social injustice, an intense opposition to totalitarianism, a passion for clarity in language, and a belief in democratic socialism.

In addition to his literary career Orwell served as a a police officer with the Indian Imperia
...more
More about George Orwell...

Share This Book



“A totalitarian state is in effect a theocracy, and its ruling caste, in order to keep its position, has to be thought of as infallible. But since, in practice, no one is infallible, it is frequently necessary to rearrange past events in order to show that this or that mistake was not made, or that this or that imaginary triumph actually happened.” 15 likes
More quotes…