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3.44 of 5 stars 3.44  ·  rating details  ·  2,250 ratings  ·  141 reviews
Intimidated by her father, the rector of Knype Hill, Dorothy performs her submissive roles of dutiful daughter and bullied housekeeper. Her thoughts are taken up with the costumes she is making for the church school play. Suddenly her routine shatters and Dorothy finds herself down and out in London.
Paperback, Penguin Modern Classics, 250 pages
Published September 28th 2000 by Penguin Books (first published 1935)
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MJ Nicholls
Orwell sharpens his satiric knives in this early novel about Dorothy and her life of perpetual misery living in a backward petit bourgeois town. Capturing the pure hell of ill-bred country folk and hateful religious fustians, Orwell creates a sense of smothering hopelessness as his heroine finds herself among homeless hop-pickers, sweating for twelve hours in fields and sleeping in haylofts, and later working for starvation wages under a tyrannical crone who epitomises the penny-pinching meannes...more
Sarah (Warning: Potentially Off-Topic)
A Clergyman’s Daughter, George Orwell’s second novel, is the story of Dorothy Hare, the uncomplaining daughter of a selfish, demanding rector. She lives a simple life visiting parishioners and tending to her father’s needs until she inexplicably wakes up one day on the London streets with no idea who she is or how she got there, and without a penny to her name.

This rather contrived plot serves as a framework for a series of essay-like episodes laced with Orwell’s characteristic biting social cri...more
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reading in progress, but i have a couple of minutes for a few ideas i'll develop later on in the review.

- i love this.
- i really love this.
- main character, a believable woman, Dorothy, she's smart, but the smartness is triggered through her liberation from her former life
- the narrative has a few glitches - like, what happened with her memory? i have 50 more pages to go, maybe i'll find out!!
- the use of the adjective "subhuman" reffering to an 11 year old girl's glance to...more
Petra Xtra Crunchy
A book to be avoided at all costs if you like Orwell and want to keep thinking he was such a consistently good writer and storyteller. On the other hand, if you hated 1984 in school and are looking for ammunition against him, this book is it. Plus point: the book is very short.
Abu Hasan
يعرف معظم القراء أورويل من خلال "مزرعة الحيوانات" و"1984" (التي لم أقرأها بعد للأسف)، لذا فإن روايته هذه قد تبدو للوهلة الأولى منتمية لجنس أدبي مغاير، بعدم تطرقها للسياسة تصريحا أو تلميحا؛ غير أنها، بعد مطالعتها، لا تخرج عن الإطار العام لروايتي أورويل الشهيرتين، ألا وهو النقد اللاذع، لكنه هنا نقد للمنظومة الإجتماعية، حيث ينتقد: العائلة، الدين / الكنيسة، الطبقية الإجتماعية، الريف / المدينة، والنظام التعليمي
تعيش بطلة الرواية "دوروثي" في الريف، مع أب أرمل بخيل رجعي متزمت وغير مسؤول، في قرية صغيرة ل...more
At first I thought I would be disappointed and was disturbed that I could think such a think of an Orwell book. The first chapter was incredibly slow goings; alas, the story became infinitely more interesting. It became more and more intense and dramatic as the narrative went along. By the time I reached the last chapter I was on the proverbial edge of my seat.

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When Dorothy first revealed that she had lost her faith, I was beyond shocked. I couldn't believe that such a revelation was...more
هذه الرواية ليست ف جوهرها كما تبدو أبدااا، من يعرف عالم أورويل جيدا سيتبنى هذا التفسير،،،تعليقى به قدر من الغموض، وكذلك النص أمامنا،،،أورويل ينتقد وبعنف الثنائيات المعهودة اﻹيمان/العدمية، الطبقية/المثالية الإجتماعية، العبودية/الحرية،،، زيف ونفاق بنية المجتمع الكهنوتى/العلمانى،،،
دوروثى تحكى قصتى، قصتك، قصتنا جميعا من نعانى ف داخلنا من طوفان المتناقضات الفكرية والسلوكية، مايجب ومالايجب، أنا أم الناس، الناس أم هو/هى،،، دوروثى هذه المخلصة،الحمقاء،النبيلة،البائسة هى أنا بقدر ف عالم مواز،،،
لن أشير إل...more
I enjoyed this book, though some sections were much better than others. The post-industrial revolution / pre-social reform period was a harrowing one in a lot of countries -- unfettered capitalism is a horrible thing for the masses, as we learned very recently here in the States. Orwell's description of the for-profit, unregulated educational system was both scary and funny.

The book slowed in spots, and his thoughts on faith, though poignant, will be familiar to anyone who's taken a college-leve...more
Apr 12, 2008 Judy rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: anyone interested in Orwell and/or the 1930s
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Ah, Orwell, I fell in love with your writing ever since I read "1984". I loved your clean, uncomplicated prose, the despair and sadness of your characters, the uncluttered narrative of your books. That is why I regret not buying “Why I Write”, a book of yours I picked up and then let go. But I will get it one day, I promise.

Despite of my admiration for your work – I loved "Burmese Days" and "1984", of course – I found "A Clergyman’s Daughter" a rather dull book in the beginning. Life as the unm...more
This is the first time I’ve read Orwell and even though A Clergyman’s Daughter is not one of his acclaimed works (that reputation being reserved for Animal Farm and 1984) I greatly enjoyed reading this book. 5 stars!

The story is set in 1930s England, at the time of Great Depression, and follows the life of Dorothy Hare, the daughter of a parish Clergyman. Dorothy, bullied by her irascible and complacent father, drudges through her obligatory duties willingly (e.g. doing the domestic chores, ag...more
Probably more of a 3.5, but not strong enough to be a full four. His eye for detail and his description of life on the streets and for the poorer classes in England is true and solid here. But I found myself wanting more from Dorothy's internal life, though perhaps her struggle is as simple and basic as he portrays it.
Written in 1935, two years after the non-fiction “Down and Out in Paris and London”, the story draws from personal experience and is obviously the result of meticulous research

Naïve Rector’s daughter Dorothy lives a monotonous life, acting as unpaid curate for her father and getting involved with parish life, trying to manage on a meagre budget and to ignore the poisonous tongue of gossip Mrs Semprill. She accepts her lot without complaint, but one day she wakes up in London with no recollection...more
Lorenzo Berardi
com·ple·tist /kəmˈplētist/
"An obsessive, typically indiscriminate, collector or fan of something".

Ah, I like this one. I am an obsessive - although not indiscriminate - collector of something: books.
Now, my problem with George Orwell is that I liked, if not adored, all that I read by him, which is pretty much all that the man wrote. With one exception: "A Clergyman's Daughter".

I knew that Orwell himself disowned this novel deciding to don't have it reprinted during his lifetime. However, unlike...more
This one is among my favorites. It had the strengths of many different styles of writing at once. The story had the humor and sarcaism of Dickens, the settings had the tone and statement of Steinbeck, and the themes had the conflict and debate of Palahniuk.

As Dorothy is searching to find who she is and then for a way to get home, she is also searching to find what she believes and why she lives. As she is doing this, the reader can tell that the narrator is asking himself the same questions, and...more
اسلوب جورج اورويل كلش ممل بالكتابة , يصف المشهد الواحد بكل تفاصيلة بحيث بالكوة خلصتهة الرواية ب 4 ايام وهي كلهة 347صفحة ...بس عجبتني الرواية وشلون نقل واقع المجتمع الريفي وطريقة تفكيرهم والاهم من هذا خلتلي امل انه ممكن بيوم من الايام يتغير مجتمعنا لأن الغرب سابقا كانو اسوء من المجتمع اللي دا نعيشة حاليا لذلك اكو امل ^_^
Do you believe in God? Yes, you say? Perhaps the answer is no? Yes, no, maybe, I don't care; the answer doesn't really matter because this novel points to a singular outcome for all of us. Death. Death of the body, of the soul, and of faith. A seminal and recommended reading to all of those who have even an inkling of interest in anything and everything spiritual. Be warned, you will have a very different outlook on life afterwards. Just like 1984, this book is meant to awaken and change percept...more
Orwell's grand attempt at modernism is a complete and utter failure, to the point where Orwell himself disowned it as nothing more than an experiment that was only published because he needed the money (which is as a fair a motive as any). However, in the context of his other work and Orwell's development as a writer, it is fascinating to see one of the masters of plain prose trying to combine that with modernist techniques pulled straight from the pages of the likes of Joyce. 'tis a shame that...more
بسم الله.
کتاب دختر کشیش نوشته ی جرج اورول نمایش سختی های ناگهانی به وجود آمده در زندگی دختر کشیشی ست که تا قبل از آن بزرگترین نگرانی ها و دغدغه های زندگی اش مشکلاتی پیش پا افتاده بود و خداوند را با عمق وجودش پرستش می کرده. اما بعد از افتادن در دام فقر می فهمد که در جامعه ی انگلستان "پول" است که خدایی می کند. خدا و ایمان و هر آنچه از اعتقاد در وجودش بوده به یک باره از او دور می شود و دوروتی نمی داند که چه اتفاقی افتاده است.
کتاب خلاء های زیاد و بزرگی داشت. باور کردن این که نویسنده ی این کتاب همان...more
Pete F
I have read this novel by George Orwell a number of times. Not only is it one of his lesser known books, it was one he wasn't pleased with himself, and called it a potboiler, written at a time when he needed the money (This was, of course, before he became well-known as the writer of Animal Farm and Nineteen Eighty-Four).

Actually, I think Orwell was wrong about this, his attitude to his novel, that is. I think it is rather good, except the boring and repetitive dialogue of the tramps about half...more
Abeer Saleh
في بلدة صغيرة لايتجاوز سكانها الألفي شخص، يعيش القِسّ "تشارلز" وابنته "دوروثي" والتي تقوم بجميع الأعمال المتعلقة بالكنيسة سواء داخل جدرانها القديمة أم خارجها، بالإضافة إلى القيام بأعمال منزلهم الصغير الذي يجمعها مع والدها البخيل، وخادمة كسولة لا تستيقظ قبل السابعة صباحًا.

وخلاصًا وهربًا من تلك الضغوط تفقد "دوروثي" ذاكرتها، لتجدَ نفسها مع مجموعة من المتسولين المشرّدين تشاركهم طريقهم للعمل في إحدى مزارع الريف في موسم الحصاد، ثم تعود لها ذاكرتها لتدرك حجم الشائعات التي تعرّضت لها بابتعادها عن بلدتها...more
Dan Jardine
In a perfect world, I'd be allowed half stars, as this is really a 3.5 star book. A (much) lesser known Orwell, but a compelling look at the relatively unhappy life of Dorothy, the 27 year-old daughter of a miserable and uninspiring clergyman of a dwindling parish. The 1930s small town English setting populated by equally small-minded characters come under Orwell's fire early and often, but this is the least interesting or insightful aspect of the novel. That is reserved for the novel's middle s...more
رواية لجورج أورويل؛ تتحدث عن حياة فتاة قروية؛ حميلة؛ كمساعدة كقس؛ في ما يتعلق بأعمال الكنيسة؛ من إعداد العشاء الرباني، وزيارة البيوت، والقيام بأعمال الدعوة؛ لصالح الكنيسة؛ بالإضافة إلى تعليم المرشدات؛ الهاضة بالكنيسة، والمشاعدة في انتاج المسرحيات، والمهرجانات الكنسية؛ وهي في نفس الوقت؛ ابنة ذلك القس؛ التي لديها أعمال منزلية؛ فيما يخص أبيها الأرمل، من خدمة، وطعام، ونحوه.. والدها القس؛ البخيل؛ الذي همه الأكبر الاستثمار في الأسهم... إلا أنه يُعاني من التشدد في الممارسات الكنسية؛ أو ما يُسمى بالسلفي...more
Where are the George Orwells and Graham Greene's of this age? They were not afraid to tackle the most difficult and painful subjects of human existence. In this novel, Orwell gives us the story of Dorothy (the clergyman's daughter) whose life progresses from insufferably bad to the worst depths of destitution, then out of the depths to a terrible penurious existence, finally back to where she started, which is no comfort to her. In the process, she loses her religious faith, which is a liberatin...more
A Clergyman's daughter is a well written tale of a woman battling with poverty and a crisis in faith. Although the book is largely poignant, there are excerpts that are so brilliantly written that it makes you laugh or at least crack a smile. I think it is this well placed humour amidst a serious tale that I quite enjoyed about this particular book. His observations on faith and education and all other things discussed in the book are remarkably relevant even to this day. Dorothy's experience as...more
James MacIntyre
Not Orwell's best, but a strong novel nonetheless. Dorothy is a pitiful but lovable character. Chapter 3, which is all in dramatic form, is unbelievably annoying though; so much so it cost it a 'star' in my rating.
Lauren Foster
It was nice to read a George Orwell book that has a woman as the main character. This was my first look into George Orwell's interest in poverty. I learnt a little about picking hops too.
محمد النّعاس
جورج أورويل يضع سلسلة من الروائع الأدبية في رواية واحدة،
يصف مجتمعاً بأكمله في شخصية واحدة، المتدينون بهوسهم اللاهوتي، العمال بهوسهم في الحصول على مال، المتشردون الباحثون عن مأكل ومسكن فقط، والأغنياء والأغبياء وكل شيء في رواية واحدة فقط.
في هذه الرواية يختفي جزء من رائحة حياة أورويل، فحياة التشرد التي عاشها ساعدته جداً في وصف ضنك الحياة في شوارع لندن القاسية، حياة العمال ساعدته في صنع مشاهد رائعة، وهناك فصل كامل مسرحي يقول لك، هذا الكاتب يجب أن يكون كاتباً مسرحياً.
أما عن الفصل الأخير ففلسفة لاهوتي...more
Francis Bruynseels
Read during holiday in madeira and porto santo. I will now always associate the two together.

Sadly it completes my canon of the six Orwell novels. The book as a whole is powerful. Parts of this book are really very good, comparable with Orwell at his best. Some parts are awful - I'm thinking of the 'scripted' thirty pages in the middle among the tramps in Trafalgar Square. Also tedious was quite a lot of Dorothy's daily routine and the hop picking. By contrast the school sections were excellent...more
Amer Saleh
من يبدأ بقراءة هذه الرواية، لن يرى فيها حتى اللحظات الأخيرة شيئاً من "مزرعة الحيوانات" أو "1984"، بل ولربما سيشكك أيضاً أن جورج أورول هو من كتبها. ولكن في النهاية سيصلك جواب يرد على كل هذا. أتؤمن بالله؟ نعم؟ لربما على جوابك أن يكون لا؟ سواء كان جوابك نعم أم لا أم ربما أم لا أهتم بذلك، فإن الأمر لا يهم حقاً، فكلها في النهاية ستفضي إلى نتيجة واحدة بعد قراءتك لهذه الرواية.

هذه الرواية التي بدأها أورول بسن سكاكينه على حياة دوروثي ابنة القس المملة، وحياتها البائسة في بيئة بائسة، وهي ترعى أباها والكني...more
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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.

Between 1941 and 1943, Orwell worked on propaganda for the BBC. In 1943, he became literary ed...more
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“It is a mysterious thing, the loss of faith—as mysterious as faith itself.” 14 likes
“And in every detail of your life, if no ultimate purpose redeemed it, there was a quality of greyness, of desolation, that could never be described, but which you could feel like a physical pang at your heart. Life, if the grave really ends it, is monstrous and dreadful. No use trying to argue it away. Think of life as it really is, think of the details of life; and then think that there is no meaning in it, no purpose, no goal except the grave. Surely only fools or self-deceivers, or those whose lives are exceptionally fortunate, can face that thought without flinching?” 3 likes
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