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A Clergyman's Daughter

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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, by the hopelessness of preaching to the poor and by debts she cannot pay in 1930s Depression England. Suddenly her routine shatters and Dorothy finds her ...more
Paperback, Penguin Modern Classics, 250 pages
Published September 28th 2000 by Penguin Classics (first published 1935)
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MJ Nicholls
Mar 20, 2013 MJ Nicholls rated it really liked it
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
Edward
Feb 06, 2015 Edward rated it really liked it
A Note on the Text

--A Clergyman's Daughter
Sarah (Presto agitato)
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
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Barry Pierce
Dec 27, 2014 Barry Pierce rated it really liked it
Orwell wanted this novel destroyed after his death. This and Keep The Aspidistra Flying. Oddly, this and Aspidistra are two of my favourite Orwells. It’s a great little book about class and being down and out and basically it’s really Orwellian. A good old fashioned socialist novel. Orwell tries to emulate Joyce in this novel with a whole chapter being in the dramatic form and I personally think it works but it was one of its main criticism when it was released. It makes me sad that I’m nearly t ...more
Eslammohammed
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
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Sahar
Nov 02, 2015 Sahar rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
نسبت به سایر آثار اورول زبان روایی و حتی کل داستان سبکی معمولی تر و شاید ملموس تر داشت، انتخاب یک دختر و آن هم دختر یک کشیش به عنوان شخصیت اصلی داستان و بار کردن تمام آن اتفاقات ناگوار بر روحی لطیف و ظریف، انتخاب جسورانه ای بود برای نشان دادن سیاهی و دورویی حاکم بر تمام مسائل جامعه. درگیری با فقر، نگاه دوباره به اعتقادات و نهایتا مطرح شدن مهمترین سوال که هدف و معنای زندگی چیست در بهترین و ملموس ترین شکل ممکن تصویرسازی شده بود واگرچه از خودبیگانگی تحمیلی در این داستان به نحوی مرا به یاد مسخ کافکا ...more
Mozhde R
Aug 28, 2015 Mozhde R rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
کتاب عالی
مخصوصا لحظه انتخاب بین برگشتن به زندگی قبل یا ازدواج خیلی خوب توصیف شده بود
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
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Kenchiin
Jul 20, 2015 Kenchiin rated it liked it
This is like a parody of a parody of a parody of a parody of life.
Ana
full review below!

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
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Furqan
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
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Nadaalaali
تدور أحداث الرواية حول ابنة القس "دوروثي هير" والتي تعيش مع أبيها القس البخيل وتحاول جاهدة إدارة شؤون المنزل، والقيام بواجباتها المرتبطة بالكنيسة، وإبعاد شبح مطارادات الدائنين عنها قدر الإمكان.
تحت وطأة الضغط النفسي وفي ظروف غامضة تفقد دوروثي ذاكرتها وتجد نفسها فجأة في لندن وسط المتسولين: بلا مأوى ولا مال ولاشيء على الإطلاق سوى مستوى تعليمها الجيد ومسحة من أثر نعمة طافت يوما على وجهها. شيئا فشيئا ترجع لها ذاكرتها وتعود إلى حياتها السابقة بعد فترة بعد أن ذاقت حصتها من حياة البؤس والشقاء.
الأهم في
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Petra X
May 05, 2015 Petra X rated it did not like it
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.
Ali
Feb 22, 2015 Ali rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
رواية جيدة جداً، عند قرائتك لأعمال أورويل تدرك على الفور عمق ما يكتبه ويشير اليه بسخريته المعهودة، في تعرية الواقع وقول البديهي، ربما بداهة الأشياء تخفي عقمها وخداعها، وأورويل يتقن ذلك ببراعة.
يقدم في الفصل الأول لأزمة العلمنة والتدين في المجتمع الإنكليزي، لكن ما طرحه برأيي لا يختص بالمجتمع الإنكليزي إلا بالمسميات، فجوهر الصراع نفسه، أديان تتحلل لطوائف ويندثر الروحاني فيها لتبقى الطقوس، ويظهر بعبقرية صراع الطقوس هذا والسباق المحموم بين الكنائس التي تنتمي إلى طوائف مختلفة في نزعتها للتمسك بالطقسي،
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umberto
Dec 29, 2014 umberto rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction
This is another novel I read and haven't written any review due to, I think, all urgent work before my full retirement as of September, 2008. In fact, I read it in 2005, that is, nearly 5 years ago after I'd decided to keep reading this one. Of course, this isn't a well-known or famous one since it's George Orwell's first novel, in other words, his literary debut first published in 1935.

In brief, it's a story of a young woman, Dorothy senselessly intimidated by her father, who is tolerant toward
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Brandon
Jan 22, 2010 Brandon rated it really liked it
Shelves: four, 2010
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.

[Spoilers 1:]
When Dorothy first revealed that she had lost her faith, I was beyond shocked. I couldn't believe that such a revelation was
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Alexander
Oct 22, 2009 Alexander rated it liked it
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
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Vienna
Feb 04, 2016 Vienna rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: did-not-finish
I understand why Orwell hated this book himself and didn't want it to be published. I read the first 20 pages and it's so boring and meh that I decided to dnf it. Maybe I will try in the future, but who knows.
Hayel Barakat
اورويل في هذه الرواية يقوم بتغطية مفهوم الاستبداد والظلم وتسلط الدين الكنّسي على الحياة الاجتماعية باسلوبه القصصي الكئيب المليء بالسواد
Sabah
Dec 04, 2015 Sabah rated it it was ok
One of my least favourite Orwell novels and I can only say that Orwell does not write women well. I found the protagonist Dorothy very much a cardboard figure and failed to relate to her at all.

I struggled to finish this book and was rather disappointed as expectations had been much greater. Still having said that my love for Keep the Aspidistra Flying allows me to overlook Mr Orwell’s faux pas in writing such a two dimensional character.

Read if you are an Orwell fan and make your own judgement.
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AmirHosein
Oct 23, 2014 AmirHosein rated it it was ok
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
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Judy
Apr 12, 2008 Judy rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: anyone interested in Orwell and/or the 1930s
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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
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Dana Loo
Jun 16, 2015 Dana Loo rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Una storia molto dura in cui traspare l'impegno e la denuncia sociale (Chiesa anglicana e sistema scolastico privato inglese) dell'autore che descrive le amare vicissitudini di una giovane donna dal carattere remissivo,docile, ligia agli ordini, incapace di ribellarsi alle tirannie di un padre egoista, rigido e accentratore,esponente altezzoso della Chiesa anglicana, arrivando persino ad autoinfliggersi punizioni corporali per vincere le sue piccole, umane debolezze ed espiare le sue colpe.
Obera
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Ghadamamostafa
Feb 06, 2016 Ghadamamostafa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
أتفهمها
أتفهم شعور تلك التي ولدت في مكان متدين بالظاهر
أخذت الدين كما أخذت لون عينيها و شعرها و سماتها الشكلية من والديها
البعض يحيا بسلام و يموت بسلام دون أن يكتشف أن دينه كان ميراثُا لا اقتناعًا
البعض الآخر تزلزله الحياة
و تمتحنه بما لم يكن يتوقع حدوثه
يفر إيمان الوراثة
و يبقى الإحساس بالذنب و الخواء
تهيم على وجهها الحياة في الداخل
و تتخبط
ما بين إحساس بالذنب ممتزج بالخوف مما حدث
و ما بين التغيير الفعلي الحادث
قد ينتصر الخوف من التغيير الحادث رغم التسليم بأمر حدوثه كما حدث لدوروثي
و قد ينتصر التغيير ذاته
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Zainab
Jun 14, 2015 Zainab rated it liked it
"تتغير الاشياء في عقلك ، بعدها يتغير العالم كله ، لأنك ستنظر لها بشكل مختلف "
J.
I cannot believe this is considered one of his "weaker" works. It is an absolute masterpiece.
This work is mesmerizing, intimate, psychologically complex and structurally unusual. I cannot really understand what aspect of it is so affecting, but there is something about it that stays with you once you finish. Its one of those works that has the ability to change, you were one person before you read it, and now perhaps you are another. The only parallel I can draw, and other commented on this is w
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Lara
Apr 23, 2016 Lara rated it it was ok
Dorothy leads a monotonous life with endless chores and is practically living as a slave to her father. At no time does she perceive this as wrong or longs for anything better – on the contrary – after events take her from one ill fortune to the next, she finds herself longing for home.

What is with all these aspidistra? I have yet to read Keep the Aspidistra Flying but George Orwell seems to mention this plant in almost every book of his I read. Anyway;

I am not sure what this book was trying to
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Ryan Williams
Jul 21, 2015 Ryan Williams rated it liked it
'A Clergyman's Daughter is bollox.'
George Orwell.

Harsh words, but then Orwell was always his own harshest critic. Although this was Orwell's second published novel, it was his first to appear in England. It's an oddity of a book. Part reportage, part playlet, part social comedy, part satire - all crushed together. Critics of the time panned it. Orwell, one reviewer confidently pronounced, had as much chance of reaching James Joyce's stature as a tit had of reaching an eagle's.

Writing female char
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Oria
Dec 16, 2011 Oria rated it liked it
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
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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.

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“It is a mysterious thing, the loss of faith—as mysterious as faith itself.” 15 likes
“Those things don’t really matter. I mean, things like having no money and not having enough to eat. Even when you’re practically starving - it doesn’t change anything inside you. Oh well, it’s beastly while it’s happening, of course; but it doesn’t make any real difference; it’s the things that happen inside you that matter.’
‘Meaning?’ said Mr. Warburton.
‘Oh - things change in your mind. And then the whole world changes, because you look at it differently.”
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