A Collection of Essays
George Orwell's collected nonfiction, written in the clear-eyed and uncompromising style that earned him a critical following
One of the most thought-provoking and vivid essayists of the twentieth century, George Orwell fought the injustices of his time with singular vigor through pen and paper. In this selection of essays, he ranges from reflections on his boyhood school...more
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14 well-written essays by Eric Arthur Blair (1903-1950) also known as George Orwell. It covers a wide range of topics from his childhood, Spanish Civil War, Mahatma Gandhi, Charles Dickens, Rudyard Kipling, Jewish religion, politics, etc to his shooting of an elephant while serving as a police in Burma. Perfectly-written in his trademark direct, clear and taut writing the style that I first encountered in his political satirical sci-fi 1984 and...more
"In these essays, Orwell’s essential message is that clear writing is a product of clear thinking, and, conversely, often muddled writing is a consequence of muddled thinking, so it’s a great plea for clarity of thought allied to clarity of expression. My favourite is ‘Politics and the English Language’,...more
Good bad books. Essay by George Orwell.
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A fine collection of essays, written in clear, evocative prose, on subjects as varied as the fiction of Charles Dickens, Rudyard Kipling, Boys Magazines, "Politics and the English," "Why I Write," and what it means to be an English person.
I was particularly fond of the essays on Dickens and Kipling, respectively. Dickens has received, Orwell notes, a bad reputation as a sentimentalist and a moralist, even while he has been appropriated by Marxists and Catholics (and other conserv...more
Charles Dickens : Four stars, and serious impetus via a critical encomium of a true Eng...more
For these reasons, two stand-out essays in this volume for me we...more
Seriously though, his writing makes me want to stand up and cheer. I even read the long-ass essay about Dickens, and I don't give a crap for Dickens. GENIUS.
This essay is about Orwell's school years and also somewhat of a criticism of the educational system of the time. A section that I found particularly amusing was on how the English treated the Scottish Highlanders: "The pretended belief in Scottish superiority (At Orwell's school; they had an obsession with Scotland) was a cover of the bad conscience of the occupying English, who had pushed the Highland peasantry off their farms to make way for the deer forests, and t...more
There is this slipping adventure. I feel it is walking through my soul, and evading my conscience. Why do I feel? How do I feel?
I just can’t find the answers. This book just summarized some of the famous people around, but I didn’t enjoy it.
Of course I learned about Donald McGill and Rudy, but is it what I really wish to learn?
Oh God! What is it that I’m missing. Don...more
Several of these essays had a significant im...more
And granted, there is some seriously anachronistic stuff here. Some real snoozers that are stuck so firmly in time and place that only the most devoted anglophiles or Orwellians would be interested ('The Art of Donald McGill', 'England Your England', 'Boys' Weeklies').
But the majority of essays are written with ter...more
While Dubliners baffled me at times, I love Orwell's writing. These essays have a lot to do with that. His genius is seen clearly here. Well worth the read.
The first essay in this collection really reminded me of how good an author Orwell was. However, I was rather lost throughout the second essay since it was a review itself of Charles Dickens, who I have not read very much. The next couple of essays also deal with more topical issues which I had a harder time being interested in.
That being said, the two essays in the middle of the book are very interesting. "Shooting an Ele...more
Considered perhaps the twentieth century's best chronicler of English culture, Orwell wrote fi...more