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Diaries by George Orwell
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Jul 28, 11

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This starts well with an account of Orwell slumming it with Kentish hop-pickers, albeit that much of the material was reproduced in A Clergyman's Daughter and elsewhere. Then follow various diaries which largely repeat world events (albeit epochal ones) with relatively little comment, and endless accounts of how many eggs the hens have laid. This definitely starts to pall after a while. I didn't get more than 40% through the book.

I love Orwell, he's a great treasure as a writer and was an almost wholly admirable man. I have therefore read every novel, short story, newspaper article, many letters, etc etc (plus the 2 main biographies of his life). All of which is always well-written, frequently interesting or entertaining, sometimes very moving... but the only bits of this stuff which are of any real merit were recycled/used in articles and stories by Orwell ages ago. I just can't see why they bothered publishing it in the first place and if any of Orwell's direct successors authorised this then I am very disappointed in them for doing so.
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message 1: by Chris (new)

Chris Thanks I had my suspicions when I picked it up: i'll avoid.

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