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Essays by George Orwell
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Feb 28, 2012

really liked it
bookshelves: essays-journals-letters
Read from February 26 to 28, 2012

Excellent collection of Orwell's essays including my particular favourites where he writes about books: 'Book v. Cigarettes', 'Confessions of a Book Reviewer' and 'Bookshop Memories'.

Orwell argues and defends maligned personalities like Wodehouse, Kipling and Gandhi with deftness and a droll wit. His essay on Dickens is also credited as one of the reasons the Victorian author has not been relegated to obscurity today when his books were all but ignored by critics in Orwell's time.

His 'Decline of the English Murder' argues for the return to the refined ways of committing homicide that were carried out by upstanding middle class Englishmen and women before the war. Now Orwell argues (in post-war Britain), killings are committed senselessly by strangers for no reason whatsoever. Orwell insists that murder should be done for reasons of love or money, behind closed doors and amongst friends. That's the civilised way!

P.S - my edition actually has a different cover than the one featured. It's a photo of a group of girls posing in front of the camera while a man is on top of a ladder adjusting a bunting. They must be celebrating Queen Elizabeth's coronation.

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