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Burmese Days by George Orwell
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Aug 05, 2007

really liked it

Orwell is a central figure in Nandy's Intimate Enemy. His "Shooting an Elephant" demonstrates Orwell's ambivalence towards colonialism. But Burmese days struck me as very pointed. I was so pleased for Orwell.

By the way, Orwell's essay, "Politics and the English Language," is the best thing I have ever read diagnosing unclear language use. In a nutshell here is the message: "Clarity has to be risked." Or conversely, when we are not being clear, this is because we hesitate to reveal our politics to ourselves. Bad writing, bad speaking is really bad faith.

Thank you George.
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