Why I Write (Penguin Great Ideas)
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Why I Review
It was already very late in my boyhood, at thirty years old, when I considered writing book reviews. Being the man of action that I am, which is to say a lazy bum, it was almost to my own surprise that this innocent consideration promptly turned itself into virulent spasms across the keyboard, with my first contributions on Goodreads as the very unfortunate result. Thankfully my friends list at the time only con/>Why ...more
Why do one write? What is the urgency to write or what is the need to write anything at all? Does one actually have control what one is writing or there is some profound force which influences one’s consciousness or sub-consciousness to do so. Perhaps one writes to get rid of tribulations of life going in his/ her head. For, there must be some way to disburse these anxious ordeals; and what better way it could be than to write. We ...more
The first and last essays, Why I Write and Politics and the English Language (of which I have a full review here) were both my particular favourites and the ones that dealt with purely the art of writing. I felt I learned a lot from both of these and are ...more
A combination of having to closely follow elections because my grandfather did, and watching Aaron Sorkin shows, primarily, however, pi ...more
As a writer myself, I am on a journey where I also knew with a lighting-bolt shift in consciousness at 31 years of age that I was to write. And so my eyes still in a soft thrill, when I find a writer that I can learn from, to understand me, my craft ...more
The Lion and the Unicorn is the longest essay by quite some distance, and deals with wartime Britain and how Orwell perceives the British "family," its politics, its weaknesses, flaws, and what the state of the nation is in itself, and what role Britain plays in the war. It begins, "As I write, highly civilized human beings are f"As ...more
It had been long since I read something by Orwell and I somehow craved for an honest prose.
Such an encounter with Orwell was like sitting with him face to face and letting him describe all he thought while writing his masterpieces. A much needed confrontation with a writer as raw as him.
“When I sit down to write a book, I do not say to myself, 'I am going to produce a work of art.' I write it because there is some lie that I want to expose, ...more
The first and last chapters are the best. The middle bits are a little politica but still interesting. (I don't have a lot of political knowledge but I read the middle bits. And found them interesting and a bit dry at times.)
This is definitely a book i want ...more
A Collection of four revolutionary essays written by Orwell between 1931 to 1946. Ideas spilled out by the author is very essential for leading a better way of not only politics but everything around it.
Why I Write (1946) - Memoir of his early days aspiring to become writer, dropping it during the 20s and rising again for the purpose. Very short and brief essay on why he wrote and maybe why all write.
The Lion and the Uni ...more
Why I write is a short essay on Orwell’s writing journey which started at an early age of 4 or 5. I recommend it to anyone who has read anything by Orwell, especially if found any of Orwell’s works unlikable. This essay would give you great insights into why he wrote what he wrote and the circumstances that made him the Orwell.
Being the middle ch ...more
As much as I love the Penguin Great Minds Collection, I feel the title here is a little misleading – only the first 10 pages out of 120 are the ‘Why I Write’ essay, so about 8% of the book. As a result, I’ll be reviewing the four essays individually, since I feel that’s the most precise approach (and because it’s difficult to assess essays on such different subjects as a collected whole).
Why I Write ★★★★
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- Orwell's thoughts on the political side of writing.
- It's Orwell, so the writing is superb.
- The last chapter on writing
- His thoughts on geopolitics were very interesting and informative.
- Thinks that India should not be independent.
- Wish he spent more time on the writing process.
- Felt like I understood what he was saying but didn't know enough to agree/disagree.
Roughly 80% of the book is about the English people and its political dynamics during WWII. Unless you have interest in the subject AND have the slightest familiarity with the histirical context, you will waste your time.
The last 20% of the book is actually rare gem. One is Orwell's eye-witness account of a hanging ...more
this book contain 4 essays that Orwell wrote during his life.
the one with the title "A Hanging": This rather misplaced essay was taken from his time in Burma. Orwell witnesses a hanging and discusses the rather unusually casual attitude of the hangmen.
it was the best one for me!
the last essay "Politics and the English Language: This brief essay attacks writers for being lazy by ...more
But finishing it, I felt some new ideas forming in my mind.
The second chapter "The lion and the Unicorn" was too long and boring to me. but for some unknown reason the following part shouted out to me loud and clear:
"Patriotism has nothing to do with Conservatism. It is actually the opposite of Conservatism, since it is a devotion to something that is always changing ...more
1) The title is misleading. Neither does this book concern itself with the topic why Orwell decided to write, nor really with the how. Oh well, it does mention rather generic reasons in the first essay, but honestly, these reasons are kind of obvious and applicable to everyone. Instead, Orwell delv ...more
I’ve never found myself quite so into politics. Of ...more
Before telling what I didn't like, here are the lines I liked:
*Hitler will at any rate go down in history as the man who made the City of London laugh on the wrong side of its face.
*War is the greatest of all agents of change. It speeds up all processes, wipes out minor distinctions, brings realities to the surface. Above all, war brings it home to the individual. That he is NOT altogether an individual.
* England is perhaps the only great country wh ...more
Still, it was fine, it just wasn’t what I was expecting and so therefore it also wasn’t what I was in the mood to read. I’m also not really sure who I’d recommend it to. I mean, it’s worth reading if you ...more
Date Started: 27-11-2014
Date Finished: 20-05-2015
So .. I’ve finished reading Why I Write, by the way .. It is worth mentioning that I have the translated Arabic edition, though .. I’ve decided to read it in English! Why? I don’t know, maybe because I want to ‘show off’ ;) or I wanted to strengthen my language skills, moreover, I wanted to read it as Orwell himself has written it :) - that’s for sure -. Ok, so back to the book, 2.5 out ...more
In addition to his literary career Orwell served as a police officer with the Indian Imperial P ...more