Burmese Days, Keep the Aspidistra Flying, Coming Up for Air
The lushly descriptive and tragic Burmese Days, a devastating indictment of British colonial rule, is based on Orwell’s own experience while serving in the Indian Imperial Police. His beloved satirical classic, Keep the Aspidistra Flying, features a young ...more
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Recently, I decided to investigate some 'other' writing by George Orwell in addition to the more well-known novels of his, Animal Farm and 1984. After a search at my local library, this volume of three novels is what I found. The volume, from "Everyman's Library," has an introduction by John Carey, a timeline of Orwell's life, and appendices. These are all helpful in appreciating the three stories, n ...more
Possibly because, unlike the other two, this book was written from a first person view point rather than third person as the other two were.
Not that first person narration can't be successful, but Orwell's strength seems to lie in describing the inner thoughts of the protagonist by a third person narrator.
Also, there is no real story line or character devel ...more
I found "Burmese Days" interesting for the attitude of the English, in the last part of their Empire phase, toward their subject peoples. If the reality in history was as bad as the characters portrayed in the novel, George was right to criticize and show us this, warts and all.
I liked the story for the poignant account of the protagonist's loneliness and desire for soul-mate companionship that he ...more
For the first time in one hardcover volume—three classic novels by the author of Nineteen Eighty- Four and *Animal Farm.
The lushly descriptive and tragic Burmese Days, a devastating indictment of British colonial rule, is based on Orwell’s own experience while serving in the Indian Imperial Police. His beloved satirical classic, Keep the Aspidistra Flying, features a young idealist whose attempt to rebel against middle-class respectability—by working in a bookshop and trying to be a writer—go
completely modern in spirit. There was hardly a soul in the firm
who was not perfectly well aware that publicity - advertising - is
the dirtiest ramp that capitalism has yet produced. In the red
lead firm there had still lingered certain notions of commercial
honour and usefulness. But such things would have been laughed at
in the New Albion. Most of the employees were the hard-boiled,
Americanized, go-getting type to whom nothing in ...more
In addition to his literary career Orwell served as a police officer with the Indian Imperial ...more