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As I Please: 1943-1945 (The Collected Essays, Journalism & Letters, Vol. 3)

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Featuring the column Orwell wrote for the Socialist weekly Tribune (where he was the literary editor), As I Please also includes Orwell's spirited defense of English cooking, notes on the perfect cup of tea, and accounts of the difficulties with - and ultimate success of - Animal Farm.

--From the 2000 edition.
Paperback, 435 pages
Published March 18th 2004 by Nonpareil Books (first published 1968)
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Dec 05, 2008 rated it it was amazing
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Orwell continues to astonish me with

(a) his extraordinary - what's the word I'm looking for - "prolific" doesn't seem to have an associated noun. Fecundity? Industry? productivity? oh, what the heck - just the sheer volume of his output
(b) the quality of his writing, which is clear and devoid of affectation throughout
(c) the breadth of his scope (is there anything he doesn't write about?)
(d) the acuity of his intellect
(e) the depth of his commitment to his political views, which are obviousl
Sep 08, 2007 rated it it was amazing
if i had to pick 'writer of the twentieth century'... it'd be orwell. no doubt. his masterpiece, 1984, along with conrad's Secret Agent, tells one all she need know about life in contemporary america. his essays, perhaps even more than his fiction, are indispensable. all four volumes should be bought, savored, and read over and over and over.
Aug 26, 2015 rated it really liked it
One of the entertaining things about offering reviews of Orwell’s essays is that I find myself increasingly applying his own method of critique to what he himself says. This is actually a compliment, since it suggests that my own style of reviewing has become influenced by Orwell’s style of reviewing books.

This style is one of looking at the political and social significance of the books, and the views that the authors express, and Orwell uses this method throughout his reviews. In this volume,
Feb 27, 2014 rated it really liked it
The third volume in Orwell’s collected non-fiction, As I Please covers the period from 1943 to 1945. At this time Orwell was working as literary editor at a magazine called Tribune, and wrote a regular column called “As I Please” in which he wrote, naturally, about whatever he pleased. This volume takes not only its title but the bulk of its material from that column, and as a result, it’s probably the best in the compendium so far. While the previous volume was heavily political, Orwell’s regul ...more
I believe I've stated elsewhere that I would read Orwell write about paint drying. After this I think I'd have to recant that sentiment, as a lot of these reviews and "As I Please" columns seemed rather trivial, especially given the era in which they were written. I still love the man, the thinker and the writer, but I was disappointed by how little he addressed incredibly significant historical moments such as D-Day, Hiroshima/Nagasaki and the end of the war. I can't imagine he wouldn't have fa ...more
Mary Catelli
I think more essays and fewer letters than even the one before, covering up to the tail end of World War II -- it includes an allusion to the atom bomb, namely that the Japanese surrender did much to reconcile the British to it.

More literary criticism and discussion of writing. He objects to the notion of criticism that is actually disapproval of your opponents' point of view -- in the abstract, he doesn't always avoid it with concrete lit crit. His review of Hayek's Road to Serfdom is clearer t
Ben Bush
Mar 09, 2010 rated it it was amazing
This is kind of a boring-looking book "letters and essays 1943-1945." When it showed up I wondered what I had been thinking and then every time I opened it I was shocked by just how interested in it I was. Orwell is so alarmingly sharp and honest, but what is maybe most remarkable is what good company he is. To me, much like David Foster Wallace, whenever I read Orwell I feel honored to be spending time with this person and that they are speaking to me so respectfully and companionably. There's ...more
J.M. Hushour
Feb 18, 2013 rated it really liked it
At last I finish the 4-volume collection of Orwell's non-novelistic writings. Well worth the slog, as could be imagined. This volume focuses on Orwell's column "As I Please" he wrote for The Tribune during the war years. There is a vast array of topics covered, the most interesting being his accounts of the everyday life of a Londoner during the war itself, shortages, rations, V-1s and V-2s, etc. Book reviews are at a minimum, there are some great essays on English life and culture (placed at th ...more
Nov 25, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
If Goodreads hadn't crapped out at the wrong moment there would have been a detailed, two-paragraph review, but my memory isn't good enough to reproduce it quickly and my web-browser can't recover what was written. I only try once, I don't like to be suppressed, but I deal with it... The book was fantastic and worthwhile, and I could discuss it at length and will not hesitate to read it again within a few years.
Martin Smith
Nov 25, 2012 rated it it was amazing
The four volumes of this collection (4 in the old Penguin edition) not only reveal the development of Orwell's thought throughout his literary and political life but provide a wide-ranging view of the intellectual life of his time as well as the social conditions of his country. Settled views and attitudes can be frequently challenged (without having to accept that he is always right!).
Aug 12, 2007 rated it it was amazing
it's true i'm still reading it but "as i please" is a fascinating look into the mind of orwell. as irving howe of harper's magazine states, " reading through these 4 large volumes -- the sheer pleasure of it can't be overstated -- has convinced me that orwell was an even better writer than i had supposed...."
Feb 12, 2013 is currently reading it
Plow through this one and one appreciates the pamphleteer at his finest.
Jan 07, 2009 marked it as to-read
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Eric Arthur Blair, better known by his pen name George Orwell, was an English author and journalist. His work is marked by keen intelligence and wit, a profound awareness of social injustice, an intense opposition to totalitarianism, a passion for clarity in language, and a belief in democratic socialism.

In addition to his literary career Orwell served as a a police officer with the Indian Imperia
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