It covers a wide range of topics from his childhood, Spanish Civil War, Mahatma Gandhi, Charles Dickens, Rudyard Kipling, Jewish religion, politics, etc to his shooting of an elephant while serving as a police in Burma.
Perfectly-written in his trademark direct, clear and taut writing the style that I first encountered in his political satirical sci-fi and political fable Animal Farm.
The only difference is that these are non-fiction. The essays made me understand what kind of a man George Orwell was: Such, Such Were the Joys 5 stars - Amazing! He only afforded to go to that school because he was a bright boy. The school kept him because he had a good chance of passing entrance exams in the prestigious universities later and that would help maintaining the image of the school.
The one part that I found so sad was that the little George did not have a cake year after year during his stay at that school because his parents could not afford it and this was just one of the ways for a poor but bright pupil could be discriminated.
A Story of Childhood as this is more inspiring and meatier. Charles Dickens 5 stars -Amazing! David Copperfield and A Tale of the Two Cities are my two novels that I first read when I was in a fresh college graduate in the mids.
In this essay, Orwell analyzes the works of Dickens in a way that is very easy to understand and will help you appreciate Dickens as a writer.
Orwell said that Dickens is a moralist: However, there are a couple of his works that do not belong to this so-called social propagandist drama and they are A Tale of the Two Cities and Hard Times.
Orwell just made me want to line up next all the other books by Dickens that are in my to-be-read tbr file. Prior to this, I did not know that Britons would love daily comic strips in a way that I and my friends used to read Baltic and Co.
Rudyard Kipling 4 stars - I really liked it! Orwell gave his view on T.
Kipling is a jingo imperialist, he is morally insensitive and aesthetically disgusting. Considering that they were both Englishmen and highly esteemed classic novelists. He says that Kipling was the only English write of their time who has added phrases to the language and they all became popular like: Raffles and Miss Blandish 4 stars - I really liked it!
Detailed comparison between a mystery book, No Orchids for Miss Blandish by James Hadley Chase and the book that Orwell said to be the book that inspired it, Raffles.
I have been looking for a copy of this Miss Blandish book. What Orwell basically gave the plot of the story about a girl who was raped for a long period of time and she fell in love with her rapist but I did not take it as a spoiler.
Rather, he made me want to order the book via Amazon so I can read it right away. Well, maybe in my next Amazon horde! Shooting the Elephant 5 stars - Amazing! Very short yet I guess this is the best essay in the book. He hated his job because he feels that the Burmese people do not like English people as they are the colonizers, i.
In this particular essay, there is a runaway elephant that has killed a native. Being a policeman, Orwell is asked to kill the elephant.
I will not tell you the rest as it is too much of a spoiler. If you have no time to read the whole book, just read this while standing in the bookstore. I assure you that it will be worth the time and the pressure on your legs. You will get a glimpse — a good glimpse — of what kind of man the young Orwell was that probably drove him to write his books that are said to be anti-totalitarianism.
Politics and the English Language 4 stars - I really liked it!
Orwell criticizing the way school professors expressed themselves in written form. He said that the decline of the English language is brought about by the foolish thoughts of the writers. These thoughts were made possible because of the slovenliness of the English language.
Hence, the situation was similar to a man drinking because he feels himself to be a failure and he becomes a complete failure because he drinks.
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Create. The Good Immigrant is a collection of 21 essays by black and ethinic minority persons living in UK, edited by Nikesh Shukla. Years ago, Toni Morrison edited a collection of essays by a group of formidable Black thinkers re: the wrongs committed against Anita Hill (by both Thomas and the public at large).
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