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  • Hardcover: 441 pages
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin (15 Nov. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0547447337
  • ISBN-13: 978-0547447339
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 3.1 x 21 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 83,857 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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George Orwell is one of England's most famous writers and social commentators. Among his works are the classic political satire Animal Farm and the dystopian nightmare vision Nineteen Eighty-Four. Orwell was also a prolific essayist, and it is for these works that he was perhaps best known during his lifetime. They include Why I Write and Politics and the English Language. His writing is at once insightful, poignant and entertaining, and continues to be read widely all over the world.

Eric Arthur Blair (George Orwell) was born in 1903 in India, where his father worked for the Civil Service. The family moved to England in 1907 and in 1917 Orwell entered Eton, where he contributed regularly to the various college magazines. From 1922 to 1927 he served with the Indian Imperial Police in Burma, an experience that inspired his first novel, Burmese Days (1934). Several years of poverty followed. He lived in Paris for two years before returning to England, where he worked successively as a private tutor, schoolteacher and bookshop assistant, and contributed reviews and articles to a number of periodicals. Down and Out in Paris and London was published in 1933. In 1936 he was commissioned by Victor Gollancz to visit areas of mass unemployment in Lancashire and Yorkshire, and The Road to Wigan Pier (1937) is a powerful description of the poverty he saw there.

At the end of 1936 Orwell went to Spain to fight for the Republicans and was wounded. Homage to Catalonia is his account of the civil war. He was admitted to a sanatorium in 1938 and from then on was never fully fit. He spent six months in Morocco and there wrote Coming Up for Air. During the Second World War he served in the Home Guard and worked for the BBC Eastern Service from 1941 to 1943. As literary editor of the Tribune he contributed a regular page of political and literary commentary, and he also wrote for the Observer and later for the Manchester Evening News. His unique political allegory, Animal Farm was published in 1945, and it was this novel, together with Nineteen Eighty-Four (1949), which brought him world-wide fame.

It was around this time that Orwell's unique political allegory Animal Farm (1945) was published. The novel is recognised as a classic of modern political satire and is simultaneously an engaging story and convincing allegory. It was this novel, together with Nineteen Eighty-Four (1949), which finally brought him world-wide fame. Nineteen Eighty-Four's ominous depiction of a repressive, totalitarian regime shocked contemporary readers, but ensures that the book remains perhaps the preeminent dystopian novel of modern literature.

Orwell's fiercely moral writing has consistently struck a chord with each passing generation. The intense honesty and insight of his essays and non-fiction made Orwell one of the foremost social commentators of his age. Added to this, his ability to construct elaborately imaginative fictional worlds, which he imbued with this acute sense of morality, has undoubtedly assured his contemporary and future relevance.

George Orwell died in London in January 1950.

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Homage to Catalonia is both a memoir of Orwell's experience at the front in the Spanish Civil War and a tribute to those who died in what he called a fight for common decency. "Down and Out in Paris and London "chronicles the adventures of a pennil

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By K. A. Murray on 10 April 2011
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Orwell writes both these books from personal experience. The first book is not about the pity of war. It is about one man's attempt to stop facism by shooting facists. There is a strong theme of betrayal in this book - about the internecine struggles between the communists, socialists and anarchists in Spain. The book also somehow manages to convey a time.
'Down and Out in Paris and London' is well worth reading. The sense of being vagabond poor in London is particularly haunting. The book is not just a description of events; Orwell asks the reader to consider their reaction to beggars and the poor. The book works too as just this incredible view of another world of working in hotels and getting by. This book makes you think.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Shirley Bailey on 14 April 2013
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This book arrived swiftly and well packaged, and that's always a good thing, but it's not the point here.

The book is hard backed with a beautiful cover design. The font / layout / quality of the paper is just beautiful. Think it's second hand but it's as good as new. It is one of those delicious books that you can't help thinking about when someone tells you how marvellous an e-reader is..
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By D Bissett on 15 Mar. 2013
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Clearly a first hand experience of a politically (spanish politics) significant period for the left wing government in Spain. Correcting many of the errors of those writing about events for which they had no close experience to offer. Although dealing with only one part of the war and in only one region it makes the whole much clearer. Also very clear plain english writing.

Two beautifully clear descriptions of life in poverty without losing his sense of humour.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Paul Morris on 26 Mar. 2013
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I can't get enough of Orwell, he writes so well,so directly and his powers of observing his fellow man take some beating.
Such a shame he did not live longer and write more.
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By Rev Erie on 17 Jun. 2013
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Exposes the dregs of life in Paris and the idealistic shambles of the Spanish civil war. There is a price to be paid for following a cause.
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