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Orwell's England: The Road to Wigan Pier in the Context of Essays, Reviews, Letters and Poems (Penguin Modern Classics)
 
 

Orwell's England: The Road to Wigan Pier in the Context of Essays, Reviews, Letters and Poems (Penguin Modern Classics) [Kindle Edition]

George Orwell , Ben Pimlott
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Collected together for the first time, this volume includes the complete text of THE ROAD TO WIGAN PIER - Orwell's vivid and impassioned documentary of unemployment and proletarian life - as well as Orwell's best writing on the political and social condition of England.

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Born in India in 1903 George Orwell moved to England with his family in 1907. He was educated at Eton and joined the Indian Imperial Police, serving five years in Burma before returning to Europe. The period of poverty that followed inspired DOWN AND OUT IN PARIS AND LONDON (1933). In 1937 he published THE ROAD TO WIGAN PIER. His political convictions led him to fight for the Republicans in Spain and to write HOMAGE TO CATALONIA. In 1945 ANIMAL FARM was published. Orwell died of TB in 1950.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
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  • Print Length: 496 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin (3 May 2001)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004LLIHB8
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars An eye-opener 29 Oct 2001
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I wasn't quite sure what to expect when I bought this book. The first part of the book includes the "Road to Wigan Pier", which is excellent. A very graphic description of the poverty endured by people in the north of England during the 1930s. The second half looks at the English national character, and is equally description. Having read Paxman's "The English", I found that Orwell's observations are much more enlightening and true. The attributes may have been observed 70 years ago, but many are still accurate today.
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This excellent collection of essays alongside the brilliant Road To Wigan Pier shows some of Orwell's more journalistic work at its finest. Although he was the author of some brilliant fiction, Orwell made a name for himself before the war writing some excellent surveys of poverty and many other issues. The Road To Wigan Pier makes up the bulk of this work. It describes poverty in the northern industrial towns of Lancashire and Yorkshire, and in it Orwell gives an excellent story of the kinds of conditions the working classes were living in at that time. Perhaps the best part of this book is the description of the kinds of housing conditions these people had to endure, such as back-to-back houses, shared outdoor lavatories and the general dilapidation of the housing stock. All the writing in this work is a brutal condemantion of poverty and unemployment, and goes well with some of Orwell's other work, and betrays the fact that all was not well in interwar England.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Classic for Social Reform in a Democracy 13 Sep 2013
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I first read this book 40 years ago and was struck by the vivid reporting of the world of work (and its obverse, unemployment). That still blazes through, but now I find that the political agenda put forward by Blair, which has pssed its 75th birthday, is completely relevant and needs to be addressed by politicians and political theorists today.
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