- Paperback: 400 pages
- Publisher: Penguin Classics; New Ed edition (5 Jun. 2003)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0141187395
- ISBN-13: 978-0141187396
- Product Dimensions: 13 x 2.5 x 19.8 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 121,213 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Shooting an Elephant: And Other Essays (Penguin Modern Classics) Paperback – 5 Jun 2003
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About the Author
Eric Arthur Blair (1903-1950), better known by his pen-name, George Orwell, was born in India, where his father worked for the Civil Service. An author and journalist, Orwell was one of the most prominent and influential figures in twentieth-century literature. His unique political allegory Animal Farm was published in 1945, and it was this novel, together with the dystopia of Nineteen Eighty-Four (1949), which brought him world-wide fame. His novels and non-fiction include Burmese Days, Down and Out in Paris and London, The Road to Wigan Pier and Homage to Catalonia.
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He really has more in common than he'd perhaps have liked to admit with Dickens, the subject of one of the best essays here. Both were a complex mixture of progressive and traditionalist. Orwell is additionally a mixture of Internationalist and patriot and we see this reflected here with an essay on the Spanish Civil War followed by one in defence of English cooking.
Back to Dickens, why is he so interesting to Orwell? He suggests it's because he read Dickens during the crucial years of childhood. I think there's more to it than that: beneath Orwell's criticisms of Dickens lies the knowledge that for all his limitations Dickens is the greater novelist. He may lack powers of analysis - it's hard to imagine him writing an essay of anywhere near this penetration - but his characters breathe.
Orwell is too honest a thinker to evade this truth, just as he's too honest a thinker to tow the Leftist party line. This honesty coupled with a wonderful curiosity about the world means that in this collection you'll find essays about everything from toads, nonsense poetry and the value of popular fiction to reflections on Gandhi and an unforgettable description of a pauper's hospital. Recommended!
Totally absorbing and brilliant
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I was keen to read the actual events that lead to The Shooting an Elephant story and this was very interesting.Published 2 months ago by Andy.K.