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Fifty Orwell Essays Paperback – 9 Sep 2010

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2.0 out of 5 stars Two Stars 27 Jun. 2015
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there are only a few pieces that I consider relevant and also worthy of interest. Not recommended
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5.0 out of 5 stars Big Selection of Essays by a Master 18 Sept. 2016
By P. J. Keating - Published on Amazon.com
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Seeing that the only review here is two stars(!) I felt compelled to add a more positive appreciation of this great writer. He is a unique writer in English, somehow seeming to see things whole and describing everything in prose that is simple and direct. He was in the thick of things in the mid-twentieth century. He even managed to get shot by the Communists in the Spanish Civil War! He was the first guy to figure out that Stalin and the Communist party had adopted the policy of "Socialism in one nation", and that they were now a conservative actor on the world stage outside what eventually became the U.S.S.R. His great book about all that is called "Homage to Catalonia". The present book is a collection of essays chosen from his complete body of work in the form. I once owned all four volumes of the Collected Essays, but they somehow got up and walked away all by themselves. They're gone and I certainly didn't give them away. Grrrr!

There are some famous essays here. 'Killing an Elephant' has been anthologized a lot, so you may have read Orwell without noticing the author. 'Politics and the English Language' is another famous one. He wrote about literature a lot, so there are articles here about many writers from Orwell's special point of view. Writing was a serious matter to Orwell, and I can almost see him weighing the authors he chose to review for that seriousness, that weight, that he thought was necessary in our dangerous times. But none of that prevented him from occasionally turning his eye toward something lighter. 'A Nice Cup of Tea'-- from the author of '1984'! He wrote an article defending P.G. Wodehouse after the Second World War when others wanted the guy tried for treason. (Wodehouse had allowed himself to be used for propaganda purposes during the war.)

Read Orwell if you agree that good writing and careful thought matter.
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