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The Orwell Diaries (Penguin Modern Classics) by [Orwell, George]
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Among the vivifying things about his Diaries, issued now in one volume for the first time, is how they restore some first-person flesh and blood to what can seem like his disembodied head. What s more, they show Orwell to be nearly Jeffersonian in his combined passion for politics and for the natural world, not merely for fishing but also for the enlightened and fervent cultivation of vegetables, fruit trees, animals and flowers These diaries show him with his hands covered in fresh dirt, hard at work, in sync with the seasons, curious about everything under the sun, tending to what he needed and grateful for beauty as well as sustenance. They present a man in full. --Dwight Garner"

Never before published in the United States, this wonderfully annotated collection of George Orwell s diaries from 1931 to 1949 is sure to fascinate any fan of his work. From his down and out years to his stint working at the BBC during WWII ( something halfway between a girls school and a lunatic asylum . Our radio strategy is even more hopeless than our military strategy. ), the reader can catch a glimpse of this essential English writer s internal life, and watch the ideas that became Animal Farm and 1984 bloom, percolate, and grow. --Emily Temple"

Reading the Diaries end-to-end in a single volume offers us a different take on Orwell: less as a thinker, or a figure of political conscience, than as a complex and dimensional human being. --David Ulin"

Orwell lived in London during most of World War II, including during the Battle of Britain. Entries during this period have the author s defining features on display, including unimpeachable intellectual honesty, concern about the degradation of truth, physical courage, and unpretentious writing All the traits that made Orwell so great can be found in the Diaries. --Jordan Michael Smith"

A window into the way Orwell's mind worked. --Barry Gewen"

How appropriate that the political moralist George Orwell (1903-50) should be published by a company called Liveright! Orwell, who despised every form of careerism, instinctively gravitated to the kind of quiet rural existence that we associate with ancient Greek philosophers or Anglican clergyman of the 18th century. Certainly, these diaries reveal that the author of Animal Farm was happiest cultivating his garden, observing the weather, enjoying the beauty of spring flowers and watching over the health of his hens. --Michael Dirda"

It is a blessing, then, to now have the opportunity to read his Diaries, edited meticulously by Peter Davison, who as the editor of the twenty volumes of Orwell's Complete Works has an unequaled knowledge of the material They throw a revealing light on Orwell the thinker, and offer welcome stimulus to revisit the books and essays in which that mind left its lasting imprint. --Brooke Allen"

Read with care, George Orwell s diaries, from the years 1931 to 1949, can greatly enrich our understanding of how Orwell transmuted the raw material of everyday experience into some of his best-known novels and polemics. They furnish us with a more intimate picture of a man who, committed to the struggles of the mechanized and modern world, was also drawn by the rhythms of the wild, the rural, and the remote.--Christopher Hitchens"

Orwell s achievement grew out of seemingly modest virtues: decency; good, hard sense; and clean, clear prose. Yet they added up to something monumental The diaries as a whole do exactly what you would expect: They confirm his greatness.--Craig Seligman"

A window into the way Orwell's mind worked.--Barry Gewen

...[T]he diaries as a whole do exactly what you would expect: They confirm his greatness.--Craig Seligman

We should celebrate the publication of Orwell s diaries. The publication of personal texts by other authors might smack of cheap opportunism, purely a money-making ploy. But I think publishers got it right with Orwell.--Scott Beauchamp"

Edited with exemplary skill and grace by Peter Davison.--William H. Gass

Starred review. [A] lushly annotated edition of Orwell's diaries from 1931 to 1949.... Born Eric Arthur Blair, Orwell, as these diaries reveal, lived a varied and even dichotomized life. ...Editor Davison (English/De Montfort Univ.) supplies necessary contextual information and footnotes generously, but stays in the shadows and allows us to truly enjoy Orwell's impressive chronicles.

Read with care, George Orwell's diaries, from the years 1931 to 1949, can greatly enrich our understanding of how Orwell transmuted the raw material of everyday experience into some of his best-known novels and polemics. They furnish us with a more intimate picture of a man who, committed to the struggles of the mechanized and "modern" world, was also drawn by the rhythms of the wild, the rural, and the remote.--Christopher Hitchens

One cannot help but be struck by the degree to which [Orwell] became, in Henry James's words, one of those upon whom nothing was lost. By declining to lie, even as far as possible to himself, and by his determination to seek elusive but verifiable truth, he showed how much can be accomplished by an individual who unites the qualities of intellectual honesty and moral courage.--Christopher Hitchens, from the Introduction of Diaries

Orwell's achievement grew out of seemingly modest virtues: decency; good, hard sense; and clean, clear prose. Yet they added up to something monumental... The diaries as a whole do exactly what you would expect: They confirm his greatness.--Craig Seligman

Reading these diaries leaves one, as always when encountering the words of George Orwell, with a confirmed admiration for the sterling qualities that have made him a benchmark for integrity and a lodestar for writers and thinkers across the ideological spectrum. Embedded in the DNA of his writing is that austere, penetrating analytical ability, averse to cant or any form of hypocrisy and pretension, unsparing of everything and everyone--especially himself. He simply can't help being that way: Once pen is put to paper, or fingers to typewriter, those qualities appear, second nature to his writing, even the most casual.--Martin Rubin

We should celebrate the publication of Orwell's diaries. The publication of personal texts by other authors might smack of cheap opportunism, purely a money-making ploy. But I think publishers got it right with Orwell.--Scott Beauchamp

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The authoritative text of George Orwell's diaries, collected in one volume for the first time

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  • Publisher: Penguin (3 Jun. 2010)
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  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003TSE8J4
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I found this book fascinating and a delight to read. A must have for any serious Orwell fan.
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Format: Hardcover
Edited by Peter Davison, Publ: Harvil Secker
ISBN 9781846553295
1931- 1949 (sourced from ten original diary notebooks)
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I bought Orwell's Diaries thinking that I could glean more information about his philosophical conversion from Spanish Republicanism to what had become later a lucid critic of left-wing dictatorship. It appears, sadly that two notebooks of diaries covering the Spanish Civil War have made their way into the archives of the NKVD (The Soviet Secret police) and are under lock and key to this day.
Clearly even after his demise Orwell's writings are considered by some still seditious.

I came across the works of Orwell, oddly enough behind the Iron Curtain in Romania, as a teenager enduring the harsh neo-Stalinist dictatorship of Gheorghiu-Dej, the national-communist predecessor of Nicolae Ceausescu.

This was no mean feat and a curious one at that: The classic '1984" Novel was translated in French and serialised in the popular French weekly "Paris Match" which was embargoed in Romania, under severe censorship restrictions. However, by a miracle, my private French teacher in Bucharest had a former servant who was a cleaner.maid at the French Embassy in Bucharest and without doubt a secret service agent. This woman who was barely literate spoke no french and brought home these magazines merely because she found the illustrations attractive. My French teacher, a cultivated lady from the former Romanian aristocracy, who was educated in Switzerland and fell on hard times after being expropriated, borrowed these magazines and transcribed by hand the whole of Orwell's 1984 novel.
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I found these diaries fascinating. It may come as a surprise to some that Orwell kept such extensive diaries; it was to me! I'm a diarist myself and have six volumes of diarist anthologies. Orwell is mentioned in only two: a collection of war diaries; and via his fictional diarist, Winston Smith, in "1984". It seems that Orwell kept diaries for most of his adult life. Unfortunately some have been lost, although a couple are believed to be hidden in Russia. The first records his hop picking days in Kent in the early 1930's. I had read this one before; as a life long resident of Kent (and a 1950's child hop picker, with my mother)I came across it many years ago in the "Local Studies" section of my public library. The next is the diary he kept while collecting material for "Wigan Pier". Particularly interesting was the working of Working Men's Clubs: I'm secretary of mine, and nothing has change! By 1938 he is back in Kent again, being treated for TB. During one of his walks, he comes across a smooth snake - I thought that these rare animals only existed in the West Country! Then comes his period of recuperation in in Spanish Morocco, and once again he is observing everything - people, nature, agriculture, the local press, everything - and writing it all down. There follows the diaries he kept leading up to the Second World War, and the ones he kept in London, during the blitz. Deemed unfit for miltary service, he joined the Home Guard. At this time he was formulating his ideas for an English Revolution and actually considered the Home Guard to be a revolutionary force - imagine, Captain Mannering as Che! He also believed that much of the aristocracy would sell out to Hitler if they could. One surprise here for me (and I could be wrong) - some of his comments appear anti-semetic.Read more ›
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Orwell wrote in just about every format and his diaries present a wonderful view of an English eccentric. We've got just about everything here, travels, hens, recipes, fishing, DIY, pigs, The Blitz, sickness, wives, his son, girlfriends, gardening, politics, along with his fears, hopes and desires all packaged neatly for future readers.

What a fascinating, strange, patriotic Englishman he was. No wonder he could write the way he could, he simply went out and did it. Policeman, tramp, journalist, soldier, hop-picker, shopkeeper, proto-ecologist, Home Guard bod, critic and simply the greatest English Cultural observer and historian of the 20th Century.

Despite his sufferings, poor-health, seriously wounded, bombed-out, broke and widowed he always managed to get things down on paper. The diary entries show another side to Eric Blair that we had lost over the last 50 years; father, husband, lover, family-man, traveller and hospital patient.

An excellent addition to the Blair collection on your bookshelf and not just for the fans, these diaries are informative and entertaining for all.
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People who have read and enjoyed George Orwell's works will find a great deal to interest them in these diaries. The books and essays bring us George Orwell the `writer'; these diary entries bring us Orwell, (or to be precise, Eric Arthur Blair) the `individual'. They are a revealing glimpse into an intriguing mind.

Orwell tended to write as if his life depended on it and he invariably put his views across in as straightforward and plain-speaking a manner as possible. Even his reviews of other writers' works seem to be suffused with his own need to put down on paper the expansion of an argument or line of thought. Here in these diaries we see this familiar tendency but we also see in his `Domestic Diary' (of which more later) how this almost obsessive part of his personality played its role in his day to day life.

There are a number of diaries included in the book. The selection begins with the `Hop-Picking Diary' from 1931, (many of the events therein being used in `A Clergyman's Daughter'), then moves forward to 1936 and `The Road to Wigan Pier Diary'. This gives a detailed insight into the famous journey he took to expose the living and working conditions suffered by the working classes in the north of England during the thirties, including his trips underground to investigate what working life was really like for the miners. Reading it gives us an opportunity to see Orwell gathering some of his source material for the book and also demonstrates the discomforts and indignities he often willingly put himself through to do so.

The `Morocco Diary' covers late 1938 and the first quarter of 1939. Orwell and his wife went there following advice he received to spend winter in a warmer climate after he suffered illness in 1938.
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