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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Short but good, 13 Mar. 2013
This review is from: Politics and the English Language (Penguin Modern Classics) (Paperback)
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I got this because I heard it raved about on radio 4. If it was half as good as they said, then everybody should read it. Or was this just radio 4 intellectual snob talk?

I didn't find it quite lived up to the expectations I had been given, but it was good, and since it offers a lot of wisdom in a very short space, I would probably agree that everybody interested in language should read it.

The content is very similar to The Complete Plain Words, which was first published not long after Orwell's essay and has been comprehensively updated more than once. Both books are delightfully written and entertaining although, while Orwell's essay takes about 10 minutes to read, The Complete Plain Words will justify many hours of study. I also recommend Strunk & Write which gives excellent advice on writing style. When I am writing I often remember its comment that a lot of bad writing comes from putting down words before the idea they are supposed to express is quite clear in your mind, or from stringing several ideas together without being sure of the logical relation between them.
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Initial post: 15 May 2013, 22:52:40 BST
T. Dufficy says:
Fabulous to get this in electronic format now too. The genius of Orwell lasts over time. Couldn't agree more with this review
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