The genius of Orwell is that what ever the subject- Shakespeare, imperialism, tabloid journalism, Ghandi or what ever,he writes with a simplicity and directness that is almost conversational in tone but loaded with a clear headed wisdom that is borne of learning and a life well lived. The essays contained in this little book are little marvels, they entertain, provoke and instruct in equal measure. Despite the fact that some of these works date from the late 1930's, Orwell is surprisingly prescient in his analysis of Communism,the growth of corporatism and the spread of American power. Likewise,his 'Examination of Gulliver's Travels' is masterly as his 'Confessions of a Book Reviewer' is amusing and no doubt entirely accurate. I recommend this work- firstly because much of what Orwell has to say is relevant even today and secondly, he is a beautiful prose stylist. Recommended.