Sunday, July 28, 2013

A Collection of Essays by George Orwell

A Collection of Essays by George Orwell

First published in 1936, this book comprises 8 of the highest voltage pages of English prose you'll ever read. In Shooting an Elephant, Orwell illumines the shoddy recesses of his own character, illustrates the morally corrupting nature of imperialism, and indicts you, the reader, in the creature's death, a process so vividly reported it's likely to show up in your nightmares ever after. In The Art of Donald McGill with vaguely obscene illustrated postcards beloved of the working classes, uses the lens of the popular culture to examine the battle lines and the rules of engagement in the war of the sexes, circa 1941. In Politics and the English Language, prose working-out of Orwell's perceptions about the slippery relationship of word and thought that becomes a key premise of 1984. In Looking Back on the Spanish War is as clear-eyed a veteran's memoir of the nature of war as you're likely to find. In this best-selling compilation of essays, written in the clear-eyed, uncompromising language for which he is famous. 

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