Why I Write Epub è Why I PDF/EPUB ² Paperback

Why I Write Epub è Why I PDF/EPUB ² Paperback


  • Paperback
  • 120 pages
  • Why I Write
  • George Orwell
  • English
  • 08 February 2019
  • 0143036351

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  1. Matthias Matthias says:

    Part 56 in the Another autobiographical review that nobody asked for series.Why I ReviewIt was already very late in my boyhood, at thirty years old, when I considered writing book reviews Being the man of action that I am, which is to say a lazy bum, it was almost to my own surprise that this innocent consideration promptly turned itself into virulent spasms across the keyboard, with my first contributions on Goodreads as the very unfortunate result Thankfully my friends list at the time on Part 56 in the Another autobiographical review that nobody asked for series.Why I ReviewIt was already very late in my boyhood, at thirty years old, when I considered writing book reviews Being the man of action that I am, which is to say a lazy bum, it was almost to my own surprise that this innocent consideration promptly turned itself into virulent spasms across the keyboard, with my first contributions on Goodreads as the very unfortunate result Thankfully my friends list at the time only consisted of some imported Facebook contacts who had last been active 5 years prior to my sudden burst of literary enthusiasm and who had gotten too busy climbing up corporate ladders to even remember ever having registered to a website about books, let alone notice what I was doing Maybe it was this anonymity that allowed me to stay here, because as my own ineptitude was gradually becoming clearer to me as I was reading through others reviews, I still persisted in forcing myself upon this community and fiendishly sent out friend requests in hopes of learning but mainly in hopes of belonging in this hall of learned ladies and gentlemen I didn t stop to ponder on these hopes, on my true intentions, my real motivations I just went with that big bang moment that seemed to come out of nowhere and I took it from there I never stopped to ask Why George Orwell and his essay on why he writes made me revisit those early days of reviewing and the months years that have transpired since then I found his considerations relevant to why I am doing what I do, and the structure he employed quite helpful for the organisation of my own scrambled thoughts Also, it s a very good essay and I rated it five stars, in case you were here for just the review If you find yourself even remotely interested in reading further through my recollections then I can wholeheartedly recommend George Orwell s original text Employing Orwell s essay structure, I should start with an understanding of my true nature and with a return to my childhood Many of you already know that I was a happy, skinny, bespectacled and introverted child with no brothers or sisters and with a wonderful dog I will not elaborate on that childhood too much since I already did that in other reviews, but these traits do explain a tendency to keep busy with solitary activities As a child or teenager these activities strangely enough barely entailed reading or writing, aside from comic books and what was required for school I found reading to be very boring It felt like watching a movie with subtitles, only without the movie, and much slower And with the advent of video games I truly had everything my solitary heart desired The few books I had at that time turned yellow, collected dust and eventually got sold for twenty francs Fast forward to the internet, with its chat rooms and forums devoted to games and the dominance of the English language in those settings At a certain point I spenttime on the Internet discussing game strategies rather than playing the games themselves, as I also started commenting on the personal stories and the societal comments people invariably shared on these things It is now, also through remembering some emails and letters I sent, I realise that it was mainly the writing in itself that I enjoyed, especially in English All I needed was something worthwhile to write about Another fast forward to much later to when I finally started reading, also in English Murakami s The Wind Up Bird Chronicle proved to be the perfect present and as I read and finished that one I couldn t wait to start another book and then another and then another Forget about slow Forget about where are the pictures Finally the movies I always wanted were playing in my mind as I sped through the pages But after a couple of books a sad realisation gripped me as I asked myself What was the Murakami book about again Something about a well and melanomaClearly I had forgotten I ve always been someone who got through lifeon the basis of an understanding in the moment rather than a remembering of the past There are a lot of things to be said for traveling light and taking nothing with you on your travels, but I figured I preferred to try and collect some souvenirs at least Hence the idea to write reviews So that s the narrative But Orwell also comes up with a list of motives, especially when it comes to writing in order to be read, which clearly apply to my case Sheer egoismThe desire to seem clever Check The immediate feedback system on Goodreads coupled with its exceedingly generous community makes this motive a potentially overpowering one.Aesthetic enthusiasmThe desire to share an experience which one feels is valuable and ought not to be missed Check Hope you got John McNee s books in your libraries I think I stressed that enough by now In the case of reviewing it can also be the opposite of aesthetic enthusiasm, for cases where you would like to dissuade people from ever getting near a certain book Having seen some negative reviews, those can be pretty enthusiastic as well Historical impulseThe desire to see things as they are, to find out true facts and store them up for use of posterity On the one hand I can t say Check here because I m dealing in opinions rather than facts, but on the other hand, as is the case with classics , some general opinions turn into facts and it s nice to either try and debunk them or wholeheartedly defend their status In essence to see for yourself what all the fuss is about and reach your own conclusions Moreover the discussions on books and society that often ensue on this website are often very enriching to me and teach me in much the same way a history teacher would, so what the hell Check Political purposeThe desire to push the world in a certain direction, to alter people s idea of the kind of society they should strive after Dump Trump , uhh, I mean Check So there we have it A why that has been answered, if not fully, at least partially A reason for writing that Orwell shortly touched upon as well is for a living But I think only very few here get compensation in financial terms, not counting gifted books in return for reviews Unless you guys know something that I don t In any case, in the end the most important reason lies in the amalgam of all those reasons enumerated above, an amalgam that I can only describe as I love being here.Just kidding, that s not a reason, that s circular reasoning But I almost made you tear up, didn t I It s true though I do


  2. Gaurav Gaurav says:

    What do they know of Orwell who only Animal Farm and Nineteen Eighty Four knowIrving HoweWhy do one write What is the urgency to write or what is the need to write anything at all Does one actually have control what one is writing or there is some profound force which influences one s consciousness or sub consciousness to do so Perhaps one writes to get rid of tribulations of life going in his her head For, there must be some way to disburse these anxious ordeals and what better way it What do they know of Orwell who only Animal Farm and Nineteen Eighty Four knowIrving HoweWhy do one write What is the urgency to write or what is the need to write anything at all Does one actually have control what one is writing or there is some profound force which influences one s consciousness or sub consciousness to do so Perhaps one writes to get rid of tribulations of life going in his her head For, there must be some way to disburse these anxious ordeals and what better way it could be than to write We may say, arguably though, that an author, or any one for that matter, writes to express, to get away from the insanity which might take one over if one does not decide to flush out the thoughts boiling up in the head one expresses the turmoil one feels in consciousness, though he may choose different ways to do it sometimes words are simply used to render the tumult and turbulence he might be going through while sometimes words are deftly used to concoct an escapade which may indirectly covey his thoughts Writing a book is a horrible, exhausting struggle, like a long bout of some painful illness One would never undertake such a thing if one were not driven on by some demon whom one can neither resist nor understand For all one knows that demon is simply the same instinct that makes a baby squall for attention Are there any innate values which shape up an author s writing method And what is the role of one s upbringing, ideals hold in childhood, belief system, in motivating one to be an author It may be said, though arguably again, that writing is a self driven and ever evolving personal engagement but development of language is influenced and shaped by other authors one would have followed during early years it stems from personal experience and the innate connection one bore to literature from early age Orwell s essay Why do I write is a peculiar but reasonably specific form of writing, it s an essay which may be quite content to raise an issue, force it on a reader s attention, but then to ruminate and speculate, neither to orate nor pontificate above all it will seem personal not objective, will give a sense of listening to an extended conversation by an odd but interesting individual Orwell s wish to make political writing into an art led to a bold but carefully phrased claim for the originality of his essay He proposed that everyone who writes has some form of political bias, and theone is conscious of one s political bias, thechance one has of acting politically without sacrificing one s aesthetic and intellectual integrity He said that one can not assess a writer s motives without knowing something of his her early development The subject matter of an author will be determined by the age he lives in, his childhood the kind of stories authors imagine in their childhood have reflected in their styles which they adopted over the years Orwell proposed that there are four main motives for writing, at any rate for writing prose egoism, aesthetic enthusiasm, historical impulse and political purpose, though degree of these motives may vary from one author to another and even in one author their proportions may vary from time to time The desire to be talked about, to be remembered after death which satisfies our ego are quintessential to writers Orwell said that serious writers are on the wholevain and self centered, though less interested in money So, if not money then what they entices them is fame not a manifestation of ego Desire to share an experience which one feels is valuable but aesthetic motive is, what Orwell felt, very feeble in a lot of writers perception of beauty in words and their arrangements is one of the prime motives to write The other motive he talked about is historical importance desire to see things as they are, to find out facts and store them up for the use of posterity The role of history and historian has changed over the years, as philosopher and historian Foucault sought to critically examine the seemingly straight forward questions and the responses they had inspired He directed his most sustained skepticism toward those responses among them, race, the unity of reason or the psyche, progress, and liberation He directed his most sustained skepticism toward those responses among them, race, the unity of reason or the psyche, progress, and liberation But those were ages of imperialism that probably that has affected the thought process of the intellectuals then Orwell maintained that no book is genuinely free from political bias, the opinion that art should have nothing to do with politics is itself a political attitude The great mass of human beings are not acutely selfish After the age of about thirty they abandon individual ambition in many cases, indeed, they almost abandon the sense of being individuals at all and live chiefly for others, or are simply smothered under drudgery But there is also the minority of gifted, willful people who are determined to live their own lives to the end, and writers belong in this class. There is another problem, perhaps subtler, which is of language and it may take too long to discuss Orwell said that of later years he tried to write less picturesquely andexactly By the time one perfected any style of writing one has always outgrown it Orwell developed language of satire as he progressed through his career he was fully conscious of what he was doing during writing Animal Farm, to fuse political purpose and artistic purpose into one whole Satire laughter of free man is like meditation wherein stories are written without any reference to any political power, it is an imaginative satire for the targets to become wider over time A good cap fits many heads or can be made to do so with only a little stretching He deliberately chose to write in the plain style for the very reason that he thought it the best way to reach the common reader and to convey truths As he felt that the common man was the best hope for civilization, rather than proletarian man or aristocracies or elites of any kind Orwell s great skill lies in using the essay as a mode of expression are part of his cult of the ordinary, his faith in common sense and common man His plain style also reveals an metaphysical intensity about the value of ordinary things, a kind of secular pietism


  3. Shovelmonkey1 Shovelmonkey1 says:

    Sometimes it would be nice to get a little closer to the author of your favourite books See things a littlefrom their perspective and, you know, really get inside their heads There are various approaches which can be taken in order to achieve this Isabelle Arundell was quite a big fan of the work produced by writer, explorer and all round fantasy adventurer Richard Burton She achieved closeness by monitoring his globe trotting adventures, hanging out in part of London which he frequent Sometimes it would be nice to get a little closer to the author of your favourite books See things a littlefrom their perspective and, you know, really get inside their heads There are various approaches which can be taken in order to achieve this Isabelle Arundell was quite a big fan of the work produced by writer, explorer and all round fantasy adventurer Richard Burton She achieved closeness by monitoring his globe trotting adventures, hanging out in part of London which he frequented, reading all his books and eventually all this hard work paid off and she married him Score Of course this process took approximately ten years so unless you have a large savings account and the patience of a saint then this approach may not be for you There s also the Anne Wilkes in Misery approach The eponymous film and yes, I know it was a book first and foremost, before anyone comments starring James Caan showcased the best and most psychopathic way of bagging your own literary super star Admittedly a lot of this relied purely on chance Wilkes simply lucked out when author Paul Sheldon drunkenly parks his car in a giant snowdrift and she s the only one around to help However, lopping off the limbs of your favourite writers is probably not the best way to ingratiate yourself or secure a starring role in their next book Particularly if you re fond of chopping off their typing fingers Option number three is to get hold of an authors essays in this case, George Orwell s Why I write If you re a fan of all things Orwellian then this is great little book which provides a framework for his literary life experiences and ideas that Orwell used to create some of his literary masterpieces including 1984, Animal Farm and The Road to Wigan Pier The four essays contained within this book Why I write, The Lion and the Unicorn, A Hanging and Politics and the English Language provide intriguing insights into Orwell s life experiences including the development of his political ideology in the 1930s and 1940s, his time in Burma and a short and personal discussion on the decrepitude of the English Language if only he d lived to see how muchbloody the butchering of the English Language has become Short, informative and excellent.However, if none of the above appeal to you and you re not prepared to read essays or simply wait for your favourite author to conveniently drop into your lap then perhaps hanging around outside Waterstones with a sack, some duct tape and hopeful look on your face is a better route


  4. Dannii Elle Dannii Elle says:

    This is a varied group of essays of equally fascinating proportions Contrary to what the title led me to believe, not all of these centre around writing and this, instead, was only the title of the first essay in this collection of four.The first and last essays, Why I Write and Politics and the English Language of which I have a full review here were both my particular favourites and the ones that dealt with purely the art of writing I felt I learned a lot from both of these and are must re This is a varied group of essays of equally fascinating proportions Contrary to what the title led me to believe, not all of these centre around writing and this, instead, was only the title of the first essay in this collection of four.The first and last essays, Why I Write and Politics and the English Language of which I have a full review here were both my particular favourites and the ones that dealt with purely the art of writing I felt I learned a lot from both of these and are must reads for any aspiring author.The second essay, The Unicorn and the Lion, was the most politically concerned and took the largest segment of space, in this anthology This dealt with Orwell s contemporary political climate but much of what he wrote could be adapted to our modern day society His projections for the future were eerily accurate and made for a fascinating read.The third essay, A Hanging, dealt with what the title suggests This seemed the most random, and morbid, of the four essays collected here but on closer inspection was just as politically inclined as its neighbours The hanging in question took place during wartime and it discusses the reactions of those witnessing the death, and many others before it.Despite not being entirely the read I had anticipated, I found this a fascinating and worthy addition to my bookshelves, and have fallen in love with the minimalist beauty of the entire Penguin Great Ideas collection


  5. katie ♡ katie ♡ says:

    George Orwell is a genius and I hope to readof his works soon.


  6. Ivana Books Are Magic Ivana Books Are Magic says:

    There are a few essays in this book, most of them I read before However, a rereading was welcome, because there was only one essay that I had remembered quite well Politics And the English Language I read that one ages ago, when I was still a student I must admit that Politics And the English Language is still one of my favourite essays by Orwell It is simply brilliant If there was a way to do it, I would force everyone to read it Anyway, today I will review only one essay and that will There are a few essays in this book, most of them I read before However, a rereading was welcome, because there was only one essay that I had remembered quite well Politics And the English Language I read that one ages ago, when I was still a student I must admit that Politics And the English Language is still one of my favourite essays by Orwell It is simply brilliant If there was a way to do it, I would force everyone to read it Anyway, today I will review only one essay and that will be Why I Write The other essays in this book I will review when I review the editions I had originally read them in Why I Write waspersonal in tone than I expected it to be Not that I m complaining I consider Orwell to be one of the best essayists in the English language, if not the best As much as I love the directness of his famous essay about the politics and the English language, I m always interested in learningabout him, so this essay proved to be a wonderful read In other words, I was only glad to read about Orwell s relationship with writing from apersonal point of view Take a look at this, the opening sentence to this essay From a very early age, perhaps the age of five or six, I knew that when I grew up I should be a writer Between the ages of about seventeen and twenty four I tried to abandon this idea, but I did so with the consciousness that I was outraging my true nature and that sooner or later I should have to settle down and write books Now, that s pretty personal, isn t it Orwell s words made me think of other writers I admire and sure enough they also wrote about writing being essential to them, about feeling that it is a part of their nature Is the need for writing something we are born with Is it nurture or nature I can t help noticing that a lot of writers, great writers, were rather sickly or isolated lonely as children For many great writers to be, childhood was a challenging time at best I remember what Kazuo Ishiguro said about writing, how it is important to start writing young and not to wait for mature years, how you can write just as well and in some cases even better as young How young is too young or is there such a a thing Is it a coincidence that a lot of great writers had the habit of escaping into dream worlds as kids I read a few books of Orwell s collected essays so I remember reading about his unhappy and lonely childhood before Still, I couldn t help being touched when I read this I had the lonely child s habit of making up stories and holding conversations with imaginary persons, and I think from the very start my literary ambitions were mixed up with the feeling of being isolated and undervalued In addition, that sentence made me think about how much does childhood affects a writer Is it perhaps the crucial time in a life of a writer, something one always comes back to, or is a place from where the inspiration comes, from where the feelings are born, both the good and the bad ones Orwell seems to be aware of all the complex influences on the writer and about this important subject he says the following I give all this background information because I do not think one can assess a writer s motives without knowing something of his early development His subject matter will be determined by the age he lives in at least this is true in tumultuous, revolutionary ages like our own but before he ever begins to write he will have acquired an emotional attitude from which he will never completely escape It is his job, no doubt, to discipline his temperament and avoid getting stuck at some immature stage, in some perverse mood but if he escapes from his early influences altogether, he will have killed his impulse to write Putting aside the need to earn a living, I think there are four great motives for writing, at any rate for writing prose They exist in different degrees in every writer, and in any one writer the proportions will vary from time to time, according to the atmosphere in which he is living Orwell goes on to explain how there are four main reasons why any writer writes Sheer egoism, Aesthetic enthusiasm, Historical impulse and Political purpose He explains it rather well, as you can imagine I honestly think that any reader and writer for that matter will find that part of the essay extremely interesting From there, Orwell continues to write a bitabout his own writing path, about historical events that influenced him and so on Orwell says that by the end of 1935, he still didn t reach a solid decision about whether to be a writer or not Orwell even included a little poem that he wrote as a result of his dilemma to be or not to be a writer I rather liked it, so I ll post it bellow A happy vicar I might have beenTwo hundred years agoTo preach upon eternal doomAnd watch my walnuts grow But born, alas, in an evil time,I missed that pleasant haven,For the hair has grown on my upper lipAnd the clergy are all clean shaven.And later still the times were good,We were so easy to please,We rocked our troubled thoughts to sleepOn the bosoms of the trees.All ignorant we dared to ownThe joys we now dissemble The greenfinch on the apple boughCould make my enemies tremble.But girl s bellies and apricots,Roach in a shaded stream,Horses, ducks in flight at dawn,All these are a dream.It is forbidden to dream again We maim our joys or hide them Horses are made of chromium steelAnd little fat men shall ride them.I am the worm who never turned,The eunuch without a harem Between the priest and the commissarI walk like Eugene Aram And the commissar is telling my fortuneWhile the radio plays,But the priest has promised an Austin Seven,For Duggie always pays.I dreamt I dwelt in marble halls,And woke to find it true I wasn t born for an age like this Was Smith Was Jones Were you After sharing this poem, Orwell talks a bitabout political writing, explain what it means and shows what its challenges are At the conclusion of this essay, he gets a bit softer and opens up again He talks about the process of writing with a refreshing honestly There is one sentence that really stayed with me and I must share it Writing a book is a horrible, exhausting struggle, like a long bout of some painful illness


  7. Anuradha Anuradha says:

    To understand why this book means to me as much as it does, it is important to do what Orwell does in the beginning of this book go back to my childhood When I was eleven years old, and people asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up, I had one answer I don t know what I want to do, but I know I ll never work in politics Oh, how wrong I was A combination of having to closely follow elections because my grandfather did, and watching Aaron Sorkin shows, primarily, however, piqued my inte To understand why this book means to me as much as it does, it is important to do what Orwell does in the beginning of this book go back to my childhood When I was eleven years old, and people asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up, I had one answer I don t know what I want to do, but I know I ll never work in politics Oh, how wrong I was A combination of having to closely follow elections because my grandfather did, and watching Aaron Sorkin shows, primarily, however, piqued my interest in said field, the field I had refused to wade in Indeed, there are a myriad of reasons why I study politics There are, however, exactly two reasons for why I want to write about politics, and George Orwell is one of them The other is Stephen Kinzer.Orwell, throughout his book emphasises on one main fact that all writing is political And while that has not shaped my world view or what I write, I believe that it is the cardinal rule we need to accept before we write Even if, unlike me, you don t write about why we should redefine human trafficking or something equally depressing General fiction, plays, even thrillers and romance novels, are political The politics of the writer has a way of seeping into the writing, and that s only a fact of nature The primary reason I think everyone should read this book is because Orwell practises what he preaches The key to good writing, he explains is to keep it simple and stick to the point, and that is what he does Why I Write is but a hundred pages long Whereas other books on writing, written by other authors I admire, are at least 3 times the length Why I Write is indeed the antithesis to all the political writing we see today.Of course, I m going to end my review here It would be a disservice to the man if I waxed poetic about this book, when the crux of his advice is to do exactly the opposite


  8. Mark Donnelly Mark Donnelly says:

    Each one of us has to decide what we want to do with the days that unfold, way too quickly Orwell s penmanship cuts through the wordiness that only a man that knows what he wanted, where he was at, and where he wanted to go could achieve.As a writer myself, I am on a journey where I also knew with a lighting bolt shift in consciousness at 31 years of age that I was to write And so my eyes still in a soft thrill, when I find a writer that I can learn from, to understand me, my craft, and life b Each one of us has to decide what we want to do with the days that unfold, way too quickly Orwell s penmanship cuts through the wordiness that only a man that knows what he wanted, where he was at, and where he wanted to go could achieve.As a writer myself, I am on a journey where I also knew with a lighting bolt shift in consciousness at 31 years of age that I was to write And so my eyes still in a soft thrill, when I find a writer that I can learn from, to understand me, my craft, and life better Orwell, accomplishes this on so many levels, and why Honesty, experience, and reflection He raises the four great motives for why writer s write, at any rate for writing prose, which are the backbone, the keystone, of why he, and other writer s write sheer egoism, aesthetic enthusiasm, historical impulse, and political purpose.As kids we ask why, why, why And this is a great way to learn for them, to understand, to relate to, and as it is here, by asking why, we become better writers We start to lose our self consciousness, and gain self respect, and the most important traitself confidence And as a result gain a deep seeded respect for the craft of writing Our mentors, which we all have, have tussled and hustled their way through the red tape of their minds, their life, to breakthrough as a writer worthy of being a mentor Refining the style to becomeexact rather than picturesque was his pursuit To expose a lie To be true to himself To share with the world the truth according to George Orwell My, my, how invigorating it is to see a writer love words in this way, and as he states, Good prose is like a windowpane This to the end is also my pursuit I loved it, and he is definitely one of my mentors


  9. Stian Stian says:

    This is a short little book containing a few of Orwell s writings These are as follows A Hanging 1931 , The Lion and the Unicorn 1940 , Politics and the English Language 1946 , and Why I write 1946 The Lion and the Unicorn is the longest essay by quite some distance, and deals with wartime Britain and how Orwell perceives the British family, its politics, its weaknesses, flaws, and what the state of the nation is in itself, and what role Britain plays in the war It begins, As I write This is a short little book containing a few of Orwell s writings These are as follows A Hanging 1931 , The Lion and the Unicorn 1940 , Politics and the English Language 1946 , and Why I write 1946 The Lion and the Unicorn is the longest essay by quite some distance, and deals with wartime Britain and how Orwell perceives the British family, its politics, its weaknesses, flaws, and what the state of the nation is in itself, and what role Britain plays in the war It begins, As I write, highly civilized human beings are flying overhead, trying to kill me. He writes that England is not the jewelled isle of Shakespeare s much quoted message, nor the inferno depicted by Dr Goebbels More than either it resembles a family, a rather stuffy victorian family, with not so many black sheep in it but with all its cupboards bursting with skeletons It has rich relations who have to be kow towed to and poor relations who are horribly sat upon, and there is a deep conspiracy of silence about the source of the family income It is a family in which the young are generally thwarted and most of the power is in the hands of irresponsible uncles and bedridden aunts Still, it is a family A family with the wrong members in control that, perhaps, is as near as one can come to describing England in a phrase. In general this is an interesting essay, especially for those interested in history, but it also outlines some ideas and thoughts that would be further developed in 1984 and Animal Farm and is well worth a read for that alone The remaining essays are also very interesting, and if it weren t for my laziness I would writeabout those too Just take my word for it they are pretty short and very enjoyable to read, and they are all well worth your time A Hanging is so short you can basically read it right now in 5 or 10 minutes, so go for it Here s a link I d like to rephrase a quote by Pyotr Kroptkin to say something about Orwell Kropotkin, talking about a poetry loving friend wrote,Sometimes he would advise me to read poetry, and would send me in his letters quantities of verses and whole poems, which he wrote from memory Read poetry, he wrote poetry makes men better How often, in my later life, I realized the truth of this remark of his Read poetry it makes men better. Read Orwell it makes us better


  10. Tanya Tanya says:

    The power of a pen and a mind unapologetically free It had been long since I read something by Orwell and I somehow craved for an honest prose Such an encounter with Orwell was like sitting with him face to face and letting him describe all he thought while writing his masterpieces A much needed confrontation with a writer as raw as him When I sit down to write a book, I do not say to myself, I am going to produce a work of art I write it because there is some lie that I want to expose, The power of a pen and a mind unapologetically free It had been long since I read something by Orwell and I somehow craved for an honest prose Such an encounter with Orwell was like sitting with him face to face and letting him describe all he thought while writing his masterpieces A much needed confrontation with a writer as raw as him When I sit down to write a book, I do not say to myself, I am going to produce a work of art I write it because there is some lie that I want to expose, some fact to which I want to draw attention, and my initial concern is to get a hearing


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Why I Write❮Reading❯ ➺ Why I Write Author George Orwell – Capitalsoftworks.co.uk Whether puncturing the lies of politicians, wittily dissecting the English character or telling unpalatable truths about war, Orwell s timeless, uncompromising essays are relevant, entertaining and es Whether puncturing the lies of politicians, wittily dissecting the English character or telling unpalatable truths about war, Orwell s timeless, uncompromising essays are relevant, entertaining and essential than ever in today s era of spinContents Why I Write , first publishedThe Lion and the Unicorn , first publishedA Hanging , first publishedPolitics and the English Language , first published.


About the Author: George Orwell

Eric Arthur Blair, better known by his pen name George Orwell, was an English author and journalist His work is marked by keen intelligence and wit, a profound awareness of social injustice, an intense opposition to totalitarianism, a passion for clarity in language, and a belief in democratic socialismIn addition to his literary career Orwell served as a police officer with the Indian Imperial Police in Why I PDF/EPUB ² Burma from and fought with the Republicans in the Spanish Civil War from Orwell was severely wounded when he was shot through his throat Later the organization that he had joined when he joined the Republican cause, The Workers Party of Marxist Unification POUM , was painted by the pro Soviet Communists as a Trotskyist organization Trotsky was Joseph Stalin s enemy and disbanded Orwell and his wife were accused of rabid Trotskyism and tried in absentia in Barcelona, along with other leaders of the POUM, in However by then they had escaped from Spain and returned to England Between and , Orwell worked on propaganda for the BBC In , he became literary editor of the Tribune, a weekly left wing magazine He was a prolific polemical journalist, article writer, literary critic, reviewer, poet, and writer of fiction, and, considered perhaps the twentieth century s best chronicler of English culture Orwell is best known for the dystopian novel Nineteen Eighty Four published in and the satirical novella Animal Farm they have together soldcopies than any two books by any other twentieth century author His book Homage to Catalonia, an account of his experiences as a volunteer on the Republican side during the Spanish Civil War, together with numerous essays on politics, literature, language, and culture, have been widely acclaimed Orwell s influence on contemporary culture, popular and political, continues decades after his death Several of his neologisms, along with the term Orwellian now a byword for any oppressive or manipulative social phenomenon opposed to a free society have entered the vernacular.


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  1. Matthias Matthias says:

    Part 56 in the Another autobiographical review that nobody asked for series.Why I ReviewIt was already very late in my boyhood, at thirty years old, when I considered writing book reviews Being the man of action that I am, which is to say a lazy bum, it was almost to my own surprise that this innocent consideration promptly turned itself into virulent spasms across the keyboard, with my first contributions on Goodreads as the very unfortunate result Thankfully my friends list at the time on Part 56 in the Another autobiographical review that nobody asked for series.Why I ReviewIt was already very late in my boyhood, at thirty years old, when I considered writing book reviews Being the man of action that I am, which is to say a lazy bum, it was almost to my own surprise that this innocent consideration promptly turned itself into virulent spasms across the keyboard, with my first contributions on Goodreads as the very unfortunate result Thankfully my friends list at the time only consisted of some imported Facebook contacts who had last been active 5 years prior to my sudden burst of literary enthusiasm and who had gotten too busy climbing up corporate ladders to even remember ever having registered to a website about books, let alone notice what I was doing Maybe it was this anonymity that allowed me to stay here, because as my own ineptitude was gradually becoming clearer to me as I was reading through others reviews, I still persisted in forcing myself upon this community and fiendishly sent out friend requests in hopes of learning but mainly in hopes of belonging in this hall of learned ladies and gentlemen I didn t stop to ponder on these hopes, on my true intentions, my real motivations I just went with that big bang moment that seemed to come out of nowhere and I took it from there I never stopped to ask Why George Orwell and his essay on why he writes made me revisit those early days of reviewing and the months years that have transpired since then I found his considerations relevant to why I am doing what I do, and the structure he employed quite helpful for the organisation of my own scrambled thoughts Also, it s a very good essay and I rated it five stars, in case you were here for just the review If you find yourself even remotely interested in reading further through my recollections then I can wholeheartedly recommend George Orwell s original text Employing Orwell s essay structure, I should start with an understanding of my true nature and with a return to my childhood Many of you already know that I was a happy, skinny, bespectacled and introverted child with no brothers or sisters and with a wonderful dog I will not elaborate on that childhood too much since I already did that in other reviews, but these traits do explain a tendency to keep busy with solitary activities As a child or teenager these activities strangely enough barely entailed reading or writing, aside from comic books and what was required for school I found reading to be very boring It felt like watching a movie with subtitles, only without the movie, and much slower And with the advent of video games I truly had everything my solitary heart desired The few books I had at that time turned yellow, collected dust and eventually got sold for twenty francs Fast forward to the internet, with its chat rooms and forums devoted to games and the dominance of the English language in those settings At a certain point I spenttime on the Internet discussing game strategies rather than playing the games themselves, as I also started commenting on the personal stories and the societal comments people invariably shared on these things It is now, also through remembering some emails and letters I sent, I realise that it was mainly the writing in itself that I enjoyed, especially in English All I needed was something worthwhile to write about Another fast forward to much later to when I finally started reading, also in English Murakami s The Wind Up Bird Chronicle proved to be the perfect present and as I read and finished that one I couldn t wait to start another book and then another and then another Forget about slow Forget about where are the pictures Finally the movies I always wanted were playing in my mind as I sped through the pages But after a couple of books a sad realisation gripped me as I asked myself What was the Murakami book about again Something about a well and melanomaClearly I had forgotten I ve always been someone who got through lifeon the basis of an understanding in the moment rather than a remembering of the past There are a lot of things to be said for traveling light and taking nothing with you on your travels, but I figured I preferred to try and collect some souvenirs at least Hence the idea to write reviews So that s the narrative But Orwell also comes up with a list of motives, especially when it comes to writing in order to be read, which clearly apply to my case Sheer egoismThe desire to seem clever Check The immediate feedback system on Goodreads coupled with its exceedingly generous community makes this motive a potentially overpowering one.Aesthetic enthusiasmThe desire to share an experience which one feels is valuable and ought not to be missed Check Hope you got John McNee s books in your libraries I think I stressed that enough by now In the case of reviewing it can also be the opposite of aesthetic enthusiasm, for cases where you would like to dissuade people from ever getting near a certain book Having seen some negative reviews, those can be pretty enthusiastic as well Historical impulseThe desire to see things as they are, to find out true facts and store them up for use of posterity On the one hand I can t say Check here because I m dealing in opinions rather than facts, but on the other hand, as is the case with classics , some general opinions turn into facts and it s nice to either try and debunk them or wholeheartedly defend their status In essence to see for yourself what all the fuss is about and reach your own conclusions Moreover the discussions on books and society that often ensue on this website are often very enriching to me and teach me in much the same way a history teacher would, so what the hell Check Political purposeThe desire to push the world in a certain direction, to alter people s idea of the kind of society they should strive after Dump Trump , uhh, I mean Check So there we have it A why that has been answered, if not fully, at least partially A reason for writing that Orwell shortly touched upon as well is for a living But I think only very few here get compensation in financial terms, not counting gifted books in return for reviews Unless you guys know something that I don t In any case, in the end the most important reason lies in the amalgam of all those reasons enumerated above, an amalgam that I can only describe as I love being here.Just kidding, that s not a reason, that s circular reasoning But I almost made you tear up, didn t I It s true though I do

  2. Gaurav Gaurav says:

    What do they know of Orwell who only Animal Farm and Nineteen Eighty Four knowIrving HoweWhy do one write What is the urgency to write or what is the need to write anything at all Does one actually have control what one is writing or there is some profound force which influences one s consciousness or sub consciousness to do so Perhaps one writes to get rid of tribulations of life going in his her head For, there must be some way to disburse these anxious ordeals and what better way it What do they know of Orwell who only Animal Farm and Nineteen Eighty Four knowIrving HoweWhy do one write What is the urgency to write or what is the need to write anything at all Does one actually have control what one is writing or there is some profound force which influences one s consciousness or sub consciousness to do so Perhaps one writes to get rid of tribulations of life going in his her head For, there must be some way to disburse these anxious ordeals and what better way it could be than to write We may say, arguably though, that an author, or any one for that matter, writes to express, to get away from the insanity which might take one over if one does not decide to flush out the thoughts boiling up in the head one expresses the turmoil one feels in consciousness, though he may choose different ways to do it sometimes words are simply used to render the tumult and turbulence he might be going through while sometimes words are deftly used to concoct an escapade which may indirectly covey his thoughts Writing a book is a horrible, exhausting struggle, like a long bout of some painful illness One would never undertake such a thing if one were not driven on by some demon whom one can neither resist nor understand For all one knows that demon is simply the same instinct that makes a baby squall for attention Are there any innate values which shape up an author s writing method And what is the role of one s upbringing, ideals hold in childhood, belief system, in motivating one to be an author It may be said, though arguably again, that writing is a self driven and ever evolving personal engagement but development of language is influenced and shaped by other authors one would have followed during early years it stems from personal experience and the innate connection one bore to literature from early age Orwell s essay Why do I write is a peculiar but reasonably specific form of writing, it s an essay which may be quite content to raise an issue, force it on a reader s attention, but then to ruminate and speculate, neither to orate nor pontificate above all it will seem personal not objective, will give a sense of listening to an extended conversation by an odd but interesting individual Orwell s wish to make political writing into an art led to a bold but carefully phrased claim for the originality of his essay He proposed that everyone who writes has some form of political bias, and theone is conscious of one s political bias, thechance one has of acting politically without sacrificing one s aesthetic and intellectual integrity He said that one can not assess a writer s motives without knowing something of his her early development The subject matter of an author will be determined by the age he lives in, his childhood the kind of stories authors imagine in their childhood have reflected in their styles which they adopted over the years Orwell proposed that there are four main motives for writing, at any rate for writing prose egoism, aesthetic enthusiasm, historical impulse and political purpose, though degree of these motives may vary from one author to another and even in one author their proportions may vary from time to time The desire to be talked about, to be remembered after death which satisfies our ego are quintessential to writers Orwell said that serious writers are on the wholevain and self centered, though less interested in money So, if not money then what they entices them is fame not a manifestation of ego Desire to share an experience which one feels is valuable but aesthetic motive is, what Orwell felt, very feeble in a lot of writers perception of beauty in words and their arrangements is one of the prime motives to write The other motive he talked about is historical importance desire to see things as they are, to find out facts and store them up for the use of posterity The role of history and historian has changed over the years, as philosopher and historian Foucault sought to critically examine the seemingly straight forward questions and the responses they had inspired He directed his most sustained skepticism toward those responses among them, race, the unity of reason or the psyche, progress, and liberation He directed his most sustained skepticism toward those responses among them, race, the unity of reason or the psyche, progress, and liberation But those were ages of imperialism that probably that has affected the thought process of the intellectuals then Orwell maintained that no book is genuinely free from political bias, the opinion that art should have nothing to do with politics is itself a political attitude The great mass of human beings are not acutely selfish After the age of about thirty they abandon individual ambition in many cases, indeed, they almost abandon the sense of being individuals at all and live chiefly for others, or are simply smothered under drudgery But there is also the minority of gifted, willful people who are determined to live their own lives to the end, and writers belong in this class. There is another problem, perhaps subtler, which is of language and it may take too long to discuss Orwell said that of later years he tried to write less picturesquely andexactly By the time one perfected any style of writing one has always outgrown it Orwell developed language of satire as he progressed through his career he was fully conscious of what he was doing during writing Animal Farm, to fuse political purpose and artistic purpose into one whole Satire laughter of free man is like meditation wherein stories are written without any reference to any political power, it is an imaginative satire for the targets to become wider over time A good cap fits many heads or can be made to do so with only a little stretching He deliberately chose to write in the plain style for the very reason that he thought it the best way to reach the common reader and to convey truths As he felt that the common man was the best hope for civilization, rather than proletarian man or aristocracies or elites of any kind Orwell s great skill lies in using the essay as a mode of expression are part of his cult of the ordinary, his faith in common sense and common man His plain style also reveals an metaphysical intensity about the value of ordinary things, a kind of secular pietism

  3. Shovelmonkey1 Shovelmonkey1 says:

    Sometimes it would be nice to get a little closer to the author of your favourite books See things a littlefrom their perspective and, you know, really get inside their heads There are various approaches which can be taken in order to achieve this Isabelle Arundell was quite a big fan of the work produced by writer, explorer and all round fantasy adventurer Richard Burton She achieved closeness by monitoring his globe trotting adventures, hanging out in part of London which he frequent Sometimes it would be nice to get a little closer to the author of your favourite books See things a littlefrom their perspective and, you know, really get inside their heads There are various approaches which can be taken in order to achieve this Isabelle Arundell was quite a big fan of the work produced by writer, explorer and all round fantasy adventurer Richard Burton She achieved closeness by monitoring his globe trotting adventures, hanging out in part of London which he frequented, reading all his books and eventually all this hard work paid off and she married him Score Of course this process took approximately ten years so unless you have a large savings account and the patience of a saint then this approach may not be for you There s also the Anne Wilkes in Misery approach The eponymous film and yes, I know it was a book first and foremost, before anyone comments starring James Caan showcased the best and most psychopathic way of bagging your own literary super star Admittedly a lot of this relied purely on chance Wilkes simply lucked out when author Paul Sheldon drunkenly parks his car in a giant snowdrift and she s the only one around to help However, lopping off the limbs of your favourite writers is probably not the best way to ingratiate yourself or secure a starring role in their next book Particularly if you re fond of chopping off their typing fingers Option number three is to get hold of an authors essays in this case, George Orwell s Why I write If you re a fan of all things Orwellian then this is great little book which provides a framework for his literary life experiences and ideas that Orwell used to create some of his literary masterpieces including 1984, Animal Farm and The Road to Wigan Pier The four essays contained within this book Why I write, The Lion and the Unicorn, A Hanging and Politics and the English Language provide intriguing insights into Orwell s life experiences including the development of his political ideology in the 1930s and 1940s, his time in Burma and a short and personal discussion on the decrepitude of the English Language if only he d lived to see how muchbloody the butchering of the English Language has become Short, informative and excellent.However, if none of the above appeal to you and you re not prepared to read essays or simply wait for your favourite author to conveniently drop into your lap then perhaps hanging around outside Waterstones with a sack, some duct tape and hopeful look on your face is a better route

  4. Dannii Elle Dannii Elle says:

    This is a varied group of essays of equally fascinating proportions Contrary to what the title led me to believe, not all of these centre around writing and this, instead, was only the title of the first essay in this collection of four.The first and last essays, Why I Write and Politics and the English Language of which I have a full review here were both my particular favourites and the ones that dealt with purely the art of writing I felt I learned a lot from both of these and are must re This is a varied group of essays of equally fascinating proportions Contrary to what the title led me to believe, not all of these centre around writing and this, instead, was only the title of the first essay in this collection of four.The first and last essays, Why I Write and Politics and the English Language of which I have a full review here were both my particular favourites and the ones that dealt with purely the art of writing I felt I learned a lot from both of these and are must reads for any aspiring author.The second essay, The Unicorn and the Lion, was the most politically concerned and took the largest segment of space, in this anthology This dealt with Orwell s contemporary political climate but much of what he wrote could be adapted to our modern day society His projections for the future were eerily accurate and made for a fascinating read.The third essay, A Hanging, dealt with what the title suggests This seemed the most random, and morbid, of the four essays collected here but on closer inspection was just as politically inclined as its neighbours The hanging in question took place during wartime and it discusses the reactions of those witnessing the death, and many others before it.Despite not being entirely the read I had anticipated, I found this a fascinating and worthy addition to my bookshelves, and have fallen in love with the minimalist beauty of the entire Penguin Great Ideas collection

  5. katie ♡ katie ♡ says:

    George Orwell is a genius and I hope to readof his works soon.

  6. Ivana Books Are Magic Ivana Books Are Magic says:

    There are a few essays in this book, most of them I read before However, a rereading was welcome, because there was only one essay that I had remembered quite well Politics And the English Language I read that one ages ago, when I was still a student I must admit that Politics And the English Language is still one of my favourite essays by Orwell It is simply brilliant If there was a way to do it, I would force everyone to read it Anyway, today I will review only one essay and that will There are a few essays in this book, most of them I read before However, a rereading was welcome, because there was only one essay that I had remembered quite well Politics And the English Language I read that one ages ago, when I was still a student I must admit that Politics And the English Language is still one of my favourite essays by Orwell It is simply brilliant If there was a way to do it, I would force everyone to read it Anyway, today I will review only one essay and that will be Why I Write The other essays in this book I will review when I review the editions I had originally read them in Why I Write waspersonal in tone than I expected it to be Not that I m complaining I consider Orwell to be one of the best essayists in the English language, if not the best As much as I love the directness of his famous essay about the politics and the English language, I m always interested in learningabout him, so this essay proved to be a wonderful read In other words, I was only glad to read about Orwell s relationship with writing from apersonal point of view Take a look at this, the opening sentence to this essay From a very early age, perhaps the age of five or six, I knew that when I grew up I should be a writer Between the ages of about seventeen and twenty four I tried to abandon this idea, but I did so with the consciousness that I was outraging my true nature and that sooner or later I should have to settle down and write books Now, that s pretty personal, isn t it Orwell s words made me think of other writers I admire and sure enough they also wrote about writing being essential to them, about feeling that it is a part of their nature Is the need for writing something we are born with Is it nurture or nature I can t help noticing that a lot of writers, great writers, were rather sickly or isolated lonely as children For many great writers to be, childhood was a challenging time at best I remember what Kazuo Ishiguro said about writing, how it is important to start writing young and not to wait for mature years, how you can write just as well and in some cases even better as young How young is too young or is there such a a thing Is it a coincidence that a lot of great writers had the habit of escaping into dream worlds as kids I read a few books of Orwell s collected essays so I remember reading about his unhappy and lonely childhood before Still, I couldn t help being touched when I read this I had the lonely child s habit of making up stories and holding conversations with imaginary persons, and I think from the very start my literary ambitions were mixed up with the feeling of being isolated and undervalued In addition, that sentence made me think about how much does childhood affects a writer Is it perhaps the crucial time in a life of a writer, something one always comes back to, or is a place from where the inspiration comes, from where the feelings are born, both the good and the bad ones Orwell seems to be aware of all the complex influences on the writer and about this important subject he says the following I give all this background information because I do not think one can assess a writer s motives without knowing something of his early development His subject matter will be determined by the age he lives in at least this is true in tumultuous, revolutionary ages like our own but before he ever begins to write he will have acquired an emotional attitude from which he will never completely escape It is his job, no doubt, to discipline his temperament and avoid getting stuck at some immature stage, in some perverse mood but if he escapes from his early influences altogether, he will have killed his impulse to write Putting aside the need to earn a living, I think there are four great motives for writing, at any rate for writing prose They exist in different degrees in every writer, and in any one writer the proportions will vary from time to time, according to the atmosphere in which he is living Orwell goes on to explain how there are four main reasons why any writer writes Sheer egoism, Aesthetic enthusiasm, Historical impulse and Political purpose He explains it rather well, as you can imagine I honestly think that any reader and writer for that matter will find that part of the essay extremely interesting From there, Orwell continues to write a bitabout his own writing path, about historical events that influenced him and so on Orwell says that by the end of 1935, he still didn t reach a solid decision about whether to be a writer or not Orwell even included a little poem that he wrote as a result of his dilemma to be or not to be a writer I rather liked it, so I ll post it bellow A happy vicar I might have beenTwo hundred years agoTo preach upon eternal doomAnd watch my walnuts grow But born, alas, in an evil time,I missed that pleasant haven,For the hair has grown on my upper lipAnd the clergy are all clean shaven.And later still the times were good,We were so easy to please,We rocked our troubled thoughts to sleepOn the bosoms of the trees.All ignorant we dared to ownThe joys we now dissemble The greenfinch on the apple boughCould make my enemies tremble.But girl s bellies and apricots,Roach in a shaded stream,Horses, ducks in flight at dawn,All these are a dream.It is forbidden to dream again We maim our joys or hide them Horses are made of chromium steelAnd little fat men shall ride them.I am the worm who never turned,The eunuch without a harem Between the priest and the commissarI walk like Eugene Aram And the commissar is telling my fortuneWhile the radio plays,But the priest has promised an Austin Seven,For Duggie always pays.I dreamt I dwelt in marble halls,And woke to find it true I wasn t born for an age like this Was Smith Was Jones Were you After sharing this poem, Orwell talks a bitabout political writing, explain what it means and shows what its challenges are At the conclusion of this essay, he gets a bit softer and opens up again He talks about the process of writing with a refreshing honestly There is one sentence that really stayed with me and I must share it Writing a book is a horrible, exhausting struggle, like a long bout of some painful illness

  7. Anuradha Anuradha says:

    To understand why this book means to me as much as it does, it is important to do what Orwell does in the beginning of this book go back to my childhood When I was eleven years old, and people asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up, I had one answer I don t know what I want to do, but I know I ll never work in politics Oh, how wrong I was A combination of having to closely follow elections because my grandfather did, and watching Aaron Sorkin shows, primarily, however, piqued my inte To understand why this book means to me as much as it does, it is important to do what Orwell does in the beginning of this book go back to my childhood When I was eleven years old, and people asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up, I had one answer I don t know what I want to do, but I know I ll never work in politics Oh, how wrong I was A combination of having to closely follow elections because my grandfather did, and watching Aaron Sorkin shows, primarily, however, piqued my interest in said field, the field I had refused to wade in Indeed, there are a myriad of reasons why I study politics There are, however, exactly two reasons for why I want to write about politics, and George Orwell is one of them The other is Stephen Kinzer.Orwell, throughout his book emphasises on one main fact that all writing is political And while that has not shaped my world view or what I write, I believe that it is the cardinal rule we need to accept before we write Even if, unlike me, you don t write about why we should redefine human trafficking or something equally depressing General fiction, plays, even thrillers and romance novels, are political The politics of the writer has a way of seeping into the writing, and that s only a fact of nature The primary reason I think everyone should read this book is because Orwell practises what he preaches The key to good writing, he explains is to keep it simple and stick to the point, and that is what he does Why I Write is but a hundred pages long Whereas other books on writing, written by other authors I admire, are at least 3 times the length Why I Write is indeed the antithesis to all the political writing we see today.Of course, I m going to end my review here It would be a disservice to the man if I waxed poetic about this book, when the crux of his advice is to do exactly the opposite

  8. Mark Donnelly Mark Donnelly says:

    Each one of us has to decide what we want to do with the days that unfold, way too quickly Orwell s penmanship cuts through the wordiness that only a man that knows what he wanted, where he was at, and where he wanted to go could achieve.As a writer myself, I am on a journey where I also knew with a lighting bolt shift in consciousness at 31 years of age that I was to write And so my eyes still in a soft thrill, when I find a writer that I can learn from, to understand me, my craft, and life b Each one of us has to decide what we want to do with the days that unfold, way too quickly Orwell s penmanship cuts through the wordiness that only a man that knows what he wanted, where he was at, and where he wanted to go could achieve.As a writer myself, I am on a journey where I also knew with a lighting bolt shift in consciousness at 31 years of age that I was to write And so my eyes still in a soft thrill, when I find a writer that I can learn from, to understand me, my craft, and life better Orwell, accomplishes this on so many levels, and why Honesty, experience, and reflection He raises the four great motives for why writer s write, at any rate for writing prose, which are the backbone, the keystone, of why he, and other writer s write sheer egoism, aesthetic enthusiasm, historical impulse, and political purpose.As kids we ask why, why, why And this is a great way to learn for them, to understand, to relate to, and as it is here, by asking why, we become better writers We start to lose our self consciousness, and gain self respect, and the most important traitself confidence And as a result gain a deep seeded respect for the craft of writing Our mentors, which we all have, have tussled and hustled their way through the red tape of their minds, their life, to breakthrough as a writer worthy of being a mentor Refining the style to becomeexact rather than picturesque was his pursuit To expose a lie To be true to himself To share with the world the truth according to George Orwell My, my, how invigorating it is to see a writer love words in this way, and as he states, Good prose is like a windowpane This to the end is also my pursuit I loved it, and he is definitely one of my mentors

  9. Stian Stian says:

    This is a short little book containing a few of Orwell s writings These are as follows A Hanging 1931 , The Lion and the Unicorn 1940 , Politics and the English Language 1946 , and Why I write 1946 The Lion and the Unicorn is the longest essay by quite some distance, and deals with wartime Britain and how Orwell perceives the British family, its politics, its weaknesses, flaws, and what the state of the nation is in itself, and what role Britain plays in the war It begins, As I write This is a short little book containing a few of Orwell s writings These are as follows A Hanging 1931 , The Lion and the Unicorn 1940 , Politics and the English Language 1946 , and Why I write 1946 The Lion and the Unicorn is the longest essay by quite some distance, and deals with wartime Britain and how Orwell perceives the British family, its politics, its weaknesses, flaws, and what the state of the nation is in itself, and what role Britain plays in the war It begins, As I write, highly civilized human beings are flying overhead, trying to kill me. He writes that England is not the jewelled isle of Shakespeare s much quoted message, nor the inferno depicted by Dr Goebbels More than either it resembles a family, a rather stuffy victorian family, with not so many black sheep in it but with all its cupboards bursting with skeletons It has rich relations who have to be kow towed to and poor relations who are horribly sat upon, and there is a deep conspiracy of silence about the source of the family income It is a family in which the young are generally thwarted and most of the power is in the hands of irresponsible uncles and bedridden aunts Still, it is a family A family with the wrong members in control that, perhaps, is as near as one can come to describing England in a phrase. In general this is an interesting essay, especially for those interested in history, but it also outlines some ideas and thoughts that would be further developed in 1984 and Animal Farm and is well worth a read for that alone The remaining essays are also very interesting, and if it weren t for my laziness I would writeabout those too Just take my word for it they are pretty short and very enjoyable to read, and they are all well worth your time A Hanging is so short you can basically read it right now in 5 or 10 minutes, so go for it Here s a link I d like to rephrase a quote by Pyotr Kroptkin to say something about Orwell Kropotkin, talking about a poetry loving friend wrote,Sometimes he would advise me to read poetry, and would send me in his letters quantities of verses and whole poems, which he wrote from memory Read poetry, he wrote poetry makes men better How often, in my later life, I realized the truth of this remark of his Read poetry it makes men better. Read Orwell it makes us better

  10. Tanya Tanya says:

    The power of a pen and a mind unapologetically free It had been long since I read something by Orwell and I somehow craved for an honest prose Such an encounter with Orwell was like sitting with him face to face and letting him describe all he thought while writing his masterpieces A much needed confrontation with a writer as raw as him When I sit down to write a book, I do not say to myself, I am going to produce a work of art I write it because there is some lie that I want to expose, The power of a pen and a mind unapologetically free It had been long since I read something by Orwell and I somehow craved for an honest prose Such an encounter with Orwell was like sitting with him face to face and letting him describe all he thought while writing his masterpieces A much needed confrontation with a writer as raw as him When I sit down to write a book, I do not say to myself, I am going to produce a work of art I write it because there is some lie that I want to expose, some fact to which I want to draw attention, and my initial concern is to get a hearing

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