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  1. Jonfaith Jonfaith says:

    In Moulmein, in lower Burma, I was hated by large numbers of people the only time in my life that I have been important enough for this to happen to me.Circumstances colluded yesterday for me to read almost all of this compendium I joined the ranks of countless undergrads by finally reading A Hanging Noteworthy are reviews which address Melville and Stendhal even greater is the essay on Dickens There are also fascinating letters to Runciman and Spender A transformation from aspiring lef In Moulmein, in lower Burma, I was hated by large numbers of people the only time in my life that I have been important enough for this to happen to me.Circumstances colluded yesterday for me to read almost all of this compendium I joined the ranks of countless undergrads by finally reading A Hanging Noteworthy are reviews which address Melville and Stendhal even greater is the essay on Dickens There are also fascinating letters to Runciman and Spender A transformation from aspiring left leaning professional writer to Socialist but Anti Communist journalist is depicted without undue commentary Unfortunately for myself there is also a cluster of laborious didactic pieces on the situation in Spain during its Civil War This is resolved as Orwell heads home after Spain only to discover that he s tubercular and he and his wife then consequently winter in Morocco He s still there during the Munich appeasement and the conversion to political animal becomes complete It is strange how the seminal essay Inside The Whale was always familiar by title to me personally but alas not by argument That was certainly a joy to engage


  2. Sarah (Presto agitato) Sarah (Presto agitato) says:

    The first volume of this collection of George Orwell s essays, diaries, and letters covers the period from 1920 1940 During this time, Orwell published seven of his nine books and began to develop the political opinions that would later become so important in his work, but he was still relatively unknown In his letters, he did not mince words about some things he really, really disliked These included Roman CatholicsfeministsScottish peoplevegetariansfruit juice drinkersOswald MosleyOn the ot The first volume of this collection of George Orwell s essays, diaries, and letters covers the period from 1920 1940 During this time, Orwell published seven of his nine books and began to develop the political opinions that would later become so important in his work, but he was still relatively unknown In his letters, he did not mince words about some things he really, really disliked These included Roman CatholicsfeministsScottish peoplevegetariansfruit juice drinkersOswald MosleyOn the other hand, he generally felt positively about the following UlysseswomencigarettesTropic of CancerRevoluci n goatsThis collection was edited by Orwell s widow, Sonia, and Ian Angus His widow reportedly obstructed many of those who wanted to write his biography She felt that his work, which was often autobiographical, should stand for itself She wanted this collection to read like a novel I wouldn t go that far, but the selection of letters and essays is good, and going back and forth between them does work fairly well They did cut all the racy parts out of the letters, presumably to avoid embarrassing people involved who may have still been living in 1968 when this was first published


  3. ♥ Ibrahim ♥ ♥ Ibrahim ♥ says:

    This book has been a sheer delight, so much so I can read it over and over again Depth and simplicity at once intermarry in the quick wit of the genius of George Orwell I have loved especially his review of Henry Miller s Tropic of Cancer, and loved every word he had to say and had to read it over and over again to relish what I am reading.


  4. Matthew Matthew says:

    If George Orwell had died just a few years earlier, his biggest claims to fame, Animal Farm and 1984, would never have been written In this parallel universe, he would have been remembered if at all for his non fiction.Orwell wrote a number of earlier novels, but none of them has ever set the world alight However, many readers have thrilled to the scintillating prose of his extended non fiction works Down and Out in Paris and London, The Road to Wigan Pier, Homage to Catalonia and of cours If George Orwell had died just a few years earlier, his biggest claims to fame, Animal Farm and 1984, would never have been written In this parallel universe, he would have been remembered if at all for his non fiction.Orwell wrote a number of earlier novels, but none of them has ever set the world alight However, many readers have thrilled to the scintillating prose of his extended non fiction works Down and Out in Paris and London, The Road to Wigan Pier, Homage to Catalonia and of course his essays.As a non fiction writer, Orwell had a remarkable style of his own His prosaic no nonsense manner of writing, often brusque and sweeping, seems almost without style at first, yet this is misleading In fact, Orwell set much stock on style, and we can see this in his essay on How I Write included at the beginning of this volume , where he discusses how all writers have a certain style or use of particular defining phrases One surprise in this volume is to see Orwell, one of the least poetic of writers, attempting a few poems.This particular collection coversthan Orwell s essays, and some of the content will probably only appeal to George Orwell buffs Luckily, people who enjoy Orwell s non fiction often are buffs, since his works almost act as an autobiography of their author We can use these books to follow Orwell s progress throughout this period of his lifeWith this collection of letters and reviews spanning from 1920 to 1940, we can follow Orwell s story first hand as it unfolds It can be a fascinating journey too Thrill as he lets drop the moment where he has chosen the name, George Orwell Watch his progress towards socialism as he explores the lives of homeless and working people See his increased politicisation via the Spanish Civil War.Of course, the volume is not always ideal for those who engage in hero worship towards Orwell The writings reveal a man who is frequently very ordinary and mundane in his life and observations He also shared some of the prejudices of his age, anti feminist and sometimes faintly racist, e.g towards the Japanese I suspect reading between the lines that he is possibly a little homophobic too.These attitudes were in fact very common in Britain all the way until the end of the 1970s and Orwell is certainly no worse than many people of the age He did at least have progressive socialist views, and the ability to identify with many of the nations trapped by British imperialism He did remain something of a patriot however, and the final essay, My Country Right or Left provides an astonishing volte face as we watch Orwell move from opposition to any war that puts him on the side of the capitalists to a final grudging support of the British government s war effort due to his love of his country.While the letters and reviews are not without interest, the undoubted highlight of this first volume is the essays, though we have to read a long time before we finally reach them Along the journey are The Hanging and Shooting an Elephant, in which Orwell takes grim and rather sad events from his life in Burma and uses them to draw a moral about the corrupt nature of imperialism, a system in which the rulers are just as trapped as the subjugated nations At the end of the volume, there are a number of the essays that made up Orwell s first book of essays, Inside the Whale Many of these are sociological analyses of written works However, whilst Orwell writes as a socialist, and points to the political content of these writings, he is no pretentious and impenetrable Marxist literary critic.In fact, his writing shows his real love of literature, something we glancingly view in the many reviews found throughout this volume Orwell was not in any doubts about the limits of modern literature In his essay, In Defence of the English Novel, written a few years earlier, he deplores the factors that he fears are reducing the novel to a place of low repute.While the novel has not died out, Orwell s analysis offers a few penetrating insights, especially when he turns his gaze on literary reviews and why they often fail the reader As Orwell points out, the reviewer faces two main problems Firstly, hostile reviews risk losing advertising space, leading to partial reviews Secondly, since most novels are tripe to use Orwell s favourite word , the honest critic could not say this about every novel s he looks at, or the review would become a nonsense The critic is therefore forced to over rate many works that s he knows to be tripe by comparing them favourably with even worse tripe.Elsewhere Orwell turns his attention to another form of bad writing, the Boy s Weeklies He makes a number of interesting points about the changing focus of the weeklies over the years, and how they are still united by their uniform attitude towards romanticising the ruling class and keeping the lower classes in their place.I am not certain how far this is a conscious and deliberate decision by the publishers, as Orwell suggests I suspect it isof a filter whereby the publishers will set aside stories that do not fit their worldview, but without seeking to mould their viewers minds in a conspiratorial manner.Rather amusingly, the editors of this volume include a riposte written by Peter Richards author of Billy Bunter , in which he attacks the accuracy of Orwell s analysis of his and other stories in the Boy s Weeklies However, his attack actually serves only to confirm some of Orwell s original assertions, as Richards comes across as silly, narrow minded and parochial in his opinions.Perhaps the finest essay here is Orwell s analysis of Charles Dickens We may well dispute some of Orwell s sweeping statements, but there are some well made arguments about Dickens here While Orwell is frequently rude and dismissive about Dickens, the essay is ultimately respectful and its detailed knowledge of Dickens novels betrays Orwell s deep and enduring love of the subject matter.Inside the Whale is ageneral analysis of literature of the age, and the political preoccupations of the writers Orwell s starting point is Henry Miller, a writer who has fascinated him as evidenced in earlier letters Orwell is both impressed and appalled by the selfish laisser faire attitude of Miller towards the appalling political storm that is brewing, yet still somehow prefers Miller to the communist writers of the 1930s who are standing up for something, but with a suspicious uniformity of thinking, and not much understanding of the brutal realities of what they wish to fight for.In spite of its title, this is not actually a definitive collection of Orwell s personal and public writings, and the editors make it plain that they have been selective in their choices, and even removed repetitive passages from some of those choices.This is no bad thing, as there is no particular need to read every word that Orwell wrote, even if one is an admirer As it stands, the first volume provides a valuable and rich source of information about one of the important literary figures of the early twentieth century


  5. Godine Publisher & Black Sparrow Press Godine Publisher & Black Sparrow Press says:

    While Orwell is best known for Animal Farm and 1984, most of his writing derived from his tireless work as a journalist, and thanks to David Godine s welcome reissue of The Collected Essays, Journalism, and Letters of George Orwell, which has been out of print for a decade, readers can find it all in one place All of the author s insightful, hard hitting essays and journalistic pieces are here the most complete picture of the writer and man possible Eric Liebetrau Kirkus Reviews


  6. David Glenn Dixon David Glenn Dixon says:

    Read only Shooting an Elephant and Not Counting N so far.


  7. Raoul Raoul says:

    Essential, as all Orwell s books.


  8. Mitchell Mitchell says:

    Considering that he was one of the most important writers of all time, I found it incredibly hard to obtain a collection of Orwell s complete works According to Wikipedia only two were ever done one four volume set published by his second wife, and one twenty volume set which included all his novels and books I just wanted his essays and short pieces, so I went with the first set, but both The Book Depository and AbeBooks came up stumped I had to order the four separate books from four separ Considering that he was one of the most important writers of all time, I found it incredibly hard to obtain a collection of Orwell s complete works According to Wikipedia only two were ever done one four volume set published by his second wife, and one twenty volume set which included all his novels and books I just wanted his essays and short pieces, so I went with the first set, but both The Book Depository and AbeBooks came up stumped I had to order the four separate books from four separate websites, two of which eventually emailed me back to say they didn t actually have them in stock I have all four now split across two different publishing editions, so they look a bit mismatched but geez, that was difficult.An Age Like This covers the period from 1920 to 1940 which is to say, it has three letters from the 1920s and then jumps to 1930, when Orwell s surviving work is a bitsubstantial Letters, nonetheless, comprise the vast majority of the book I ve never read a collection of an author s letters before, and I can t say I enjoyed it all that much They weren t something I was ever interested in reading, and at times they didn t seem to be particularly relevant to anything, which left me feeling like a voyeur I d hate to think that sixty years after I died somebody was reading all of my old correspondence to my friends Well, actually, I wouldn t, because it would mean I became hugely important But still But there s still some fairly interesting bits and pieces throughout a diary Orwell kept while living in the slums of northern England for The Road to Wigan Pier, letters he sent while in the trenches of the Spanish Civil War, observations of Morocco, and a good understanding of his opinions leading up to WWII Nowadays that war has been all but deified, the last Good War where the Free Men stood up to Nazi Oppression, but Orwell makes it clear that public opinion in Britain and presumably elsewhere was complex and divided he himself clearly had no illusions about nations standing up for what is right, as opposed to what was in their capital interest.There s also a particularly hilarious reply the only piece in the volume not written by Orwell to the essay Boy s Weeklies, which I read a long time ago, and which remains one of Orwell s most interesting essays Frank Richards, the writer of the weeklies in question, actually responded to Orwell In his indignant, rambling response he refers to himself in third person, suggests that he is a better writer than Bernard Shaw, Thackeray or Chekhov, and declares that noblemen generally are better fellows than commoners and foreigners are funny I read An Age Like This in bits and pieces, and found it fairly easy going If I d tried to read it all at once I probably would have been bored Nonetheless, I expect to enjoy the later volumes , when there s less personal correspondence andessays and opinion pieces


  9. Mary Catelli Mary Catelli says:

    This one contains ratherletters than the later volumes Provides some interesting insights.Into Orwell for one His unthinking biases, including his assumption that Socialism is the only right way oddly enough while commenting on how government inspectors who refused to let farmers hire hop pickers without providing proper accommodation only caused suffering among the itinerant workers, and observing that a heavily Conservative city is effectively Socialist with the amount of crony ca This one contains ratherletters than the later volumes Provides some interesting insights.Into Orwell for one His unthinking biases, including his assumption that Socialism is the only right way oddly enough while commenting on how government inspectors who refused to let farmers hire hop pickers without providing proper accommodation only caused suffering among the itinerant workers, and observing that a heavily Conservative city is effectively Socialist with the amount of crony capitalism going on There areabout this assumption in the later volumes Though, re reading it after reading the other three volumes puts a certain amount of glee in the passages where he s complaining that Fascism and capitalism are really the same thing, because then you have read his arguments against that position He sticks to it in this book however until the last essay in, where he admits to having argued against the war, but having dreamed just before the Russo German Pact, he realized that he would support the country if war came He understates his earlier opposition that was exactly what he predicted many people would do, and he derided them for it A number of reviews give an interesting glance at literature of the time, and earlier There s a fair number about the Spanish Civil War, in which case his personal experience is brought to bear on the subject matter of the book He has nothing from while he actually served, but wrote about it after He wrote an essay on Dickens that has interesting insights not all into Dickens, some into Orwell.Also, he has some essays on life in England, generally among the very poor, with some interesting anecdotes Like the woman who always kept herself respectable that is, always wore a hat, not a shawl and how one time she tried to get some charity and was told they were for people really in need, and if she can dress like that, she must not be She rather resented it


  10. Frederick Frederick says:

    This is Volume One of a four volume set edited by Sonia Orwell and Ian Angus The set is called THE COLLECTED ESSAYS, JOURNALISM AND LETTERS OF GEORGE ORWELL.This whole set came out in 1968 Sonia Orwell was Orwell s widow, so, to some extent, this is an authorized collection, but it is comprehensive.It s clear Orwell wrote letters in the hope that someday the public would read them There is a vast universe of Orwell beyond ANIMAL FARM and 1984 People who say his novels are not great as novels This is Volume One of a four volume set edited by Sonia Orwell and Ian Angus The set is called THE COLLECTED ESSAYS, JOURNALISM AND LETTERS OF GEORGE ORWELL.This whole set came out in 1968 Sonia Orwell was Orwell s widow, so, to some extent, this is an authorized collection, but it is comprehensive.It s clear Orwell wrote letters in the hope that someday the public would read them There is a vast universe of Orwell beyond ANIMAL FARM and 1984 People who say his novels are not great as novels may find themselves amazed at the magnetic quality of his essays When I have a look at the index of any of the volumes in this collection and find a name, title or place I m interested in, I check the page to which I am referred and invariably find I am learning something about politics, literature or history Above all, I get a sense of Britain s culture This is not the BBC version of British history although Orwell certainly worked for the BBC during the Second World War He modelled much of the evil bureaucracy described in 1984 on the benign bureaucracy for which he worked The selections in this set make me think Orwell is sitting across from me He often uses I and you One of his last essays, in fact, is called The Bomb and You Whether you picture him standing in a library, his cottage or a bread line, somehow he is always pointing at you In any other writer this would be accusatory But in Orwell it s a way of buttonholing you.It is an ancient Mariner, and he stoppeth one of three


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An Age Like This: 1920-1940 [Reading] ➶ An Age Like This: 1920-1940 By George Orwell – Capitalsoftworks.co.uk George Orwell is a major figure in twentieth century literature The author of Down and Out in Paris and London, Nineteen Eighty four, and Animal Farm, he published ten books and two collections of ess George Orwell is a major figure in twentieth Like This: ePUB ↠ century literature The author of Down and Out in Paris and London, Nineteen Eighty four, An Age Kindle - and Animal Farm, he published ten books and two collections of essays during his lifetime but in terms of actual words, produced much than Age Like This: PDF/EPUB ½ seems possible for someone who died at the age of forty six and was often struggling against poverty and ill health His essays, letters, and journalism are among the most memorable, lucid, and intelligent ever written, the work of a master craftsman and a brilliant mind Taken as a whole they form an essential collection, and read in toto and sequentially, they provide a remarkably literary self portrait of an engaged, and consistently engaging, writer Here, in four volumes, is the best selection of his nonfiction writing now available, a trove of letters, essays, reviews, and journalism that is breathtaking in its scope and eclectic passions An Age Like This collects Orwell s essential early writings, including material that would later emerge in Down and Out in Paris and London, as well as observations on marriage, reviews of Henry Miller and J B Priestley, reports from the Spanish Civil War, an examination of the meaning and value of Charles Dickens, and notes on the early years of the Second World War.

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10 thoughts on “An Age Like This: 1920-1940

  1. Jonfaith Jonfaith says:

    In Moulmein, in lower Burma, I was hated by large numbers of people the only time in my life that I have been important enough for this to happen to me.Circumstances colluded yesterday for me to read almost all of this compendium I joined the ranks of countless undergrads by finally reading A Hanging Noteworthy are reviews which address Melville and Stendhal even greater is the essay on Dickens There are also fascinating letters to Runciman and Spender A transformation from aspiring lef In Moulmein, in lower Burma, I was hated by large numbers of people the only time in my life that I have been important enough for this to happen to me.Circumstances colluded yesterday for me to read almost all of this compendium I joined the ranks of countless undergrads by finally reading A Hanging Noteworthy are reviews which address Melville and Stendhal even greater is the essay on Dickens There are also fascinating letters to Runciman and Spender A transformation from aspiring left leaning professional writer to Socialist but Anti Communist journalist is depicted without undue commentary Unfortunately for myself there is also a cluster of laborious didactic pieces on the situation in Spain during its Civil War This is resolved as Orwell heads home after Spain only to discover that he s tubercular and he and his wife then consequently winter in Morocco He s still there during the Munich appeasement and the conversion to political animal becomes complete It is strange how the seminal essay Inside The Whale was always familiar by title to me personally but alas not by argument That was certainly a joy to engage

  2. Sarah (Presto agitato) Sarah (Presto agitato) says:

    The first volume of this collection of George Orwell s essays, diaries, and letters covers the period from 1920 1940 During this time, Orwell published seven of his nine books and began to develop the political opinions that would later become so important in his work, but he was still relatively unknown In his letters, he did not mince words about some things he really, really disliked These included Roman CatholicsfeministsScottish peoplevegetariansfruit juice drinkersOswald MosleyOn the ot The first volume of this collection of George Orwell s essays, diaries, and letters covers the period from 1920 1940 During this time, Orwell published seven of his nine books and began to develop the political opinions that would later become so important in his work, but he was still relatively unknown In his letters, he did not mince words about some things he really, really disliked These included Roman CatholicsfeministsScottish peoplevegetariansfruit juice drinkersOswald MosleyOn the other hand, he generally felt positively about the following UlysseswomencigarettesTropic of CancerRevoluci n goatsThis collection was edited by Orwell s widow, Sonia, and Ian Angus His widow reportedly obstructed many of those who wanted to write his biography She felt that his work, which was often autobiographical, should stand for itself She wanted this collection to read like a novel I wouldn t go that far, but the selection of letters and essays is good, and going back and forth between them does work fairly well They did cut all the racy parts out of the letters, presumably to avoid embarrassing people involved who may have still been living in 1968 when this was first published

  3. ♥ Ibrahim ♥ ♥ Ibrahim ♥ says:

    This book has been a sheer delight, so much so I can read it over and over again Depth and simplicity at once intermarry in the quick wit of the genius of George Orwell I have loved especially his review of Henry Miller s Tropic of Cancer, and loved every word he had to say and had to read it over and over again to relish what I am reading.

  4. Matthew Matthew says:

    If George Orwell had died just a few years earlier, his biggest claims to fame, Animal Farm and 1984, would never have been written In this parallel universe, he would have been remembered if at all for his non fiction.Orwell wrote a number of earlier novels, but none of them has ever set the world alight However, many readers have thrilled to the scintillating prose of his extended non fiction works Down and Out in Paris and London, The Road to Wigan Pier, Homage to Catalonia and of cours If George Orwell had died just a few years earlier, his biggest claims to fame, Animal Farm and 1984, would never have been written In this parallel universe, he would have been remembered if at all for his non fiction.Orwell wrote a number of earlier novels, but none of them has ever set the world alight However, many readers have thrilled to the scintillating prose of his extended non fiction works Down and Out in Paris and London, The Road to Wigan Pier, Homage to Catalonia and of course his essays.As a non fiction writer, Orwell had a remarkable style of his own His prosaic no nonsense manner of writing, often brusque and sweeping, seems almost without style at first, yet this is misleading In fact, Orwell set much stock on style, and we can see this in his essay on How I Write included at the beginning of this volume , where he discusses how all writers have a certain style or use of particular defining phrases One surprise in this volume is to see Orwell, one of the least poetic of writers, attempting a few poems.This particular collection coversthan Orwell s essays, and some of the content will probably only appeal to George Orwell buffs Luckily, people who enjoy Orwell s non fiction often are buffs, since his works almost act as an autobiography of their author We can use these books to follow Orwell s progress throughout this period of his lifeWith this collection of letters and reviews spanning from 1920 to 1940, we can follow Orwell s story first hand as it unfolds It can be a fascinating journey too Thrill as he lets drop the moment where he has chosen the name, George Orwell Watch his progress towards socialism as he explores the lives of homeless and working people See his increased politicisation via the Spanish Civil War.Of course, the volume is not always ideal for those who engage in hero worship towards Orwell The writings reveal a man who is frequently very ordinary and mundane in his life and observations He also shared some of the prejudices of his age, anti feminist and sometimes faintly racist, e.g towards the Japanese I suspect reading between the lines that he is possibly a little homophobic too.These attitudes were in fact very common in Britain all the way until the end of the 1970s and Orwell is certainly no worse than many people of the age He did at least have progressive socialist views, and the ability to identify with many of the nations trapped by British imperialism He did remain something of a patriot however, and the final essay, My Country Right or Left provides an astonishing volte face as we watch Orwell move from opposition to any war that puts him on the side of the capitalists to a final grudging support of the British government s war effort due to his love of his country.While the letters and reviews are not without interest, the undoubted highlight of this first volume is the essays, though we have to read a long time before we finally reach them Along the journey are The Hanging and Shooting an Elephant, in which Orwell takes grim and rather sad events from his life in Burma and uses them to draw a moral about the corrupt nature of imperialism, a system in which the rulers are just as trapped as the subjugated nations At the end of the volume, there are a number of the essays that made up Orwell s first book of essays, Inside the Whale Many of these are sociological analyses of written works However, whilst Orwell writes as a socialist, and points to the political content of these writings, he is no pretentious and impenetrable Marxist literary critic.In fact, his writing shows his real love of literature, something we glancingly view in the many reviews found throughout this volume Orwell was not in any doubts about the limits of modern literature In his essay, In Defence of the English Novel, written a few years earlier, he deplores the factors that he fears are reducing the novel to a place of low repute.While the novel has not died out, Orwell s analysis offers a few penetrating insights, especially when he turns his gaze on literary reviews and why they often fail the reader As Orwell points out, the reviewer faces two main problems Firstly, hostile reviews risk losing advertising space, leading to partial reviews Secondly, since most novels are tripe to use Orwell s favourite word , the honest critic could not say this about every novel s he looks at, or the review would become a nonsense The critic is therefore forced to over rate many works that s he knows to be tripe by comparing them favourably with even worse tripe.Elsewhere Orwell turns his attention to another form of bad writing, the Boy s Weeklies He makes a number of interesting points about the changing focus of the weeklies over the years, and how they are still united by their uniform attitude towards romanticising the ruling class and keeping the lower classes in their place.I am not certain how far this is a conscious and deliberate decision by the publishers, as Orwell suggests I suspect it isof a filter whereby the publishers will set aside stories that do not fit their worldview, but without seeking to mould their viewers minds in a conspiratorial manner.Rather amusingly, the editors of this volume include a riposte written by Peter Richards author of Billy Bunter , in which he attacks the accuracy of Orwell s analysis of his and other stories in the Boy s Weeklies However, his attack actually serves only to confirm some of Orwell s original assertions, as Richards comes across as silly, narrow minded and parochial in his opinions.Perhaps the finest essay here is Orwell s analysis of Charles Dickens We may well dispute some of Orwell s sweeping statements, but there are some well made arguments about Dickens here While Orwell is frequently rude and dismissive about Dickens, the essay is ultimately respectful and its detailed knowledge of Dickens novels betrays Orwell s deep and enduring love of the subject matter.Inside the Whale is ageneral analysis of literature of the age, and the political preoccupations of the writers Orwell s starting point is Henry Miller, a writer who has fascinated him as evidenced in earlier letters Orwell is both impressed and appalled by the selfish laisser faire attitude of Miller towards the appalling political storm that is brewing, yet still somehow prefers Miller to the communist writers of the 1930s who are standing up for something, but with a suspicious uniformity of thinking, and not much understanding of the brutal realities of what they wish to fight for.In spite of its title, this is not actually a definitive collection of Orwell s personal and public writings, and the editors make it plain that they have been selective in their choices, and even removed repetitive passages from some of those choices.This is no bad thing, as there is no particular need to read every word that Orwell wrote, even if one is an admirer As it stands, the first volume provides a valuable and rich source of information about one of the important literary figures of the early twentieth century

  5. Godine Publisher & Black Sparrow Press Godine Publisher & Black Sparrow Press says:

    While Orwell is best known for Animal Farm and 1984, most of his writing derived from his tireless work as a journalist, and thanks to David Godine s welcome reissue of The Collected Essays, Journalism, and Letters of George Orwell, which has been out of print for a decade, readers can find it all in one place All of the author s insightful, hard hitting essays and journalistic pieces are here the most complete picture of the writer and man possible Eric Liebetrau Kirkus Reviews

  6. David Glenn Dixon David Glenn Dixon says:

    Read only Shooting an Elephant and Not Counting N so far.

  7. Raoul Raoul says:

    Essential, as all Orwell s books.

  8. Mitchell Mitchell says:

    Considering that he was one of the most important writers of all time, I found it incredibly hard to obtain a collection of Orwell s complete works According to Wikipedia only two were ever done one four volume set published by his second wife, and one twenty volume set which included all his novels and books I just wanted his essays and short pieces, so I went with the first set, but both The Book Depository and AbeBooks came up stumped I had to order the four separate books from four separ Considering that he was one of the most important writers of all time, I found it incredibly hard to obtain a collection of Orwell s complete works According to Wikipedia only two were ever done one four volume set published by his second wife, and one twenty volume set which included all his novels and books I just wanted his essays and short pieces, so I went with the first set, but both The Book Depository and AbeBooks came up stumped I had to order the four separate books from four separate websites, two of which eventually emailed me back to say they didn t actually have them in stock I have all four now split across two different publishing editions, so they look a bit mismatched but geez, that was difficult.An Age Like This covers the period from 1920 to 1940 which is to say, it has three letters from the 1920s and then jumps to 1930, when Orwell s surviving work is a bitsubstantial Letters, nonetheless, comprise the vast majority of the book I ve never read a collection of an author s letters before, and I can t say I enjoyed it all that much They weren t something I was ever interested in reading, and at times they didn t seem to be particularly relevant to anything, which left me feeling like a voyeur I d hate to think that sixty years after I died somebody was reading all of my old correspondence to my friends Well, actually, I wouldn t, because it would mean I became hugely important But still But there s still some fairly interesting bits and pieces throughout a diary Orwell kept while living in the slums of northern England for The Road to Wigan Pier, letters he sent while in the trenches of the Spanish Civil War, observations of Morocco, and a good understanding of his opinions leading up to WWII Nowadays that war has been all but deified, the last Good War where the Free Men stood up to Nazi Oppression, but Orwell makes it clear that public opinion in Britain and presumably elsewhere was complex and divided he himself clearly had no illusions about nations standing up for what is right, as opposed to what was in their capital interest.There s also a particularly hilarious reply the only piece in the volume not written by Orwell to the essay Boy s Weeklies, which I read a long time ago, and which remains one of Orwell s most interesting essays Frank Richards, the writer of the weeklies in question, actually responded to Orwell In his indignant, rambling response he refers to himself in third person, suggests that he is a better writer than Bernard Shaw, Thackeray or Chekhov, and declares that noblemen generally are better fellows than commoners and foreigners are funny I read An Age Like This in bits and pieces, and found it fairly easy going If I d tried to read it all at once I probably would have been bored Nonetheless, I expect to enjoy the later volumes , when there s less personal correspondence andessays and opinion pieces

  9. Mary Catelli Mary Catelli says:

    This one contains ratherletters than the later volumes Provides some interesting insights.Into Orwell for one His unthinking biases, including his assumption that Socialism is the only right way oddly enough while commenting on how government inspectors who refused to let farmers hire hop pickers without providing proper accommodation only caused suffering among the itinerant workers, and observing that a heavily Conservative city is effectively Socialist with the amount of crony ca This one contains ratherletters than the later volumes Provides some interesting insights.Into Orwell for one His unthinking biases, including his assumption that Socialism is the only right way oddly enough while commenting on how government inspectors who refused to let farmers hire hop pickers without providing proper accommodation only caused suffering among the itinerant workers, and observing that a heavily Conservative city is effectively Socialist with the amount of crony capitalism going on There areabout this assumption in the later volumes Though, re reading it after reading the other three volumes puts a certain amount of glee in the passages where he s complaining that Fascism and capitalism are really the same thing, because then you have read his arguments against that position He sticks to it in this book however until the last essay in, where he admits to having argued against the war, but having dreamed just before the Russo German Pact, he realized that he would support the country if war came He understates his earlier opposition that was exactly what he predicted many people would do, and he derided them for it A number of reviews give an interesting glance at literature of the time, and earlier There s a fair number about the Spanish Civil War, in which case his personal experience is brought to bear on the subject matter of the book He has nothing from while he actually served, but wrote about it after He wrote an essay on Dickens that has interesting insights not all into Dickens, some into Orwell.Also, he has some essays on life in England, generally among the very poor, with some interesting anecdotes Like the woman who always kept herself respectable that is, always wore a hat, not a shawl and how one time she tried to get some charity and was told they were for people really in need, and if she can dress like that, she must not be She rather resented it

  10. Frederick Frederick says:

    This is Volume One of a four volume set edited by Sonia Orwell and Ian Angus The set is called THE COLLECTED ESSAYS, JOURNALISM AND LETTERS OF GEORGE ORWELL.This whole set came out in 1968 Sonia Orwell was Orwell s widow, so, to some extent, this is an authorized collection, but it is comprehensive.It s clear Orwell wrote letters in the hope that someday the public would read them There is a vast universe of Orwell beyond ANIMAL FARM and 1984 People who say his novels are not great as novels This is Volume One of a four volume set edited by Sonia Orwell and Ian Angus The set is called THE COLLECTED ESSAYS, JOURNALISM AND LETTERS OF GEORGE ORWELL.This whole set came out in 1968 Sonia Orwell was Orwell s widow, so, to some extent, this is an authorized collection, but it is comprehensive.It s clear Orwell wrote letters in the hope that someday the public would read them There is a vast universe of Orwell beyond ANIMAL FARM and 1984 People who say his novels are not great as novels may find themselves amazed at the magnetic quality of his essays When I have a look at the index of any of the volumes in this collection and find a name, title or place I m interested in, I check the page to which I am referred and invariably find I am learning something about politics, literature or history Above all, I get a sense of Britain s culture This is not the BBC version of British history although Orwell certainly worked for the BBC during the Second World War He modelled much of the evil bureaucracy described in 1984 on the benign bureaucracy for which he worked The selections in this set make me think Orwell is sitting across from me He often uses I and you One of his last essays, in fact, is called The Bomb and You Whether you picture him standing in a library, his cottage or a bread line, somehow he is always pointing at you In any other writer this would be accusatory But in Orwell it s a way of buttonholing you.It is an ancient Mariner, and he stoppeth one of three

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