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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (0 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: George Orwell Narrator: Frederick Davidson Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Viewed as too libelous to print in England until 1968, the title essay in this collection reveals the abuse Orwell experienced as a child at an expensive and snobbish boarding school and offers insights into his lifelong concern for the oppressed.

“Why I Write” describes Orwell’s sense of political purpose, and the classic essay “Politics and the English Language” insists on clarity and precision in communication in order to avoid the Newspeak later described in 1984.

Other essays focus on Gandhi (he “disinfected the political air”), Dickens (“no novelist has shown the same power of entering into the child’s point of view”), Kipling (“a jingo imperialist”), Henry Miller (who told Orwell that involvement in the Spanish war was an act of an idiot), and England (“a family with the wrong members in control”).

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  • “People, places, events, and attitudes are all caught and observed with honesty and a distillation of meaning that gives these eleven inclusions their appeal.”

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by AC | 4/12/2008

    " In a title dripping with sarcasm and resentment, Orwell presents a collection of biographical essays and social commentary on life as a young boy (through the ages of 8 to 14) and his experiences/abuses in boarding school and the idiocy of an educational system ill-suited to its purpose. "

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