books by George Orwell
Animal Farm: A Fairy Story
Totalitarianism totally today
More than half century is gone since George Orwell depicted with 1984" a frightening picture of a totalitarian regime of oppression of all human individuality and freedom and absolute control. Principally he has only transcribed from reality, because the dictatorships of terror existed already: Nazi-Germany, Sowjetunion, Mao-China, GDR, Northern Korea and others. A better description in literary ...
A Collection of Essays
Mariner Books, 1970
A Collection of Essays by George Orwell is a festschrift of outstanding writing on many topics by George Orwell
George Orwell (1903-50) is famous to most people for his two greatest works of fiction "Animal Farm" and "1984" However there is much more gold in the minefield of Orwell's brain! He wrote several more novels, was a World War II correspondent and a BBC commentator. Whatever Orwell wrote is worth reading. In this Collection of Essays published by Harvest Harcourt Press we see the great essayist at ...
A Signet Classic
History Repeats itself,and we are doomed to repeat it.
Book is Fiction story, But sounds pretty accurate when describing the current situation and past situations of the world, and what could happen when You have Populist Leaders Emerge.The Pigs in the story are a Metaphor for Communism and Socialism and Why It never works. As well as Violence never works, or egalitarianism or other far fetched utopias never work.
Animal Farm and 1984
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
A View into our Near Future
I enjoyed reading both of these George Orwell novels, but found them distressing at the same time, especially 1984. I remember watching the movie on TV fifty years ago, but reading the book has ten times the impact. It's amazing how well Orwell could project into the future and describe so well the very things we are experiencing today, the loss of freedoms, the micromanaging involvement of ...
Deviates corrected for their own good
In a society that has eliminated many imbalances, surplus goods, and even class struggle, there are bound to be deviates; Winston Smith is one of those. He starts out, due to his inability to doublethink, with thoughtcrime. This is in a society that believes a thought is as real as the deed. Eventually he graduates through a series of misdemeanors to illicit sex and even plans to overthrow the ...
Animal Farm: A Fairy Story
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 1996
Written by George Orwell and published on August 17, 1945, Animal Farm is a powerful and scathing review of Communism in the former Soviet Union. Based on the story of the Russian Revolution, it grabs you from the very first sentence and is practically an addicting book to read from start to finish. The story itself is very simple and easy to follow, however, the message it gives you is one that ...
Down and Out in Paris and London
A tale of poverty. THIS EDITION IS A WASTE OF MONEY.
Down and Out in Paris and London by George Orwell is an incredible story about poverty. Orwell describes the experiences of being out of work, then of working as a plongeur (a dish washer - one of the lowest jobs imaginable) in Paris, and of becoming a tramp in London. Orwell writes beautifully with humour and describes each of the experiences with great details while maintaining the reader's ...
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2010
George Orwell?s famous satire of the Soviet Union, in which ?all animals are equal but some animals are more equal than others.?
Homage to Catalonia
1984 and Animal Farm are Orwell's best remembered indictments of Communist tyranny, but this is his best book. From stories of fighting in a quasi-Trotskyist platoon he offers some of the best insight and overview ever written about the Spanish Civil War--a fight that foreshadowed both World War II and the Cold War. He entered the fight to preserve the democratic Republic from Fascism and escaped ...
Nineteen Eighty-Four (1984)
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (HMH), 1949
Yes, do read this 1948 book
A confession from this reviewer: 1984 was first read in the early 1960s as a high school junior. Too young to really catch on. The readers of this review can be assured, though, that 1984 got just re-read before recommending now. This personal sequence turned out to be a good and lucky order of things. Reading 1984 as an older teen served as a good "memory bookmark" for the work about how ...
Keep the Aspidistra Flying (Harvest Book)
Forgive My Ego
This novel is one of the three early Orwell novels produced in dire poverty and in the case all but "Burmese Days" pressure to publish. "A Clergyman's Daughter," and "Burmese Days" being the other two early Orwell proto-novels. I gave "A Clergyman's Daughter" a bad review, I believe quite arbitarily, since the three novels share the same problem. The best of the three is "Burmese Days," ...
Coming Up for Air (Harvest Book)
Aspects of Angst...Pre War Orwell.
This is a book about angst. Societal angst at the ominous clouds of an approaching war and the personal angst of a lifetime slipping away into an irrelevant old age. George Bowling is a moderately successful insurance "tout"... I love the dated English slang in these books..."tout" means salesman. Bowling's thought life is far away from his boring middle class existence in pre-war England. ...
George Orwell's 1984 (Max Notes)
, George Orwell
Research & Education Association
1984 is a really horrifying book, but only if you know the principles of government. It's rather like Animal Farm in that respect. I read the book over and over, never getting tired of it, especially the near-ending. Parts of it are confusing: like, is O'Brien a good guy or a bad guy or what? The ending I found disappointing, but it would have been unrealistic for Winston and Julia to ...
This allegory for mankind's thirst for power and domination is delivered with passion and emotion. I thought that the narrator did a great job at reading this classic novel by George Orwell. If you don't have time to sit and read this book, then in one afternoon you can revisit the book on audiobook. Recommended!
Facing Unpleasant Facts
A blend of autobiography, memoir and social observation
George Orwell was an essayist before all, producing many short nonfiction works on the events of his times. This reveals his narrative essay skills, packing in a blend of autobiography, memoir and social observation in an outstanding collection. Many different types of collections will want this, from college-level libraries strong in Orwell studies to libraries with broad overall strengths in ...
Why I Write (Penguin Great Ideas)
Orwell's unique talent as a writer
In the book, George Orwell, one of the most talented and gifted writers in the English world, depicts in a frank manner about his literary writing motives and how he reconciles aesthetic enthusiasm with his political purpose. The book consists of 4 key chapters. Chapter 1 is a full introduction of his literary journey from childhood to adulthood. Orwell maintains that a writer's real ...
Love the book, very appropriate for the time we live in. It arrived in the condition described.
Burmese Days: A Novel
sense of place
In this book, Orwell proved that he is the master of creating a sense of place. I felt like I had been in Burma and knew all these people.
The Road to Wigan Pier
I vividly remember travelling through what was communist East Germany (DDR) in 1996. I was always on the look out for the old socialist realism art common to the former communist countries. Do you remember the large wall murals of the 1917 Bolshevik revolution or Marx seen in western magazines? This book is far more complex than the simple world view of political art. It is one of three great ...
All Art Is Propaganda
Provides Orwell's reflections on a range of critical topics from literature to art
George Orwell was a fine essayist and successful critic, discussing art and literature with equal ability and ALL ART IS PROPAGANDA: CRITICAL ESSAYS is a key recommendation for all kinds of libraries, from college-level collections strong in literature and social observation to collection also strong in art criticism. It's the latter that should especially consider ALL ART IS PROPAGANDA: it ...
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