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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This audiobook has wonderful things on it, and the reader, Frederick Davidson, is excellent. But at this time I cannot recommend it. When I listened to it, I found that the second half had many "skips"--every minute or so. The ITUNES staff responded to my complaint promptly and efficiently: they downloaded to me a second copy. Unfortunately, it had the skips too. When I complained about this, ITUNES said, "we will try to look into it, and maybe you could try again in a few weeks." ITUNES "credited" me for this purchase, which I appreciate. But I sure wish that the entire audiobook was clear and free altogether from skips.
Again, I would like, if I could, to recommend this audiobook--Orwell is terrific. But I would suggest that you not purchase it.