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    I studied Animal Farm for my EngLit GCSE exams along with MacBeth; my idea of revision was to read both of them five times This worked reasonably well as I got a B grade There was an unfortunate side effect however; despite liking both I was after the exams unable to touch a copy of either without getting the shakes Fast forward than 20 years and a discussion here at Goodreads regarding whether Suealer was a subtle abuser of language prompts me to finally pick up Animal Farm once THIS REVIEW HAS BEEN CURTAILED IN PROTEST AT GOODREADS' CENSORSHIP POLICYSee the complete review here Bonus Have the GR management read this? Do they realise it's satire not an instruction manual?


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    Sitting on my shelf for over 10 years was a volume I had never read Called just George Orwell it was the Heinemann edition of his collected novels After reading and being impressed all over again by 1984 I took this volume up to see what Orwell’s other novels were like I was ready for the autobiographical element the interruption of narrative for discussion of issues that interested the author the exact observation each book was based on What took my breath away was the empathy and powerful emotion conveyed by the writing Each of the books just as in 1984 was deeply disturbing and movingOrwell’s first published novel was Burmese Days which came out in 1935 obviously based on his experiences in the Indian Imperial Police It’s the tragedy of Flory an administrator in Upper Burma a man passionately interested in music and literature forced into close and humiliating promiscuity with a group of bored insensitive middle class officials whose main activity is drinking and who keep their self respect by demeaning the native people under their care Flory an intensely lonely man falls in love with an unsuitable woman who comes to reject him because he is not like all the others and destroys himself The observation of the effect that imperialism had on rulers and ruled is exactly observed Orwell always wrote from personal observation and was careful to generalise only from this material which puts him in a class uite separate from most intellectuals I found the climax of the tale very disturbing The evil prosper and the good are punished as in the Somerset Maugham story and that’s how you know there’s a good bit of fact among the fictionA Clergyman’s Daughter was published in 1936 an incredibly exact observation of a particular type of the rural clergy which Orwell had obviously studied at first hand As well as a picture of life in a small rural community it is also a creditable attempt to understand the frustrations and numbing sense of duty that motivate Dorothy Hare the rector’s daughter of the title A sure psychological study with perhaps a too convenient plot device to throw Dorothy into the society of the destitute of London A Clergyman’s Daughter has much to say on the role of gossip in small towns the many faces of selfishness and the fact that so many people deny themselves any chance at all in lifeKeep the Aspidistra Flying published 1937 is yet another slice of Orwell’s life the story of a would be writer and could be Eric Blair called Gordon Comstock who turns his back on the chance of making his way in an advertising agency and embraces poverty in the form of tending a seedy second hand bookshop after bringing out a slender volume of affected poetry which falls dead from the press Gordon annoys his few remaining friends and his lover and irritated this reader at least by adopting a self righteous air of complaint and rancour throughout the length of the book Work in a bookshop was something that Orwell did but thankfully he was never a sniveller as is GordonComing Up for Air 1939 is in many ways Orwell’s best novel It is in three parts the first a scathing description of suburbia the second a lyrical evocation of an earlier provincial Britain much closer to nature and the third a comicaltragical story of how the hero fares in trying to recapture this past One is reminded that Orwell was not just an ernest social critic but a satirist not just a depicter of ‘ordinary’ life but a poet As usual all these elements are mixed in together which is what makes Orwell so distinctive a writer but also so great a writerAnimal Farm 1945 is a classic fable which tells the sad story of how every revolution contains the seed of the next one because a successful revolutionary is also a reactionary Although based on Stalin’s takeover of the Russian Revolution every country in the world has a similar story of idealistic politicians who have to ‘compromise’ of how dreams give way to ‘practicalities’ of how revered figures are really motivated by egotism of how big a sinner the most admired saint is The biggest trap is happiness because the animals are better off under Napoleon – depending on how you define ‘better off’1984 1949 describes a world where people are controlled by a modern version of the Roman Empire’s bread and circuses and where the controlling members of that society are themselves controlled by someone or something called Big Brother through television screens in every room which both supervise and condition behaviour Those who worry about government databases which contain too much information about citizens or devices which track their activities on the internet will worry even after they read it It is of course overstated a nightmare but also an exact description of a tendency which is uite prevalent in our own society It contains the despairing thought that any man can be controlled by any other simply because he is only an animal with nerve ends and neuroses and control simply means finding what torture to use as was the case with the Catholic Church’s Inuisition It is not about Stalin nor is it science fiction but a description of life in every country of the world today and a warning of how people can become less than humanHow surprising that George Orwell after excelling as a social critic a reviewer an essayist and as it turned out as an autobiographer should also be a major novelist as well a man who wrote about himself and the world he knew in such a way that the issues he touched on can be seen to be just as important for us as they were for him


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    ANIMAL FARM 3 StarsAll animals are eual but some are eual than othersBURMESE DAYS 3 StarsSeedy sweaty acerbic dissection of the contradictions and moral destitution of British colonial IndiaA CLERGYMAN'S DAUGHTER 1 StarA Clerics daughter loses her memory and embarks on an adventure of self discovery Probably Orwell's worst novelCOMING UP FOR AIR 4 StarsMid life crises nostalgia Very well written The best of his lesser known novels akin to HGWells' The History of Mr PollyKEEP THE ASPIDESTRA FLYING 3 starsAccurately exposes the achilles heel of MarxismA well observed and thoroughly unlikeable main character that every graduate will recognise at least in part as a caricature of themselves or someone they once knew and is almost certainly autobiographicalNINETEEN EIGHTY FOUR 4 StarsBig Brother Truespeak and Room 101Prophetic and insightfulIs there anybody who doesn't know what this book is about?


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    Is it 1984 again? Great reminder that history is repeating itself Very much worth a re read in 2020In the midst of a pandemic some countries seem to be using double speak and double think techniues Be careful last you trick yourself into living Big Brother too


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    While my average rating for the six novels included in this massive collection is closer to 4 than 5 stars I feel I must give this particular edition full marks for the following two reasons 1 it collects all six of Orwell's novels and 2 because it is ridiculously affordable especially when purchased online This is one collection that is not to be missedHere then are my reviews for the individual novels included in this collectionAnimal Farm 5 stars A great little book which should be mandatory reading for anyone over the age of 12 A perfect example of concision and allegory and a study in the perversion of ideals the corrupting effect of power Plenty of not so subtle references to past present dictatorships but also a frightening reminder that there are still plenty of Animal Farms in today's world Read this today if you haven't alreadyBurmese Days 4 stars Having first read about Burma in Guy Delisle's Burma Chronicles which I recommend by the way my interest was piued Factor in George Orwell writing a book about his own experiences there in the 1920's with his trademark wit and insights and what the result was in my case anyway was what the French call un incontournable that is literally something which you cannot go aroundFlory really is the center of the story view spoilerAfter he commits suicide the book is wrapped up in a few pages hide spoiler


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    Animal Farm 13 Jan 2017Short simple gets the message across well1984 29 30 Jul 2018 Provisional thoughtsA tad less philosophical than Huxley a lot bleak and forlorn Actually perhaps it wouldn't be right to compare them in a slap dash fashion as everyone is bound to do Different times different pressures different minds cKeep the Aspidistra Flying 30 Jul 4 Aug 2018Reads like a rewriting of Gissing's New Grub Street with Reardon morphing into a hopelessly blinkered protagonist waging war for the sake of what Lawrence might refer to as 'the mental life'The editionConvenient stuff this but the font size can be so damned small that it becomes impossible to read I nearly resorted to using a magnifying glass for the Goldstein passages in 1984 It's that bad


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    Animal Farm It's weird to think that I've lived this long as voracious a reader as I am and still have never read this slender classic in its entirety Of course I know what happens as the book is a cultural touchstone but this omnibus was missing the first five chapters so I am still ignorant of its entirety What I did read was thoroughly worthy of its status tho Oddly enough the bff has never read Animal Farm end to end either yet another thing we have in commonBurmese Days A stunning indictment of colonialism that is at once sympathetic to all the parties involved Better than most Maugham IMOA Clergyman's Daughter I mostly enjoyed this and was uite impressed with his rendering of her Another great examination of morality and choices as well as the social circumstances of the times Hard to read this without coming out of it with greater sympathy for the homelessComing Up For Air Hard to believe this was fiction given how inhabited it felt Wasn't sure I'd like it tbh from the blurb so was pleasantly surprised Thought it ended rather abruptly but was otherwise happy to just spend time in the narrator's self examined lifeKeep The Aspidistra Flying What the hell was this garbage? Comstock is the fucking worst a whiner surrounded by good people whose affection and devotion he returns with sheer awfulness I can see why Orwell wanted this manuscript burned before publication1984 Did not read this this go round but enjoyed it when I read it on its own ages ago


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    Since this is a collection of novels I'll comment on each one separately as I read it on my Khanya blog and when I've done with all of them may add some comments on the collected works here I begin with Burmese Days because that was the first one in the collection that I hadn't readThe next one in the series is A clergyman's daughter to which I give only three stars Not that it's a bad book but it has some faults that I didn't see in Burmese DaysComing up for Air is a strange book I was determined not to like it and yet I felt compelled to finish it though couldn't stand to read much than a chapter a day; a page turner it wasn't It's about a fat middle aged salesman living a dull middle class life in a dull London suburb who goes out to get his new set of false teeth On thje way he sees a poster about King Zog's wedding and that sets him off reminscing about his childhood in a small town in Oxfordshire One expects the memories to last for a chapter or two but they go on and on and on


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    There's no denying Orwell's ability to tell a good story and these are all classic novels but they all suffer from having a fairly grim subtext about human nature and foibles Orwell went to Eton spent some time in the Burmese police force when it was part of the British Empire and wrote about down and outs in the depression by living among them You have to admire his commitment and there was some truth in his message but he was certainly always politically motivated George Orwell aka Eric Arthur Blair was an old school Socialist but as to whether you'll enjoy these novels is a matter of taste one for the socio political realists among you Not big on laughs


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    Animal Farm had never read it before An interesting book considering the definition of allegoricalI loved re reading Nineteen Eighty Four It has been decades but it never lost value written in 1949 it's amazing in its vision When I first read the book it was in the 70's Now in 2013 it is amazing to look back on what the vision for the world was in 1949 and how much has actually come to fruitionThe other books not as outstanding as I had hoped for Though some have given them rave reviews I thought the reading was a bit tedious


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OdayAbout the Author George Orwell whose real name was Eric Arthur Blair was born in 1903 in India and then went to Eton when his family moved back to England From 1922 to 1927 he served with the Indian Imperial Police in Burma an experience that inspired his first novel Burmese Days 1934 He lived in Paris before returning to England and Down and Out in Paris and London was published in 1933 After writing The Road to Wigan Pier and Homage to Catalonia his account of fighting for the Republic While my average rating for the six novels included in this massive collection is closer to 4 than 5 stars I feel I must give this particular edition full marks for the following two reasons 1 it collects all six of Orwell's novels and 2 because it is ridiculously affordable especially when purchased online This is one collection that is not to be missedHere then are my reviews for the individual novels included in this collectionAnimal Farm 5 stars A great little book which should be mandatory reading for anyone over the age of 12 A perfect example of concision and allegory and a study in the perversion of ideals the corrupting effect of power Plenty of not so subtle references to past present dictatorships but also a frightening reminder that there are still plenty of Animal Farms in today's world Read this today if you haven't alreadyBurmese Days 4 stars Having first read about Burma in Guy Delisle's Burma Chronicles which I recommend by the way my interest was piued Factor in George Orwell writing a book about his own experiences there in the 1920's with his trademark wit and insights and what the result was in my case anyway was what the French call un incontournable that is literally something which you cannot go aroundFlory really is the center of the story view spoilerAfter he commits suicide the book is wrapped up in a few pages hide spoiler The Creative Sandbox Way in 1903 L'odore del fieno in India and then went to Eton when his family moved back to England From 1922 to 1927 he served with the Indian Imperial Police La sposa spagnola in Burma an experience that Linterna Verde presenta: La Noche Final, tomo 2 inspired his first novel Burmese Days 1934 He lived Banana: A Global History in Paris before returning to England and Down and Out È una vita che ti aspetto in Paris and London was published Fearless: From Kampung Boy to CEO in 1933 After writing The Road to Wigan Pier and Homage to Catalonia his account of fighting for the Republic While my average rating for the six novels The Wolfman (Great Ideas) included Saranythia Part 1: The Gates of Setergard in this massive collection Tolstoy Therapy is closer to 4 than 5 stars I feel I must give this particular edition full marks for the following two reasons 1 Saranythia Part 1 it collects all six of Orwell's novels and 2 because 白雪公主殺人事件 it Tolstoy Therapy: A Fiction Prescription is ridiculously affordable especially when purchased online This 1493: Uncovering the New World Columbus Created is one collection that La linea d'ombra is not to be missedHere then are my reviews for the Hermaphrodeities individual novels Library Records: A Retention and Confidentiality Guide included Dalek Empire III: Chapter Three - The Survivors in this collectionAnimal Farm 5 stars A great little book which should be mandatory reading for anyone over the age of 12 A perfect example of concision and allegory and a study Silver Boomers - A Collection of Prose and Poetry by and about Baby Boomers in the perversion of L'orlo della Fondazione ideals the corrupting effect of power Plenty of not so subtle references to past present dictatorships but also a frightening reminder that there are still plenty of Animal Farms La vedova scalza in today's world Read this today Sei la mia vita if you haven't alreadyBurmese Days 4 stars Having first read about Burma Un pequeño asesinato in Guy Delisle's Burma Chronicles which I recommend by the way my Princess Diana - Her Last Love interest was piued Factor Portugal in George Orwell writing a book about his own experiences there Mairunovich, Vol.6 in the 1920's with his trademark wit and Dal diario di Saso: Come sopravvivere ai Calabresi insights and what the result was The Shrinking Man in my case anyway was what the French call un Count dOrgel incontournable that Everyone Can Be a Ninja: Find Your Inner Warrior and Achieve Your Dreams is literally something which you cannot go aroundFlory really Il respiro: Significati e pratica del soffio vitale is the center of the story view spoilerAfter he commits suicide the book Myth of the Maker is wrapped up La quarta rivoluzione industriale in a few pages hide spoiler

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Ans in the Spanish Civil War Orwell was admitted to a sanatorium in 1938 and from then on was never fully fit He spent six months in Morocco where he wrote Coming Up for Air During the Second World War Orwell served in the Home Guard and worked for the BBC His political allegory Animal Farm was published in 1945 and it was this novel together with Nineteen Eighty Four 1949 which brought him worldwide fame George Orwell was taken seriously ill in the winter of 1948 49 and died in London in 19 Animal Farm It's weird to think that I've lived this long as voracious a reader as I am and still have never read this slender classic in its entirety Of course I know what happens as the book is a cultural touchstone but this omnibus was missing the first five chapters so I am still ignorant of its entirety What I did read was thoroughly worthy of its status tho Oddly enough the bff has never read Animal Farm end to end either yet another thing we have in commonBurmese Days A stunning indictment of colonialism that is at once sympathetic to all the parties involved Better than most Maugham IMOA Clergyman's Daughter I mostly enjoyed this and was uite impressed with his rendering of her Another great examination of morality and choices as well as the social circumstances of the times Hard to read this without coming out of it with greater sympathy for the homelessComing Up For Air Hard to believe this was fiction given how inhabited it felt Wasn't sure I'd like it tbh from the blurb so was pleasantly surprised Thought it ended rather abruptly but was otherwise happy to just spend time in the narrator's self examined lifeKeep The Aspidistra Flying What the hell was this garbage? Comstock is the fucking worst a whiner surrounded by good people whose affection and devotion he returns with sheer awfulness I can see why Orwell wanted this manuscript burned before publication1984 Did not read this this go round but enjoyed it when I read it on its own ages ago The Canterville Ghost in the Spanish Civil War Orwell was admitted to a sanatorium Chiropractic Abuse: An Insider's Lament in 1938 and from then on was never fully fit He spent six months Cuckqueaned by the Maid in Morocco where he wrote Coming Up for Air During the Second World War Orwell served La princesa de jade in the Home Guard and worked for the BBC His political allegory Animal Farm was published The Creative Sandbox Way in 1945 and L'odore del fieno it was this novel together with Nineteen Eighty Four 1949 which brought him worldwide fame George Orwell was taken seriously La sposa spagnola ill Linterna Verde presenta: La Noche Final, tomo 2 in the winter of 1948 49 and died Banana: A Global History in London È una vita che ti aspetto in 19 Animal Farm It's weird to think that I've lived this long as voracious a reader as I am and still have never read this slender classic Fearless: From Kampung Boy to CEO in The Wolfman (Great Ideas) its entirety Of course I know what happens as the book Saranythia Part 1: The Gates of Setergard is a cultural touchstone but this omnibus was missing the first five chapters so I am still Tolstoy Therapy ignorant of Saranythia Part 1 its entirety What I did read was thoroughly worthy of 白雪公主殺人事件 its status tho Oddly enough the bff has never read Animal Farm end to end either yet another thing we have Tolstoy Therapy: A Fiction Prescription in commonBurmese Days A stunning 1493: Uncovering the New World Columbus Created indictment of colonialism that La linea d'ombra is at once sympathetic to all the parties Hermaphrodeities involved Better than most Maugham IMOA Clergyman's Daughter I mostly enjoyed this and was uite Library Records: A Retention and Confidentiality Guide impressed with his rendering of her Another great examination of morality and choices as well as the social circumstances of the times Hard to read this without coming out of Dalek Empire III: Chapter Three - The Survivors it with greater sympathy for the homelessComing Up For Air Hard to believe this was fiction given how Silver Boomers - A Collection of Prose and Poetry by and about Baby Boomers inhabited L'orlo della Fondazione it felt Wasn't sure I'd like La vedova scalza it tbh from the blurb so was pleasantly surprised Thought Sei la mia vita it ended rather abruptly but was otherwise happy to just spend time Un pequeño asesinato in the narrator's self examined lifeKeep The Aspidistra Flying What the hell was this garbage? Comstock Princess Diana - Her Last Love is the fucking worst a whiner surrounded by good people whose affection and devotion he returns with sheer awfulness I can see why Orwell wanted this manuscript burned before publication1984 Did not read this this go round but enjoyed Portugal it when I read Mairunovich, Vol.6 it on Dal diario di Saso: Come sopravvivere ai Calabresi its own ages ago

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Described by the Irish Times as 'a writer who can and must be rediscovered with every age' George Orwell is best known for Animal Farm and Nineteen Eighty Four two of the most famous well uoted and influential political satires ever written His other novels too tell stories of people at odds with repressive institutions and together they display Orwell's humour his understanding of human nature and his great compassion and leave us in no doubt about his power to move amuse and provoke even t ANIMAL FARM 3 StarsAll animals are eual but some are eual than othersBURMESE DAYS 3 StarsSeedy sweaty acerbic dissection of the contradictions and moral destitution of British colonial IndiaA CLERGYMAN'S DAUGHTER 1 StarA Clerics daughter loses her memory and embarks on an adventure of self discovery Probably Orwell's worst novelCOMING UP FOR AIR 4 StarsMid life crises nostalgia Very well written The best of his lesser known novels akin to HGWells' The History of Mr PollyKEEP THE ASPIDESTRA FLYING 3 starsAccurately exposes the achilles heel of MarxismA well observed and thoroughly unlikeable main character that every graduate will recognise at least in part as a caricature of themselves or someone they once knew and is almost certainly autobiographicalNINETEEN EIGHTY FOUR 4 StarsBig Brother Truespeak and Room 101Prophetic and insightfulIs there anybody who doesn't know what this book is about?