Why I Write

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Penguin Books, 2005 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 119 pages
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Throughout history, some books have changed the world. They have transformed the way we see ourselves—and each other. They have inspired debate, dissent, war and revolution. They have enlightened, outraged, provoked and comforted. They have enriched lives—and destroyed them.

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Whether puncturing the lies of politicians, wittily dissecting the English character or telling unpalatable truths about war, Orwell's timeless, uncompromising essays are more relevant, entertaining and essential than ever in today's era of spin.

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Great samples of Orwell's writing. - Goodreads
Good prose is like a windowpane. - Goodreads
Orwell writes succinctly about writing. - Goodreads
I especially enjoyed his opinions on writing style. - Goodreads
Every writer should read this book. - Goodreads

The title is a bit misleading

User Review  - DHJoe - Fnac

Overall, I enjoyed this book, and especially the first chapter that carries the title ""Why I write"". The rest of the book is more about the author's opinion on the political situation in the U.K. when the manuscript was written. The reader will need some background information to enjoy it. Read full review

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User Review  - CG Fewston - Goodreads

Why I Write (2004) by George Orwell (1903-1950) is actually a collection of four short essays: “Why I Write” (1946); “The Lion and the Unicorn” (1940); “A Hanging” (1931); and “Politics of the English ... Read full review

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About the author (2005)

George Orwell was born Eric Arthur Blair in 1903 in Motihari in Bengal, India and later studied at Eton for four years. Orwell was an assistant superintendent with the Indian Imperial Police in Burma. He left the position after five years and then moved to Paris, where he wrote his first two books, Burmese Days and Down and Out In Paris. Orwell then moved to Spain to write but decided to join the United Workers Marxist Party Militia. After being decidedly opposed to communism, Orwell served in the British Home Guard and with the Indian Service of the BBC during World War II. He started writing for the Observer and was literary editor for the Tribune. Soon after he published the world-famous book, Animal Farm, which became a huge success for Orwell. It was then towards the end of his life when Orwell wrote Nineteen Eighty-Four. George Orwell died on January 23, 1950 in London.

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