Why Orwell Matters

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Basic Books, 2002 - Biography & Autobiography - 211 pages
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Hitchens on Orwell: This is not a biography, but I sometimes feel as if George Orwell requires extricating from a pile of saccharine tablets and moist hankies; an object of sickly veneration and sentimental overpraise, employed to stultify schoolchildren with his insufferable rightness and purity. This kind of tribute is often of the Rochefoucauldian type; suggestive of the payoff made by vice to virtue, and also of the tricks played by an uneasy conscience.What [Orwell] illustrates, by his commitment to language as the partner of truth, is that "views" do not really count; that it matters not what you think, but how you think, and that politics are relatively unimportant, while principles have a way of enduring, as do the few irreducible individuals who maintain allegiance to them.Others on Hitchens: "I have been asked whether I wish to nominate a successor, an inheritor, a dauphin or delphino. I have decided to name Christopher Hitchens."-Gore Vidal"Christopher Hitchens's writing has sweep and flair. He is accurate where others are merely dutiful, unpredictable where the tendency is to go for the cliche. In short, brilliant."-Edward W. Said"May his targets cower." -Susan Sontag

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User Review  - Watervliet Public - Goodreads

This is a provocative , sharply written book that reveals many fascinating facts about the author of ANIMAL FARM and 1984. The only problem is, Hitchens celebrates Orwell almost exclusively as a ... Read full review

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User Review  - Tim - Goodreads

Hitchens evidently saw Orwell as a kind of role model for his own committed and proudly non-aligned persona - which is fair, though H is a less careful and somewhat flabbier writer. In any event, in ... Read full review

Contents

The Figure
1
Orwell and Empire
15
Orwell and the Left
35
Copyright

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About the author (2002)

Christopher Hitchens was born in Portsmouth, England on April 13, 1949. He was a contributing editor to Vanity Fair and wrote for numerous other publications throughout his lifetime. He was the author of numerous books including No One Left to Lie To, For the Sake of Argument, Prepared for the Worst, God Is Not Great, Hitch-22: A Memoir, and Arguably. He died due to complication from esophageal cancer on December 15, 2011 at the age of 62.

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