Why I Write

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Penguin Books, 2005 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 119 pages
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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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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  - Jessica - Goodreads

I confess I was expecting a little bit more insight into Orwell's version of the how and why of writing. Still, this ultra-slim volume contains well-written prose and a good story called 'A Hanging' which shows Orwell as the thoughtful writer that he is. Read full review

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About the author (2005)

George Orwell was born Eric Arthur Blair on June 25, 1903 in Motihari in Bengal, India and later studied at Eton College for four years. He was an assistant superintendent with the Indian Imperial Police in Burma. He left that position after five years and moved to Paris, where he wrote his first two books: Burmese Days and Down and Out in Paris and London. He then moved to Spain to write but decided to join the United Workers Marxist Party Militia. After being decidedly opposed to communism, he served in the British Home Guard and with the Indian Service of the BBC during World War II. After the war, he wrote for the Observer and was literary editor for the Tribune. His best known works are Animal Farm and 1984. His other works include A Clergyman's Daughter, Keep the Aspidistra Flying, The Road to Wigan Pier, Homage to Catalonia, and Coming Up for Air. He died on January 21, 1950 at the age of 46.

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