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interesting book of the selected works of george orwell from newspapers and other writings [[ FREE EBOOK ]] ↿ Seeing Things as They Are: Selected Journalism and Other Writings ☞ An enlightening anthology of George Orwell s journalism and non fiction writing, showing his genius across a wide variety of genres Selected by leading expert Peter DavisonFamous for his novels and essays, Orwell remains one of our very best journalists and commentators Confronting social, political and moral dilemmas head on, he was fearless in his writing a champion of free speech, a defender against social injustice and a sharp eyed chronicler of the age But his work is also timeless, as pieces on immigration, Scottish independence and a Royal Commission on the Press attest Seeing Things As They Are, compiled by renowned Orwell scholar Peter Davison, brings together in one volume many of Orwell s articles and essays for journals and newspapers, his broadcasts for the BBC, and his book, theatre and film reviews Little escaped Orwell s attention he writes about the Spanish Civil War, public schools and poltergeists, and reviews books from Brave New World to Mein Kampf Almost half of his popular As I Please weekly columns, written while literary editor of the Tribune during the s, are collected here, ranging over topics as diverse as the purchase of rose bushes from Woolworth s to the Warsaw UprisingWhether political, poetic, polemic or personal, this is surprising, witty and intelligent writing to delight in A mix of well known and intriguing, less familiar pieces, this engaging collection illuminates our understanding of Orwell s work as a whole This is a really thoughtful collection of Orwell s writing, and I learnt a lot from it, not just about him but also the social situation in Britain and Europe in the lead up, during and immediate aftermath of WW2 It put a fresh perspective on what I ve already learnt at school growing up and just life to date I reflected on the note that, It ismuch easier to write inoffensive prose than to tell a good story, in his essay on Rudyard Kipling Rudyard Kipling wrote my favourite poem, If, whi This is a really thoughtful collection of Orwell s writing, and I learnt a lot from it, not just about him but also the social situation in Britain and Europe in the lead up, during and immediate aftermath of WW2 It put a fresh perspective on what I ve already learnt at school growing up and just life to date I reflected on the note that, It ismuch easier to write inoffensive prose than to tell a good story, in his essay on Rudyard Kipling Rudyard Kipling wrote my favourite poem, If, which I quite often carry with me Reading a transcript of a BBC broadcast about the 3rd anniversary of the outbreak of WW2 5 Sept 1942 I considered as I hadn t really before how people must have been at that point, especially when I read, However long the struggle may yet be, its end cannot be in much doubt They were still hopeful, which was justifiable, but they didn t see an end until almost another 3 years later Another passage that piqued my interest was in an essay entitled Thomas Hardy looks at war Why, then, is Napoleon s story moving Because personal ambition is tragic against a background of fatalism, and themegalomaniac it is, thetragic it becomes If one believes that the future is predetermined, no figure is so pitiful as the great man, the man who a littlethan others has the illusion of controlling his destiny I took a lot of notes and excerpts from this volume and so can go on for ages, but in short I highly recommend it Orwell was thoughtful and articulate, and as that s a rarity especially in the age we live in now, it s worth taking the time to reflect on what he had to say Sure, this one took me a year to read, but it s so easy to dip in and out of it, reading Orwell s pieces on a variety of topics I learned a lotabout international relations during the world wars andparticulars about political leaders active during those times a feature sadly lacking in my high school education I empathise with many of Orwell s opinions around culture, politics, society and human nature, so I suppose that in my case, his collected writings in this tome is akin to Sure, this one took me a year to read, but it s so easy to dip in and out of it, reading Orwell s pieces on a variety of topics I learned a lotabout international relations during the world wars andparticulars about political leaders active during those times a feature sadly lacking in my high school education I empathise with many of Orwell s opinions around culture, politics, society and human nature, so I suppose that in my case, his collected writings in this tome is akin to preaching to the converted Regardless, he was a writer that definitely possessed a gift for writing in a variety of contexts I definitely look forward to readingof his other works in the future This book has cemented George Orwell as my absolute favourite author His reviews ranging from science fiction of the day to Mein Kampf demonstrate a genuine interest in the different purposes of books, but it is his intellectual honesty that did it for me Orwell had strong opinions and principles that he stuck to and he is happy to admit where he has been wrong in the past He would be ashamed as to what modern day discourse about politics has done I would love to see him apply his critical This book has cemented George Orwell as my absolute favourite author His reviews ranging from science fiction of the day to Mein Kampf demonstrate a genuine interest in the different purposes of books, but it is his intellectual honesty that did it for me Orwell had strong opinions and principles that he stuck to and he is happy to admit where he has been wrong in the past He would be ashamed as to what modern day discourse about politics has done I would love to see him apply his critical eye to everything from the hypocritical social justice warriors, the misguided attitudes the general public have towards the European Union, and holding politicians to account for their lies and misgivings I love Orwell s clear and flowing words less the fact that so much of what he observes is, or feels to be present around us in today s world full or Trump Boris Brexit and a virus I have not completely finished this but read it now and again pulling out a sense for that time and him as a writer each time I dip in. I am a great fan of George Orwell I was fortunate enough to receive this book as a Christmas present some time ago It is not one of those books which can be read from cover to cover The collection of pieces are almost designed to be dipped into For my part, I found it as a useful antidote to poor writing Orwell s pieces are all very well written The prose is precise and the logic of the argument flows from one point to another.One of the advantages of reading a collection of journalism is I am a great fan of George Orwell I was fortunate enough to receive this book as a Christmas present some time ago It is not one of those books which can be read from cover to cover The collection of pieces are almost designed to be dipped into For my part, I found it as a useful antidote to poor writing Orwell s pieces are all very well written The prose is precise and the logic of the argument flows from one point to another.One of the advantages of reading a collection of journalism is that the subject matter jumps from topic to topic This collection is full of little vignettes of British life from the mid 1930s, throughout the second world war, and on to the post war period It is fascinating For example, according to Orwell, there was not much of a colour bar in British restaurants prior to the war This piece of petty racism was brought to the UK by American servicemen during the war Apparently, in the segregated US forces, white American servicemen refused to dine with their black comrades, and the British restauranters simply allowed the money to talk As I said, fascinating.I quite like these acute observations of the detail of daily life It really does connect me to a past that I have never known The book is a wide collection of well observed features of daily life, well written, and full of interest I imagine that I may return to the book in the future It is always good to read Orwell Two things struck me while reading Firstly, as is it a book you dip into and read over a longer period of time, it is surprising how many of the issues pop up in the news of 2017 For example, from near the end of the book, the British relationship with the USA, minorities in Burma, immigration etc Secondly, i was struck by the similarity of the change of leadership after Chamberlain to that of Cameron It made me realise that without the crisis May would ne It is always good to read Orwell Two things struck me while reading Firstly, as is it a book you dip into and read over a longer period of time, it is surprising how many of the issues pop up in the news of 2017 For example, from near the end of the book, the British relationship with the USA, minorities in Burma, immigration etc Secondly, i was struck by the similarity of the change of leadership after Chamberlain to that of Cameron It made me realise that without the crisis May would never have become PM and this make important change possible as the traditional leaders have been ousted for the present