Archive for the 'George Orwell' Category

ORWELL WEEK 7: NORTH AND SOUTH…

February 18th, 2018

As I mentioned last week, I first read The Road To Wigan Pier a little more than seven years ago after reading Christopher Hitchens rightly praise the writings of George Orwell. The 4,289-word essay, North And South, written in 1937, is also an excerpt from Wigan. Orwell begins: As you travel northward your eye, accustomed […]

ORWELL WEEK 6: DOWN THE MINE…

February 11th, 2018

I first read The Road To Wigan Pier a little more than seven years ago after reading Christopher Hitchens rightly praise the writings of George Orwell. The 4,861-word essay, Down The Mine, written in 1937, is an excerpt from Wigan. Orwell begins: Our civilization, pace Chesterton, is founded on coal, more completely than one realizes […]

ORWELL, WEEK 5: BOOKSHOP MEMORIES

February 4th, 2018

For me, the two most magical places in the world are libraries and bookshops. I still own the first two books I bought with my own money—the Modern Library editions of Walden And Other Writings Of Henry David Thoreau, edited by Brooks Atkinson (1965 edition) and The Complete Works Of Lewis Carroll with illustrations by […]

ORWELL, WEEK 4: SHOOTING AN ELEPHANT

January 28th, 2018

This week I read Shooting An Elephant, published on 1 October 1936. While the major action in the essay is indeed the shooting of a bull elephant—reader warning, if you are at all disturbed by descriptions of the slaughter of animals, as I am, skip that part—in musth, Orwell’s true theme is imperialism. Orwell begins […]

ORWELL, WEEK 3: THE HANGING

January 21st, 2018

This week I read The Hanging, published on 1 August 1931. Orwell begins his 1,947-word essay: It was in Burma, a sodden morning of the rains. A sickly light, like yellow tinfoil, was slanting over the high walls into the jail yard. We were waiting outside the condemned cells, a row of sheds fronted with […]

ORWELL, WEEK 2: THE SPIKE

January 14th, 2018

Orwell’s earliest essay is The Spike, published on 1 April 1931. The essay formed the basis for Orwell’s later book: Down And Out In Paris And London and is as fine an example of experiential journalism ever written. Orwell begins his 3,374-word essay: It was late-afternoon. Forty-nine of us, forty-eight men and one woman, lay […]

WHY GEORGE ORWELL WROTE ALL THOSE WORDS…

January 7th, 2018

So, in the interest of changing my routine for 2018, I’m adding the reading of one essay by George Orwell to my Sunday mornings. I’ll be reading then in the order that they were were published—or at least as close to that order as I can ascertain since publication dates are not always readily available. […]