Monday, May 3, 2010


Recently I was lucky enough to get my hands on an anthology of George Orwell's works. I'm still working my way though it and it's a struggle to put it down. My lunch breaks, bus rides and evenings have become lovingly devoted to Orwell. Tackling intense (and somewhat scary) themes such as social injustice, democratic socialism and his opposition to totalitarianism, Orwell's writing is clear, accesible and beautifully written. Never one to dress his words fancily or try to outwit his reader, his writing maps out questions about the society we live in and the moral and ethical codes we live by. Orwell lived through troubled times of turmoil, uprising and revolution as well as economic depression. World War two, the Spanish civil war and time in Burma provided him with material for insightful and somewhat bleak and honest novels about what power and corruption can do to human lives.

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