One of the most thought-provoking and vivid essayists of the twentieth century, George Orwell fought the injustices of his time with singular vigor through pen and paper. In this selection of essays, he ranges from reflections on his boyhood schooling and the profession of writing to his views on the Spanish Civil War and British imperialism.
Quotes from the book:
“The truth, it is felt, becomes untruth when your enemy utters it.”
“...men can only be highly civilized while other men, inevitably less civilized, are there to guard and feed them.”
“There are books that one reads over and over again, books that become part of the furniture of one’s mind and alter one’s whole attitude to life, books that one dips into but never reads through, books that one reads at a single sitting and forgets a week later.”
“If you ask me, essays are George Orwell's true talent.” (Ned Ryerson, goodreads.com)
“It is a spectacular collection of Orwell's best essays and what struck me while reading it was the vast array of topics that Orwell took as his subjects.” (Jessica, goodreads.com)
“What's funny about Orwell is that everybody thinks he is on their side, but this collection made me more fully aware that his worldview is firmly that of a liberal democratic socialist.” (Matt, goodreads.com)