Homage to Catalonia

Author: George Orwell

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin

ISBN: 9780547447339

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 441

View: 5217


Collects two works in which a British writer explores the seedy underbelly of three great cities.

Down and Out in Paris and London

Author: George Orwell

Publisher: Lulu.com

ISBN: 1105495957

Category: Homelessness

Page: 169

View: 8626


Reprint. Originally published: New York: Harper & Brothers, 1933.

The Non-Fiction of George Orwell

Author: George Orwell

Publisher: Benediction Classics

ISBN: 9781789432510

Category:

Page: 366

View: 1953


The Non-Fiction of George Orwell includes three memoirs, Down and Out in Paris and London, The Road to Wigan Pier, and Homage to Catalonia which provide an indispensable introduction to the thought and writing of George Orwell. Immediately after deciding to become a writer, the Eton-educated Orwell lived among the paupers and the poorest of working-class labourers in Paris and the East End of London, observing and recording. His first book Down and Out in Paris and London discusses not just the physical life of the poor, but also their inner life. "If you set yourself to it, you can live the same life, rich or poor. You can keep on with your books and your ideas. You just got to say to yourself, "I'm a free man in here" - he tapped his forehead - "and you're all right." ― George Orwell, Down and Out in Paris and London "People are wrong when they think that an unemployed man only worries about losing his wages; on the contrary, an illiterate man, with the work habit in his bones, needs work even more than he needs money. An educated man can put up with enforced idleness, which is one of the worst evils of poverty ... The man who really merits pity is the man who has been down from the start, and faces poverty with a blank, resourceless mind." ― George Orwell, Down and Out in Paris and London. The Road to Wigan Pier, a highly original and unorthodox political treatise, describes Orwell's experiences living among the destitute and unemployed miners of northern England, sharing, observing, and describing their lives. It concludes with a passionate description of socialism; a critique of the middle class, who, logically, should support it but are its most vociferous opponents; and a scathing critique of the socialist movements of the time. Robert McCrum describes the book's essential role in the evolution of "George Orwell" "The upshot of this uniquely strange book was a kind of creative liberation: Eric Blair, who was now unequivocally George Orwell, had found his voice and his identity. For the rest of his active life - barely 10 years - he would write as a British literary socialist. From this declaration of intent come his masterpieces: Homage to Catalonia, Animal Farm and, finally, Nineteen Eighty-Four. It's arguable that without The Road to Wigan Pier none of these would have been possible." Homage to Catalonia is Orwell's account of his experiences as a volunteer in the Spanish Civil War. It was a formative period for his political thought and his subsequent writing. He states in Why I Write "Every line of serious work that I have written since 1936 has been written, directly or indirectly, against totalitarianism and for Democratic Socialism, as I understand it." Homage to Catalonia, "politically and as literature ... is a work of first-class importance, " Geoffrey Gorer. "It shows us the heart of innocence that lies in revolution; also, the miasma of lying that, far more than the cruelty, takes the heart out of it, " Philip Mairet. George Orwell (1903-1950) was a leading British writer of the twentieth century. After studying at Eton as a King's Scholar he joined the Indian Imperial Police until 1927 when, disgusted by imperialism, he resigned to pursue his boyhood dream of being a writer. Orwell was a prolific journalist, essayist, novelist and nonfiction writer. He is remembered for his prescient writing and his unwavering commitment to truth and clarity of expression. Animal Farm and Nineteen Eighty-Four have placed him at the very pinnacle of British literature.

Homage to Catalonia

Author: George Orwell

Publisher: Penguin UK

ISBN: 0141911719

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 272

View: 3483


'An unrivalled picture of the rumours, suspicions and treachery of civil war' Antony Beevor Every line of serious work that I have written since 1936 has been written, directly or indirectly, against totalitarianism and for democratic Socialism as I understand it'. Thus wrote Orwell following his experiences as a militiaman in the Spanish Civil War, chronicled in Homage to Catalonia. Here he brings to bear all the force of his humanity, passion and clarity, describing with bitter intensity the bright hopes and cynical betrayals of that chaotic episode: the revolutionary euphoria of Barcelona, the courage of ordinary Spanish men and women he fought alongside, the terror and confusion of the front, his near-fatal bullet wound and the vicious treachery of his supposed allies. A firsthand account of the brutal conditions of the Spanish Civil War, George Orwell's Homage to Catalonia includes an introduction by Julian Symons.

Homage to Catalonia by George Orwell (Book Analysis)

Author: Bright Summaries

Publisher: BrightSummaries.com

ISBN: 2808012985

Category: Study Aids

Page: 46

View: 417


Unlock the more straightforward side of Homage to Catalonia with this concise and insightful summary and analysis! This engaging summary presents an analysis of Homage to Catalonia by George Orwell, a first-person account of the author’s experiences fighting on the side of the Spanish Republican government during the Spanish Civil War. Along with thousands of others from around the world, Orwell travelled to Spain to fight against Franco’s Nationalists with the aim of stemming the rising tide of Fascism in Europe. His account of his time in Spain aims to cut through the propaganda and myths surrounding the conflict, and it remains an important documentary work. In addition to non-fiction accounts such as Homage to Catalonia, Down and Out in Paris and London and The Road to Wigan Pier, Orwell wrote the celebrated novels 1984 and Animal Farm. He is remembered as one of the most acclaimed and influential British writers of the 20th century. Find out everything you need to know about Homage to Catalonia in a fraction of the time! This in-depth and informative reading guide brings you: • A complete plot summary • Character studies • Key themes and symbols • Questions for further reflection Why choose BrightSummaries.com? Available in print and digital format, our publications are designed to accompany you on your reading journey. The clear and concise style makes for easy understanding, providing the perfect opportunity to improve your literary knowledge in no time. See the very best of literature in a whole new light with BrightSummaries.com!

Complete Works of George Orwell. Illustrated

Author: George Orwell

Publisher: Strelbytskyy Multimedia Publishing

ISBN: N.A

Category: Fiction

Page: N.A

View: 8813


Orwell believed that true prose should be “like a windowpane” and he, himself, strove to write clearly and precisely. His early works, not only those of a journalistic nature, are primarily autobiographical. He outlined what he considered the essence of prose in his essay “Shooting an Elephant” and further developed the ideas in his essay “Politics and the English Language”. In this work, Orwell argues that political dishonesty and inaccurate, slovenly language are inextricably linked. The Spanish civil war significantly influenced Orwell’s life. In 1936, Orwell arrived in Spain as a journalist. However, always true to his beliefs, upon his arrival in Barcelona he immediately joined a guerrilla group of Marxist workers (POUM). He fought on the Aragon and Teruel fronts and received a grave wound. The impressions wrought by his time in Spain did not fade throughout Orwell’s life. In his final pre-war novel, Coming Up for Air, he denounced the modern erosion of traditional values. Orwell criticized both English socialism and Stalinism. Orwell understood his duty as a writer to be the promotion of an ideal, liberal, socialism while defending against the totalitarian tendencies that threatened the times. His goals are clearly observed in the 1945 novel Animal Farm. This satire of the Russian Revolution and the crushed hopes that resulted is told as an allegory featuring farm animals who take over the management of the farm from the farmer for their betterment. Orwell published his final book, 1984, in 1949. It features a future dystopia in which Orwell intricately portrays a totalitarian society saturated with anger and fear. THE NOVELS BURMESE DAYS A CLERGYMAN’S DAUGHTER KEEP THE ASPIDISTRA FLYING COMING UP FOR AIR ANIMAL FARM NINETEEN EIGHTY-FOUR THE MEMOIRS DOWN AND OUT IN PARIS AND LONDON THE ROAD TO WIGAN PIER HOMAGE TO CATALONIA THE POETRY OF GEORGE ORWELL THE NON-FICTION BOOK REVIEWS AUTOBIOGRAPHICAL NOTE

Homage to Catalonia / Down and Out in Paris and London

Author: George Orwell

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

ISBN: 0544943554

Category: Fiction

Page: 448

View: 673


Homage to Catalonia is both a memoir of Orwell’s experience at the front in the Spanish Civil War and a tribute to those who died in what he called a fight for common decency. Down and Out in Paris and London chronicles the adventures of a penniless British writer who finds himself rapidly descending into the seedy heart of two great European cities. This edition brings together two powerful works from one of the finest writers of the twentieth century.

Down and Out in Paris and London by George Orwell (Book Analysis)

Author: Bright Summaries

Publisher: BrightSummaries.com

ISBN: 2808012691

Category: Study Aids

Page: 48

View: 3194


Unlock the more straightforward side of Down and Out in Paris and London with this concise and insightful summary and analysis! This engaging summary presents an analysis of Down and Out in Paris and London by George Orwell, which provides an account of the time the author spent voluntarily living among Europe’s poorest and most downtrodden citizens. His experiences of poverty gave him first-hand insight into the hardship and injustice faced by the homeless and the working poor, and he conveyed the lessons he had learnt to a largely middle-class readership in this powerful work of social criticism. Down and Out in Paris and London was Orwell’s first published book. His subsequent works, including Homage to Catalonia, Animal Farm and 1984 cemented his position as one of the most acclaimed and influential British writers of the 20th century. Find out everything you need to know about Down and Out in Paris and London in a fraction of the time! This in-depth and informative reading guide brings you: • A complete plot summary • Character studies • Key themes and symbols • Questions for further reflection Why choose BrightSummaries.com? Available in print and digital format, our publications are designed to accompany you on your reading journey. The clear and concise style makes for easy understanding, providing the perfect opportunity to improve your literary knowledge in no time. See the very best of literature in a whole new light with BrightSummaries.com!