Books v. Cigarettes

Author: George Orwell

Publisher: Penguin UK

ISBN: 0141980583

Category: Literary Collections

Page: 144

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Beginning with a dilemma about whether he spends more money on reading or smoking, George Orwell’s entertaining and uncompromising essays go on to explore everything from the perils of second-hand bookshops to the dubious profession of being a critic, from freedom of the press to what patriotism really means. Throughout history, some books have changed the world. They have transformed the way we see ourselves – and each other. They have inspired debate, dissent, war and revolution. They have enlightened, outraged, provoked and comforted. They have enriched lives – and destroyed them. Now Penguin brings you the works of the great thinkers, pioneers, radicals and visionaries whose ideas shook civilization and helped make us who we are.

Animal Farm, George Orwell

Author: George Orwell,Wanda Opalinska

Publisher: Pearson Education

ISBN: 9781408270028

Category: Juvenile Fiction

Page: 72

View: 932

Each title in this series offers an exciting approach to English literature and will help students achieve a better grade. This book is packed with detailed summaries and commentaries, snappy advice, fun facts, and an extended resources section.

Nineteen Eighty-four

Author: George Orwell

Publisher: StreetLib

ISBN: 6050428360

Category: Fiction

Page: N.A

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Nineteen Eighty-Four Nineteen Eighty-Four, often published as 1984, is a dystopian novel by English author George Orwell published in 1949. The novel is set in Airstrip One (formerly known as Great Britain), a province of the superstate Oceania in a world of perpetual war, omnipresent government surveillance and public manipulation, dictated by a political system euphemistically named English Socialism (or Ingsoc in the government's invented language, Newspeak) under the control of a privileged elite of the Inner Party, that persecutes individualism and independent thinking as "thoughtcrime." The tyranny is epitomised by Big Brother, the Party leader who enjoys an intense cult of personality but who may not even exist. The Party "seeks power entirely for its own sake. It is not interested in the good of others; it is interested solely in power." The protagonist of the novel, Winston Smith, is a member of the Outer Party, who works for the Ministry of Truth (or Minitrue in Newspeak), which is responsible for propaganda and historical revisionism. His job is to rewrite past newspaper articles, so that the historical record always supports the party line. The instructions that the workers receive specify the corrections as fixing misquotations and never as what they really are: forgeries and falsifications. A large part of the ministry also actively destroys all documents that have been edited and do not contain the revisions; in this way, no proof exists that the government is lying. Smith is a diligent and skillful worker but secretly hates the Party and dreams of rebellion against Big Brother. Orwell based the character of the heroine of the novel, Julia, on his second wife, Sonia Orwell. As literary political fiction and dystopian science-fiction, Nineteen Eighty-Four is a classic novel in content, plot and style. Many of its terms and concepts, such as Big Brother, doublethink, thoughtcrime, Newspeak, Room 101, telescreen, 2 + 2 = 5, and memory hole, have entered into common use since its publication in 1949. Nineteen Eighty-Four popularised the adjective Orwellian, which describes official deception, secret surveillance and manipulation of recorded history by a totalitarian or authoritarian state. In 2005, the novel was chosen by TIME magazine as one of the 100 best English-language novels from 1923 to 2005. It was awarded a place on both lists of Modern Library 100 Best Novels, reaching number 13 on the editor's list, and 6 on the readers' list. In 2003, the novel was listed at number 8 on the BBC's survey The Big Read. George Orwell Eric Arthur Blair (25 June 1903 – 21 January 1950), who used the pen name George Orwell, was an English novelist, essayist, journalist, and critic. His work is marked by lucid prose, awareness of social injustice, opposition to totalitarianism, and outspoken support of democratic socialism.

Animal Farm

Special Edition

Author: George Orwell

Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform

ISBN: 9781717163028

Category:

Page: 76

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The most famous by far of all twentieth-century political allegories, Animal Farm is the account of a group of barnyard animals who revolt against their vicious human master, only to submit to a tyranny erected by their own kind, can fairly be said to have become a universal drama. Orwell is one of the very few modern satirists comparable to Jonathan Swift in power, artistry, and moral authority; in animal farm his spare prose and the logic of his dark comedy brilliantly highlight his stark message. Taking as his starting point the betrayed promise of the Russian Revolution, Orwell lays out a vision that, in its bitter wisdom, gives us the clearest understanding we possess of the possible consequences of our social and political acts. We are delighted to publish this classic book as part of our extensive Classic Library collection. Many of the books in our collection have been out of print for decades, and therefore have not been accessible to the general public. The aim of our publishing program is to facilitate rapid access to this vast reservoir of literature, and our view is that this is a significant literary work, which deserves to be brought back into print after many decades. The contents of the vast majority of titles in the Classic Library have been scanned from the original works. To ensure a high quality product, each title has been meticulously hand curated by our staff. Our philosophy has been guided by a desire to provide the reader with a book that is as close as possible to ownership of the original work. We hope that you will enjoy this wonderful classic work, and that for you it becomes an enriching experience.

George Orwell

Animal Farm-Nineteen Eighty-Four

Author: Daniel Lea

Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan

ISBN: 9781840462548

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 224

View: 5926

In this Readers' Guide, Daniel Lea takes a decisive path through the maze of interpretations that has accumulated around Orwell's best-known novels, examining critical reactions from the beginning of the Cold War through to the collapse of Communist Eastern Europe, and at the same time placing Orwell within a long tradition of dystopian writings. In exploring the artistic, cultural and social contexts of Orwell's work, it is an essential resource for students and general readers alike.

Coming Up for Air

Author: George Orwell

Publisher: Penguin UK

ISBN: 0141906022

Category: Fiction

Page: 256

View: 4051

Years in insurance and marriage to the joyless Hilda have been no more than death in life to George Bowling. This and fear of another war take his mind back to the peace of his childhood in a small country town. But his return journey to Lower Binfield brings complete disillusionment.

Orwell and politics

Animal farm in the context of essays, reviews and letters selected from the complete works of George Orwell

Author: George Orwell,Peter Hobley Davison

Publisher: Penguin Modern Classics

ISBN: 9780141185187

Category: Fiction

Page: 537

View: 2046

This title brings George Orwell's classic satire Animal Farm together with the author's other works exploring the nature of politics and the Second World War. His topics include: corrupt political language, the oppressive British Empire, and a wry review of Mein Kampf .

12 Years a Slave

Author: Northup S.

Publisher: Рипол Классик

ISBN: 5521054499

Category: Fiction

Page: N.A

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Соломон Нортан – один из самых интересных личностей в истории литературы. Рождённый свободным афроамериканцем, он был похищен работорговцами, заманившими его предложениями о работе скрипача. «12 лет рабства» – воспоминания Нортана о самых тёмных временах своей жизни, когда надежда уже почти задушена отчаянием, нет возможности вырваться из цепей рабства, чтобы вернуть свободу и честь. Потрясающая история была экранизирована и заслужено удостоена премии «Оскар». Читайте зарубежную литературу в оригинале!

Orwell in Spain

the full text of Homage to Catalonia, with associated articles, reviews and letters from The complete works of George Orwell

Author: George Orwell

Publisher: ePenguin

ISBN: 9780141185163

Category: Fiction

Page: 393

View: 8518

Including Homage to Catalonia, Orwell's profound experience of fighting in the Spanish Civil War, this title also contains Orwell's essays, letters and pamphlets, which show his resolution to tell the truth about the war amid a crop of lies from both the Communist Party and the British Press.

George Orwell: A Life in Letters

Author: George Orwell

Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company

ISBN: 0871406918

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 560

View: 7104

Appearing for the first time in one volume, these trenchant letters tell the eloquent narrative of Orwell’s life in his own words. From his school days to his tragic early death, George Orwell, who never wrote an autobiography, chronicled the dramatic events of his turbulent life in a profusion of powerful letters. Indeed, one of the twentieth century’s most revered icons was a lively, prolific correspondent who developed in rich, nuanced dispatches the ideas that would influence generations of writers and intellectuals. This historic work—never before published in America and featuring many previously unseen letters—presents an account of Orwell’s interior life as personal and absorbing as readers may ever see. Over the course of a lifetime, Orwell corresponded with hundreds of people, including many distinguished political and artistic figures. Witty, personal, and profound, the letters tell the story of Orwell’s passionate first love that ended in devastation and explains how young Eric Arthur Blair chose the pseudonym "George Orwell." In missives to luminaries such as T. S. Eliot, Stephen Spender, Arthur Koestler, Cyril Connolly, and Henry Miller, he spells out his literary and philosophical beliefs. Readers will encounter Orwell’s thoughts on matters both quotidian (poltergeists and the art of playing croquet) and historical—including his illuminating descriptions of war-shattered Barcelona and pronouncements on bayonets and the immanent cruelty of chaining German prisoners. The letters also reveal the origins of his famous novels. To a fan he wrote, "I think, and have thought ever since the war began…that our cause is the better, but we have to keep on making it the better, which involves constant criticism." A paragraph before, he explained that the British intelligentsia in 1944 were "perfectly ready for dictatorial methods, secret police, systematic falsification of history," prefiguring the themes of 1984. Entrusting the manuscript of Animal Farm to Leonard Moore, his literary agent, Orwell describes it as "a sort of fairy story, really a fable with political meaning…This book is murder from the Communist point of view." Hardly known outside a small circle of Orwell scholars, these rare letters include Orwell’s message to Dwight Macdonald of 5 December 1946 explaining Animal Farm; his correspondence with his first translator, R. N. Raimbault (with English translations of the French originals); and the moving encomium written about Orwell by his BBC head of department after his service there. The volume concludes with a fearless account of the painful illness that took Orwell’s life at age forty-seven. His last letter concerns his son and his estate and closes with the words, "Beyond that I can’t make plans at present." Meticulously edited and fully annotated by Peter Davison, the world’s preeminent Orwell scholar, the volume presents Orwell “in all his varieties” and his relationships with those most close to him, especially his first wife, Eileen. Combined with rare photographs and hand-drawn illustrations, George Orwell: A Life in Letters offers "everything a reader new to Orwell needs to know…and a great deal that diehard fans will be enchanted to have" (New Statesmen).

Orwell's England

Author: George Orwell

Publisher: Penguin UK

ISBN: 0141185171

Category: Fiction

Page: 432

View: 2511

Containing The Road to Wigan Pier , Orwell's account of poverty in Northern England, this title also includes The English People , in which he lists the nation's characteristics, and his essays on class, the horrors of private school life, and the merits of cricket, gardening and pubs.

Shooting an Elephant

Author: George Orwell

Publisher: Penguin UK

ISBN: 0141912286

Category: Fiction

Page: 400

View: 2004

'Shooting an Elephant' is Orwell's searing and painfully honest account of his experience as a police officer in imperial Burma; killing an escaped elephant in front of a crowd 'solely to avoid looking a fool'. The other masterly essays in this collection include classics such as 'My Country Right or Left', 'How the Poor Die' and 'Such, Such were the Joys', his memoir of the horrors of public school, as well as discussions of Shakespeare, sleeping rough, boys' weeklies and a spirited defence of English cooking. Opinionated, uncompromising, provocative and hugely entertaining, all show Orwell's unique ability to get to the heart of any subject.

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Animal Farm

Author: George Orwell,Pearson Education, Limited

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781292231280

Category:

Page: 144

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A First Book of Fairy Tales

Author: Mary Hoffman,Julie Downing

Publisher: DK Publishing (Dorling Kindersley)

ISBN: 9781405315531

Category: Juvenile Fiction

Page: 80

View: 794

Once upon a time there were some wonderful fairy tales waiting to be read ...Fourteen classic stories retold with beautiful illustrations and a sprinkle of story magic, bedtime will never be the same again.Enchant your child with favourite tales like Cinderella and Jack and the Beanstalk, or tell them some wonderful new stories; The Fisherman and his Wife or Diamonds and Toads.Mary Hoffman's charming retellings use simple language, ideal for reading or hearing aloud, while Julie Downing's stunning illustrations bring the characters to life, so children can follow and enjoy the fairytales through the pictures. A wonderful collection to quietly enjoy together - making bedtime easy.