Big Brother Is Watching You: The words are inextricably associated with the classic dystopian novel 1984 and with its revered author, George Orwell. The Modern Scholar series continues its exploration of great authors with this course from esteemed professor Michael Shelden. In these lectures, Orwell, who also penned the epitome of the political satire, Animal Farm, is discussed in full, from his childhood in Henley-on-Thames to his final days.
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I found these lectures among the best of the six modern scholar lectures I have listened to. I find Orwells writing outstanding and captivating. I found myself downloading all of Orwell's books and essay's on audible because of these lectures. The lecturer has a genuine deep interest in the subject matter which makes the lectures all the more engaging.
My only small complaint, although I eventually got used to it, was Michael Scehldon's delivery. At times I thought. I was. Listening. To. William Shatner. Delivering his lines. In Star Trek.
To know the man behind the words and to know the influences that make the backdrop of any literature that much more rich - that is the case with this audiobook. Michael Shelden does wonderful justice to the life and writings of George Orwell. A life that spans many geopolitical shifts in our history is given breadth and depth in this audiobook. I will listen to it again ..... and again ....
There are books of the same chemical composition as dynamite. The only difference is that a piece of dynamite explodes once, whereas a book explodes a thousand times. ― Yevgeny Zamyatin
When people mention Orwell, they usually refer to either 1984 or Animal Farm. But these lectures offer a more profound understanding of Orwell's literary career than an analysis of the message and prototypes behind two of his most famous works.
Michael Shelden is the authorized biographer of George Orwell, and he manages to carry the reader away. The lectures inspired me to read Orwell's books and essays and get to know his ideas better. Learning those facts about Orwell made me fall in love with his genius. Thank you, Mr. Shelden!
This was an excellent listen. If you like Orwell or you don't, this is an amazing lecture. I have found The Modern Scholar series to be not only educational but thoroughly enjoyable. As my pocketbook allows I will be looking for more in the series and certainly would be interested in anything Michael Sheldon does.
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The personal details of Eric's life were delicious. A man who lived his love. His love was political literature in novels and commentary. Through this I felt an expression of his concern for mankind; which perhaps he lacked ability to vocally project . In some cases he seemed to protect others from themselves. From their own prejudices, their own lack of ambition or belief that improvement was good for their families and communities. He held firm, in the face of huge opposition, which would have made lesser men crumble. Now his views are the mainstream. It is rare that excellent vocal delivery and scholarly research reside in the same individual. Perhaps we have been spoilt by voice of Christopher Hitchens.
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