In 1936, George Orwell went to Spain to report on the civil war and instead joined the P.O.U.M. militia to fight against the Fascists....
When Orwell went to England in the 30's to find out how industrial workers lived, he not only observed but shared in their experiences....
Orwell's own experiences inspire this semi-autobiographical novel about a man living in Paris in the early 1930s without a penny.....
Colonial politics in Kyauktada, India, in the 1920s, come to a head when the European Club, previously for whites only, is ordered to elect one token native member....
Gordon Comstock loathes dull, middle-class respectability and worship of money....
In his probing and revelatory biography of one of the great prose stylists of the 20th century, acclaimed biographer Michael Shelden breaks new ground in the evocation of George Orwell’s personal life....
George Bowling, an insurance salesman, hits middle age and feels impelled to “come up for air” from his life of quiet desperation. With seventeen pounds he has won at a race, he steals a vacation from his wife and family....
Both George Orwell and Winston Churchill came close to death in the mid-1930s. If they'd died then, history would scarcely remember them....
This book throws light on many features of the American character....
And Yet... assembles a selection that usefully adds to Hitchens' oeuvre. It ranges from the literary to the political and is, by turns, a banquet of entertaining and instructive delights....
George Orwell's classic satire of the Russian Revolution is an intimate part of our contemporary culture....
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....
A faithful translation is rare; a translation which preserves intact the original text is very rare; a perfect translation of Montaigne appears impossible....
Thomas Paine was one of the greatest political propagandists in history....
The long-awaited guide to writing long-form nonfiction by the legendary author and teacher....
Winston Smith, a hero with no heroic qualities, longs only for truth and decency....
Chris Hedges on the most taboo topics in America, with David Talbot....
Chu's eye-opening investigation challenges our assumptions and asks us to consider the true value and purpose of education....
"Why I Write" describes Orwell's sense of political purpose, and the classic essay "Politics and the English Language" insists on clarity and precision in communication in order to avoid the Newspeak later described in 1984.
Other essays focus on Gandhi (he "disinfected the political air"), Dickens ("no novelist has shown the same power of entering into the child's point of view"), Kipling ("a jingo imperialist"), Henry Miller (who told Orwell that involvement in the Spanish war was an act of an idiot), and England "a family with the wrong members in control").
This is a first-rate collection of essays by one of the greatest writers of the twentieth century. The reader, Frederick Davidson, is excellent (as usual). As other reviewers have pointed out, the recording skips in places; this happens especially often in the latter half of Part 2. In nearly all cases the skips are tiny and it's easy enough to fill in the missing word (and it really does seem to be just one word that's affected), but there are a few more substantial skips. This isn't really acceptable, frankly, but I found it detracted less from my enjoyment of the book than one might think. It's not ideal, but it's hardly a fatal flaw when the content is so very good.
The complete contents are as follows:
- "Such, Such Were the Joys"
- Charles Dickens
- The Art of Donald McGill
- Rudyard Kipling
- Raffles and Miss Blandish
- Shooting an Elephant
- Politics and the English Language
- Reflections on Gandhi
- Looking Back on the Spanish War
- Inside the Whale
- England Your England
- Boys' Weeklies
- Why I Write
20 of 20 people found this review helpful
I agree almost completely with the earlier review here. The pieces are all interesting, very illuminating, and, of course, exceptionally well written. The skips in the audio are mainly in the second half, and while they are irritating, the book is well worth the trouble.
12 of 12 people found this review helpful
These essays are unusually smart and convey Orwell's particular brand of thinking. The flavor of the book is very English, somewhat glum, but intellectually stimulating. The parts which are dated (the English are a particularly gentle people) or esoteric (a long discussion about the meaning of popular picture post cards) or suspect (socialism or totalitarianism or the only viable options), are still quite interesting and even illuminating. The narrator is very upper-crust-sounding, but it fits somehow. The four stars are not five only because there are so many skips -- not just one or two as you might have in any recording, but dozens -- that it sometimes affects the meaning. When you have a writer who uses prose as economically as Orwell, you can't afford to lose many words.
10 of 10 people found this review helpful
This would be a four or five-star book, if it were not for the inexcusable and frequent skips in the second half of the production, which are not only disconcerting, but sometimes make it difficult to follow the narration. This edition should be withdrawn and the production remastered or re-narrated.
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What made the experience of listening to Such, Such Were the Joys and Other Essays the most enjoyable?
Davidson gave fine voice to Orwell's solid writing
Any additional comments?
Many points in the recording sound poorly spliced together. Parts of the text are missing.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful
Outstanding work, outstanding performance marred by frequent, regular, irritating skips throughout the last third of the book. Thinking this was caused by a poor download i deleted and then redownloaded. It is a glitchy file.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
This is a terrific collection of essays read quite well by Frederick Davidson. The unfortunate part is that the recording while clear is pockmarked all through with skipping. Dreadful really.
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? were you required to read 1984 or Animal Farm as a student
? do you feel that social media has invaded every corner of your life
? do you find corporate and political speech stultifying and oppressive
george orwell ( eric blair ) foresaw many of these impending modern issues
the fact that he was born in 1903, tells us just how insightful he really was
the phrases "...big brother...thought police...newspeak..." all originated with orwell
as you'd expect with a prophet, orwell lead a grumpy, difficult and lonely existence
this collection of eloquent essays chronicle each chapter in his life and thought
if you still believe individuals are of infinite worth you'll find orwell an insightful guide
I have enjoyed listening to this audiobook. It is very interesting and informative. The essays are so amazing. I just felt that the narrator needed to lighten up a bit. But overall, it is wonderful. I highly recommend it to all.
The narrator has a really posh English accent, which I doubt Orwell would have cared for, let alone spoken that way. It's worth putting up with it though, these essays are great.
1 of 3 people found this review helpful