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George Orwell: English Rebel

George Orwell English Rebel An intellectual who did not like intellectuals a socialist who did not trust the state a liberal who was against free markets a Protestant who believed in religion but not in God a fierce opponent

  • Title: George Orwell: English Rebel
  • Author: Robert Colls
  • ISBN: 9780199680801
  • Page: 348
  • Format: Hardcover
  • An intellectual who did not like intellectuals, a socialist who did not trust the state, a liberal who was against free markets, a Protestant who believed in religion but not in God, a fierce opponent of nationalism who defined Englishness for a generation.Aside from being one of the greatest political essayists in the English language and author of two of the most famousAn intellectual who did not like intellectuals, a socialist who did not trust the state, a liberal who was against free markets, a Protestant who believed in religion but not in God, a fierce opponent of nationalism who defined Englishness for a generation.Aside from being one of the greatest political essayists in the English language and author of two of the most famous books in twentieth century literature, George Orwell was a man of profound contradictions George Orwell English Rebel takes us through the many twists and turns of Orwell s life and thought, from precocious, public school satirist at Eton and imperial policeman in Burma, through his early years as a rather dour documentary writer, and his formative experiences as a volunteer soldier in the Spanish Civil War.Robert Colls traces, in particular, Orwell s complex relationship with his country, from the alienated intellectual of the mid 1930s through a gradual reconciliation, to the exhilarating peaks of his wartime writing He explores the mistakes and contradictions, the lucky escapes and near misses, and what they tell us about Orwell as man and author.

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    1. In George Orwell: English Rebel, a book that is part biography, part literary criticism, Robert Colls evaluates his subject through the lens of Orwell’s “Englishness.” It is a fresh approach for discussing a man who has had many books written about him, but not much addressing his relationship with his country and national identity. Orwell lived in turbulent times. He is of course best known for writing Animal Farm and 1984, books that attack totalitarianism. What is less well known is tha [...]

    2. Can't seem to decide if it is a biography or a study and suceeds as neither. Not well organized, though does make good case for Orwell's essential Englishness.

    3. It took me a long time to finish this book which read more as a thesis than a biography for the general public! I was frequently irritated by the author's determined development of his thesis but, nevertheless, I learned much about Eric Blair in all his light and shade, in all his contradictions. But pity the poor writer who is pilloried for changing/evolving opinions because they have been committed to paper! Not many of us would stand the contradictions test over our lifetimes if our opinions [...]

    4. Some interesting material but I found Colls' approach to be a bit obscure and a bit irritating. It's an intellectual biography rather than an account of Orwell's life, but it mystifyingly passes over elements of his life and then mentions them in passing. Some sections feel more like summaries of the books and essays than any sort of analysis of them.

    5. A good book, but unevenly distributed.As a literary critique it reads excellently, it gives clear consideration to Orwell's ideas, and excellent accounts of the contradictions inherent in Orwell's writing, and does its best to explain where and why these exist.It is however frustrating as a biography. Large sections of Orwell's life are only briefly mentioned, sometimes skimming whole years very quickly, in favour of local literature trends, or comparisons to other authors of the time. It also o [...]

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