Facing Unpleasant Facts

Facing Unpleasant Facts

Narrative Essays

Book - 2008
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George Orwell was first and foremost an essayist. From his earliest published article in 1928 to his untimely death in 1950, he produced an extraordinary array of short nonfiction that reflected--and illuminated--the fraught times in which he lived and wrote. "As soon as he began to write something," comments George Packer in his foreword to this new two-volume collection, "it was as natural for Orwell to propose, generalize, qualify, argue, judge--in short, to think--as it was for Yeats to versify or Dickens to invent." Facing Unpleasant Facts charts Orwell's development as a master of the narrative-essay form and unites classics such as "Shooting an Elephant" with lesser-known journalism and passages from his wartime diary. Whether detailing the horrors of Orwell's boyhood in an English boarding school or bringing to life the sights, sounds, and smells of the Spanish Civil War, these narrative essays weave together the personal and the political in an unmistakable style that is at once plainspoken and brilliantly complex.
Publisher: Orlando : Harcourt, [2008], ©2008
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780151013616
Branch Call Number: 824 Or
Characteristics: xxviii, 308 pages ; 22 cm
Additional Contributors: Packer, George 1960-


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Yes, we usually bump into Orwell's two dystopic novels. Since we are really lucky, we find a copy of his "Burmese Days," a classic anti-colonialist novel, and Orwell's precise essays.

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Sep 19, 2015

George Orwell is a great writer of essays. This collection is autobiographical and well-describes his years of poverty and the military. I was most impacted by the long essay which gives perspective on the British educational system, and you are left feeling the lifelong impression that boarding schools can leave on children who are products of that system.

Sep 26, 2009

Reading these essays grouped by theme is another great way to study Orwell.


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