From a very early age, perhaps the age of five or six, I knew that when I grew up I should be a writer. Between the ages of about seventeen and twenty-four I tried to abandon this idea, but I did so with the consciousness that I was outraging my true nature and that sooner or later I should have to settle down and write books.
I was the middle child of three, but there was a gap of five years on either side, and I barely saw my father before I was eight. For this and other reasons I was somewhat lonely, and I soon developed disagreeable mannerisms which made me unpopular throughout my schooldays. I had the lonely child's habit of making up stories and holding conversations with imaginary persons, and I think from the very start my literary ambitions were mixed up with the feeling of being isolated and undervalued. I knew that I had a facility with words and a power of facing unpleasant facts, and I felt that this created a sort of private world in which I could get my own back for my failure in everyday life. Nevertheless the volume of serious - i.e. seriously intended - writing which I produced all through my childhood and boyhood would not amount to half a dozen pages. I wrote my first poem at the age of four or five, my mother taking it down to dictation.
It is unfortunate that most of this slim volume is dominated by a long and very badly dated essay, 'The Lion and the Unicorn' (1940) in which Orwell doesn't even yet know who is... Read morePublished 2 months ago by othoniaboys
The actual essay, "Why I Write" is thoughtful, clear. The essay "Politics and the English Language" is true and eternal. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Mike Seder
I wanted to read this book forever and my review with 1 star in it, isn't about the actual book. It's about the actual version of it. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Mirdon Fusha
This little book contains four essays written between 1931 and 1946. But the bulk of the book (85 of 120 pages) is taken up by one essay, "The Lion and the Unicorn: Socialism and... Read morePublished 11 months ago by Fezziwig
George Orwell has to be a very influential authors of the last century. Why I write is a valuable insight in to his reasons. It is the author talking directly to his audience. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Ken
This book will go toward completing a collection of George Orwell books. It is good to read about a person's philosophy.Published 14 months ago by Allan Driver
Each one of us has to decide what we want to do with the days that unfold, way too quickly. Orwell's penmanship cuts through the wordiness that only a man that knows what he... Read morePublished 16 months ago by Mark O'Brien
It's is as honest a telling of an author's motives as I have seen. As usual Orwell knows himself, and sees himself with the same objective eye that he applied to the world. Read morePublished 17 months ago by PalatS