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- Publisher: Mapleleaf Books (August 5, 2014)
- Publication Date: August 5, 2014
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00GSCRS3Q
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1984 (Nineteen Eighty-Four), Animal Farm, and over 40 Other Works by George Orwell Kindle Edition
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The very scary thing in today's society is that some groups seem to be using it as a manual for their attempts to control society, rather than as a warning against attempting to manipulate men's minds.
In days of political correctness, fake news, de-platforming speakers, controlling education systems, removing symbols of our past, and other methods of controlling what is heard in society, Orwell's book is both prophetic, and necessary as a warning that our hard fought for freedoms can very easily be taken away.
More importantly, I've found "Down and out in Paris and London" an interesting read. It is, in my view, by far the most grounded description of how people at the grass-root level lived. It's not a novel; I'd call it an ethnographic report on poverty. Although it was written in 1930s, I believe some of Orwell's observations about poverty still hold true today. For example, "You discover that a man who has gone even a week on bread and margarine is not a man any longer, only a belly with a few accessory organs... Hunger reduces one to an utterly spineless, brainless condition, more like the after-effects of influenza than anything else. It is as though one had been turned into a jellyfish..." I think it should be a required reading for young people in the affluent world.
One thing I don't like is the editing of the works (I've been reading the kindle version). There are quite a lot of typos that could be quite annoying sometimes. We should pay more respect to the fine writing of George Orwell and do a better editing work.
Maple Leaf brings out the ambiance of the British Raj in the "territories" pefectly.
One of the worlds great writers and his books can be read multiple times.