George Orwell… a great writer and after 1984 we can’t say that we haven’t been warned.
George Orwell is the writer whom I most admire.
He is not the writer with the greatest insight into things, he is not the most brilliant literary stylist, and he is not the writer who gives me the greatest pleasure.
He is the writer I would have most liked to resemble—in his honesty, in his fearlessness, in his clear writing (which is partly a product of his honesty and fearlessness) and in his affirmation of common life and ordinary people.
He is remembered for Animal Farm and 1984, but his essays and journalism are just as interesting.
He was a radical, but not the kind of radical who, like George Bernard Shaw, wanted to re-engineer human life into something unrecognizable, while leaving existing concentrations of wealth and power undisturbed.
Here is a passage from The Road to Wigan Pier, which is about the lives of unemployed coal miners…
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