#161 What I learnt from Orwell’s essays (3)

Following straight on from last week’s post: Despite the awful experience in his school years from those who believed they were teaching gospel truths, Orwell was still able to see some of the liberties within Christianity. In his essay, Politics versus Literature Orwell explores Swift’s Gulliver’s Travels and if you haven’t read that novel, then …

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#160 What I learnt from Orwell’s essays (2)

Having recently read some of Orwell’s essays, I’m again in this post reflecting on some points that he covers that are worthy of consideration, aligned with the aims of this blog. One lengthy essay Orwell wrote entitled Such, such were the joys explores the anything but joyous experience he had at St Cyprian’s in the …

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#159 What I learnt from Orwell’s essays (1)

I recently discovered that Orwell Day has been celebrated every year since 2013 on January 21st. This is the date of Orwell’s death at age 46, from tuberculosis. Considering this, here’s a collection of posts on some ideas in a few of Orwell’s essays. I feel he has a lot to say to contemporary culture. …

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#157 2021 Reading List #win

Hello 2022, how are you? Well, time will tell on that one. My apologies for beginning the year of blog posts with such unfashionable rhyming. As usual at this time of year, I run through the books I've read (or finished) in the past twelve months. Unusually, however, I actually cracked my #yearlyreadinggoal and read …

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