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The Complete Novels of George Orwell (1976)

por George Orwell

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Described by Anthony Burgess as 'the best-loved of all twentieth-century British writers', George Orwell still has as much power to move, amuse and provoke today. His best known novels, Animal Farm and Nineteen Eighty-Four,are two of the most famous, well-quoted and influential political satires ever written. The other novels here are also concerned with individuals at odds with repressive institutions- the corrupt imperialism of Burmese Days,disaffection with materialistic society in Keep the Aspidistra Flying,the perils of modern suburban living in Coming up for Airand the down and out girl in A Clergyman's Daughter.They all display Orwell's deep understanding of human nature, his biting humour and great compassion.… (mais)
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I studied Animal Farm for my Eng.Lit. GCSE exams, along with MacBeth; my idea of revision was to read both of them five times. This worked reasonably well as I got a B grade. There was an unfortunate side-effect, however; despite liking both I was, after the exams, unable to touch a copy of either without getting the shakes. Fast forward more than 20 years and a discussion here at Goodreads regarding whether Squealer was a "subtle" (ab)user of language prompts me to finally pick up Animal Farm once more.

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GR Bonus: Have the GR management read this? Do they realise it's satire not an instruction manual?
  Arbieroo | Jul 17, 2020 |
COMING UP FOR AIR:
George Bowling is in his forties, fat, works as in insurance inspector for the Flying Salamander, and ives in the suburbs with a wife and two kids. He is, in pretty much every respect, an ordinary lower-middle-class Londoner of the thirties. He wasn’t always, of course. He was born and grew up in a small Thames Valley village, the son of a seed merchant whose business is failing. He leaves school early and goes to work for a local grocer. And then war is declared, and George signs up. He finishes the war as a commissioned officer, which is enough to lift his ambitions above a grocer’s shop. He is, he admits, one of many men who survived the Great War and whose experiences were enough to lift them from working class to the lower rungs of middle class. All this is told to the reader by George in evocative and surprisingly chatty prose – his childhood in Lower Binfield, his aspirations, his current mid-life crisis… And it’s the latter which persuades him to return to Lower Binfield for a visit after twenty-five years away. Naturally, what he finds is not the bucolic village of the turn of the century that he remembers. I took this book with me to Bloodstock, something to read when I needed an occasional time-out from the metal and the beer, and when I started it I wondered if I’d picked a wrong ‘un. The only Orwell I’d read previously was Nineteen Eighty-Four and Animal Farm, his two most famous works – and Coming Up for Air‘s chatty first-person narrative is nothing like those. But the more I read, the more I found myself fascinated by George Bowling and his life. Orwell paints a picture of a life that is as foreign to me because of the time it’s set as it is because Bowling grew up in a small agricultural village in southern England (ie, not the industrial north). I enjoyed Coming Up for Air a lot more than I’d expected to, and found it a much better book than I’d anticipated. Worth reading. ( )
  iansales | Aug 21, 2016 |
bought for L.
Started Burmese Days last night. ( )
  velvetink | Mar 31, 2013 |
Contém os romances:

Animal Farm
Burmese Days
A Clergyman's Daughter
Coming up for Air
Keep the Aspidistra Flying
Nineteen Eighty-Four
  ltrevas | Nov 29, 2012 |
George Orwell is the writer that has through his novels, given me enormous insight into my every day life and the society around me. Although his setting is pre-war and post-war Europe, mainly England, he nevertheless seems to reach out to our modern world and strkes a resonating chord. I have read 1984 twice already, I will probably read it a thrid time. But his other novels are equally insightful. It does seem he is a writer who has lived some of what he writes. His books have had a profound influence in my life and have made me see things differently...the modern world in which we live in, is unfortunately a distorted version of 1984..and big brother is a less subtle figurehead than the powers that control our every day actions today.

I recommend his works to everyone.. ( )
  schtroumpf | Aug 19, 2010 |
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Described by Anthony Burgess as 'the best-loved of all twentieth-century British writers', George Orwell still has as much power to move, amuse and provoke today. His best known novels, Animal Farm and Nineteen Eighty-Four,are two of the most famous, well-quoted and influential political satires ever written. The other novels here are also concerned with individuals at odds with repressive institutions- the corrupt imperialism of Burmese Days,disaffection with materialistic society in Keep the Aspidistra Flying,the perils of modern suburban living in Coming up for Airand the down and out girl in A Clergyman's Daughter.They all display Orwell's deep understanding of human nature, his biting humour and great compassion.

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