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Great Ideas Books V Cigarettes (Penguin Great Ideas) (edição 2008)

por George Orwell (Autor)

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Beginning with a dilemma about whether he spends more money on reading or smoking, George Orwell's entertaining and uncompromising essays go on to explore everything from the perils of second-hand bookshops to the dubious profession of being a critic, from freedom of the press to what patriotism really means.Throughout history, some books have changed the world. They have transformed the way we see ourselves - and each other. They have inspired debate, dissent, war and revolution. They have enlightened, outraged, provoked and comforted. They have enriched lives - and destroyed them. Now Penguin brings you the works of the great thinkers, pioneers, radicals and visionaries whose ideas shook civilization and helped make us who we are.… (mais)
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Título:Great Ideas Books V Cigarettes (Penguin Great Ideas)
Autores:George Orwell (Autor)
Informação:Penguin UK (2008), Edition: First Edition, 144 pages
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Only two of the seven chapters were really about books. The occasional publishing/printing error in the book made it feel as if a machine had mindlessly produced the book, randomly choosing essays from other works, and copying the text without any human editor to check the completed work. That said, Orwell's thoughts, experiences and ideas about the various happenings in his life were interesting and well conveyed. I would have preferred it if this book was a collection of his writings on just the books and bookshop experiences in his life, including some of his fictional bookshops. "...plenty of not quite certifiable lunatics walking the streets, and they tend to gravitate towards bookshops...". I was fascinated by his essay The Prevention of Literature: "The mere prevalence of certain ideas can spread like poison...". "..easy for a poet to keep away from dangerous subjects...even when he does utter them, they may escape notice." Orwell's description of primitive people composing verse communally through improvisation, and his ideas of the future: newspapers being superseded by television, novels superseded by film, low-grade fiction produced by machinery, imagination eliminated from the process of writing. All this under a totalitarian state. "Imagination...will not breed in captivity." ( )
  AChild | Feb 26, 2021 |
Even if you don't read the whole book. You must definitely read the essays - 'The Prevention of Literature' and 'My Country Right or Left'. ( )
  AshutoshKhedkar | Dec 22, 2020 |
Brilliant series of articles by Orwell full of first-hand experiential observations on social gaps in Europe. ( )
  ephemeral_future | Aug 20, 2020 |
There is no such thing as genuinely non-political literature, and least of all in an age like our own, when fears, hatreds, and loyalties of a directly political kind are near to the surface of everyone's consciousness.

O the timelessness of Orwell's words!

The first half dealt with Orwell's relationship with books, the written word, and politics, set out in that clear, logical way that any reader of Orwell is now familiar with. The second half was more emotional as it was a series of small portraits of Orwell's experiences at preparatory school. It dealt with the usual terribleness of English boarding schools of that early twentieth century period: the snobbery, the loneliness, the bullying, the corporal punishment, the favouritism of the upper class and the constant reminder to the scholarship students of their lower-class worthlessness.

There's nothing new presented here but it's worthwhile just to be swept along by Orwell's immensely readable and companionable prose. Makes me want to pick up the four-volume tome of Orwell's writing I got a while ago. ( )
  kitzyl | May 1, 2018 |
Orwell is brilliant. My favourite quote: “Political writing of our time consists almost entirely of prefabricated phrases bolted together like the pieces of a child’s Meccano set. It is the unavoidable result of self-censorship. To write in plain, vigorous language one has to think fearlessly, and if one thinks fearlessly one cannot be politically orthodox”. ( )
  madepercy | Nov 7, 2017 |
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Apart from provoking outrage and enlightenment, Orwell’s essays confront the dilemma of progress versus eternal issues of war and peace.
They remind us how far we have come when you read How the Poor Die, from 1946, when Orwell, sick as ever with TB, was admitted to Hôpital X in Paris, enduring a compulsory bath first, just as he would in prison or the workhouse.
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Beginning with a dilemma about whether he spends more money on reading or smoking, George Orwell's entertaining and uncompromising essays go on to explore everything from the perils of second-hand bookshops to the dubious profession of being a critic, from freedom of the press to what patriotism really means.Throughout history, some books have changed the world. They have transformed the way we see ourselves - and each other. They have inspired debate, dissent, war and revolution. They have enlightened, outraged, provoked and comforted. They have enriched lives - and destroyed them. Now Penguin brings you the works of the great thinkers, pioneers, radicals and visionaries whose ideas shook civilization and helped make us who we are.

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