Great Ideas Why I Write

Mass Market Paperback | February 1, 2005

byGeorge Orwell

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Whether puncturing the lies of politicians, wittily dissecting the English character or telling unpalatable truths about war, Orwell's timeless, uncompromising essays are more relevant, entertaining and essential than ever in today's era of spin.

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Whether puncturing the lies of politicians, wittily dissecting the English character or telling unpalatable truths about war, Orwell's timeless, uncompromising essays are more relevant, entertaining and essential than ever in today's era of spin.

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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, p...

Eric Arthur Blair (1903-1950), better known by his pen-name, George Orwell, was born in India, where his father worked for the Civil Service. An author and journalist, Orwell was one of the most prominent and influential figures in twentieth-century literature. His unique political allegory Animal Farm was published in 1945, and it was...

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Format:Mass Market PaperbackDimensions:144 pages, 7.1 × 4.3 × 0.3 inPublished:February 1, 2005Publisher:Penguin UkLanguage:English

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ISBN - 13:9780141019000

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Thinkers, Writers, Readers, Teachers and Politicians should read this. Thinkers, Writers, Readers, Teachers and Politicians should read this. And everyone else who says reflecting on our language is important. George Orwell's writing in this book is a little puffed-up but he gets the reader thinking. The first and last chapters are the best. The middle bits are a little politica but still interesting. (I don't have a lot of political knowledge but I read the middle bits. And found them interesting and a bit dry at times.) This is definitely a book i want to keep referring back to for writing ideas. He also yells at us English users for puffing- up our language and taking the meaning out of it. We use pompous words and phrases that come automatically to our mind. He advises us to become aware of it and try to use more meaningful phrases that require us to think about our thoughts. He says to create metaphors instead of mindlessly setting out old ones like an assembly line. He even gives 6 rules us writers can follow. I've learned these in high school but back then, I didn't think deeply about them nor care. It's a handy review of writing dos and don'ts. His book also kind-of explains why 'crazy' people clip out phrases from newspapers and examine them. Just don't take the ideas in his book that far! I don't think you have to read his 1984 to enjoy this book. But if you like 1984, you've got to read this one!
Date published: 2016-11-20
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Dissapointing The first half dozen pages are about George Orwell and his growing up, and wanting to become a writer. After that, it has nothing to do with why he writes. A third of the hundred or so pages is all about England, and English politics. I was hoping for more really. I think the book should be renamed. Why I Write About Politics. I was really disappointed with this.
Date published: 2015-11-22