And in the end...
No I haven't but I've just looked it up, not poles apart from Orwell's experience in Homage. Thank you for the recommendation BF Brad it looks great.:)
So far I think Down and Out is my favorite of his books, though I would like to read Animal Farm and 1984 again as I haven't read them in about 10 years since high school when they were assigned reading. They made a great impression on me at that time, but today all I remember are some of the neologisms from 1984. My Orwell phase ended just after I got back from a trip to England this past spring. I struggled to finish one of his lesser known works, A Clergyman's Daughter, which was sort of a mess. He was probably reading too many modernists and felt as if he needed to catch up with them. I wasn't interested in continuing with the novel that came after that one because it is supposed to be similar while The Road To Wiggan Pier or whatever it's called seems as if it would be a sort of Down and Out Pt. II. However, maybe the experimentation in Clergyman was what helped motivate him to move from the realism of his earliest works to the great allegory and speculative fiction in Animal Farm and 1984. I'm sure there's some criticism on that subject. It's too bad he didn't live a little longer to see how popular his books became."Down and Out" is one of my favourite books of his. "Homage to Catalunya" is great too!
Hello fellow Orwell fan!:)
I liked Homage better than Burmese Days, the events of it interested me more. Yes I agree, his writing is beautiful, spare and direct but descriptive too, not thin and meagre.
As to his politics, it's strange that he is regarded by many in the U.S as a libertarian because of his anti totalitarianism, certainly he left Spain in despair at the mess of the left with the different factions and pursued by the communists who were determined to wipe out the Puom militia (which he joined, slightly in the dark about all the in fighting).But he left as a more committed socialist.
I think he was always a loner. The left wing intellectuals in 1930's Britain when it was very fashionable to be so, supressed/ignored his work as he struggled to get Homage and subsequent Animal Farm published because of the uneqiuvecal and unambiguous anti Stalinist standpoint, many of his peers/ publishers etc. on the left chose to ignore the atrocicities of the regime.
One of my favourite books is a hardback copy I was given of Animal Farm 1995 edition, beautifully illustrated by Ralph Steadman I'd recommend it. At the back is the propsed preface to it, that was left out of the original printing, called Freedom of the Press, which goes some way to explain why he struggled to get published.:D.
I suppose you could call them idiosynchratic even when it cut into his own political beliefs, he didn't tailor the truth to fit in. To his core he was egalitarian, anti elitist, anti privilige.His politics are pretty idiosyncratic for the time, aren't they? Is there anyone else from that period who is even comparable?...] [... people who label Orwell as a "conservative" thinker? What do they even mean by that?
Yes and no... but mostly no for me. You named some of his left wing peers, both Spender and Auden went to Spain too and witnessed the Stalinists betrayal of the republic, Auden recognised later that Orwell spoke out about the morphing of communism into totalitarianism. But Arthur Koestler did that too (he was also in Spain and imprisoned) with his novel Darkness At Noon - and other work of his ( that I haven't read!)Is there anyone else from that period who is even comparable? It seems as if most of the heavyweights from the period such as Lawrence, Eliot, Pound, etc. were on the far-right and then you had the Boy Scouts (as Joyce called them) Auden, Spender, and such cheering on Stalin.
I have come across this word, used in this context, before and it sounds like the word refers to the act of going to the bar but does it imply that the characters in the story are in some state of disrepair (thirsty? tired?) beforehand?In Anderson the Storyteller Miller used a term that I've never heard before: "We repaired to a bar nearby..."
I didn't know that you can repair to a bar. Sounds funny.
I wish I could accompany you on that trip, in the hope of some free drinks at the distillery :wb:.I will to go back and maybe rent Barnhill too
To be honest, I've never cared too much about T.Mann's life and work, I didn't even know that he had a house in Los Angeles. But there's one book of him which I read with great pleasure, I think it was his last one: Confessions of Felix Krull.have you seen this about Thomas Mann's house in Los Angeles?
Yup, it's hard to please people in these parts.I didn't put all of this is one post because I knew people would complain that it was too long if I did it in one post. I'm sure some people will complain that I did multiple posts.
Just throw in a heap of YouTube screens (of your favo(u)rite movie moments, stuff you're listening to and so on) and you'll be there in no time.I'm trying to increase my stats because I haven't posted in so long.
:pI'm looking forward to the ever present insults from mjp.