George Orwell Collected Poems

A little poem A happy vicar I might have been Two hundred years ago To preach upon eternal doom And watch my walnuts grow; But born, alas, in an evil time, I missed that pleasant haven, For the hair has grown on my upper lip And the clergy are all clean-shaven. And later still the … Continue reading George Orwell Collected Poems

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All the things that bothered Napoleon in Animal Farm (George Orwell)

If you haven't done so already, have a look at our full and complete Animal Farm text zone here: The Animal Farm (Complete – Part 1) George Orwell The Animal Farm (Complete – Part 2) – George Orwell The Animal Farm (Complete – Part 3) – George Orwell The Animal Farm (Complete – Last Chapter) … Continue reading All the things that bothered Napoleon in Animal Farm (George Orwell)

Homage to Catalonia * George Orwell

After passing through the futuristic dystopian and totalitarian society presented in 1984, I decided to give one of George Orwell's classics a go: Homage to Catalonia. Written in the form of an autobiographical novel, Orwell presents his days in the Spanish army, their unpreparedness and their fall into the hands of the Communists influences coming from … Continue reading Homage to Catalonia * George Orwell

George Orwell’s 1984 is now a massive hit in the book stores again.

Funny how a book about a dystopian society where the state controls how people should feel and think is hitting the book stores following Donald Trump's election to the White House seat. Sales: As of Friday, the best-selling book on Amazon. Since Donald Trump's inauguration, sales have increased by 9,500%, according to American publishers Signet … Continue reading George Orwell’s 1984 is now a massive hit in the book stores again.

Who controls the past controls the future: who controls the present controls the past

'"Who controls the present controls the past,"' said O'Brien, nodding his head with slow approval. 'Is it your opinion, Winston, that the past has real existence?' Again the feeling of helplessness descended upon Winston. His eyes flitted towards the dial. He not only did not know whether 'yes' or 'no' was the answer that would … Continue reading Who controls the past controls the future: who controls the present controls the past

1984 * George Orwell’s vision on a Big Brother state

WAR IS PEACE FREEDOM IS SLAVERY IGNORANCE IS STRENGTH So goes the motto of the Party in Oceania, governed by only four ministries: The Ministry of Truth, which concerned itself with news, entertainment, education, and the fine arts. The Ministry of Peace, which concerned itself with war. The Ministry of Love, which maintained law and … Continue reading 1984 * George Orwell’s vision on a Big Brother state

1984 Excerpt about the Inquisition and Persecution

The first thing for you to understand is that in this place there are no martyrdoms. You have read of the religious persecutions of the past. In the Middle Ages there was the Inquisition. It was a failure. It set out to eradicate heresy, and ended by perpetuating it. For every heretic it burned at … Continue reading 1984 Excerpt about the Inquisition and Persecution

George Orwell – A clergyman’s daughter

Imagine life in rural England in the 1930's from the perspective of a single woman approaching mid-life. Dorothy is such a woman, an active member and leader of the Sunday School, the Girl Guides, the Band of Hope and the Companionship of Marriage as well as attending the Mothers’ Union. Her day is filled completely … Continue reading George Orwell – A clergyman’s daughter

A brave new world vs 1984

In the latter half of the twentieth century, two visionary books cast their shadows over our futures. One was George Orwell’s memory hole and the torture palace called the Ministry of Love, and the discouraging spectacle of a boot grinding into the human face forever. The other was Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World (1932), which … Continue reading A brave new world vs 1984

1984 – George Orwell

One of Britain's most popular novels, George Orwell's dystopian tale Nineteen Eighty-Four is set in a society terrorized by a totalitarian ideology propagated by The Party. Eric Arthur Blair was an important English writer that you probably already know by the pseudonym of George Orwell. He wrote quite a few books, but many believe that … Continue reading 1984 – George Orwell