Facing Unpleasant Facts

Facing Unpleasant Facts

George Orwell

George Orwell used to be at first an essayist, producing all through his lifestyles a rare array of brief nonfiction that reflected--and illuminated--the fraught occasions within which he lived. "As quickly as he started to write something," reviews George Packer in his foreword, "it was once as typical for Orwell to suggest, generalize, qualify, argue, judge--in brief, to think--as it used to be for Yeats to versify or Dickens to invent."

Facing disagreeable proof charts Orwell's improvement as a grasp of the narrative-essay shape and unites such classics as "Shooting an Elephant" with lesser-known journalism and passages from his wartime diary. no matter if detailing the horrors of Orwell's boyhood in an English boarding tuition or bringing to lifestyles the attractions, sounds, and scents of the Spanish Civil warfare, those essays weave jointly the non-public and the political in an unmistakable variety that's immediately plainspoken and brilliantly advanced.

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