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George Orwell's doublethink

The writer was consistently inconsistent in his political views — and was no fun at all, says Robert Colls in English Rebel

26 October 2013

9:00 AM

26 October 2013

9:00 AM

George Orwell: English Rebel Robert Colls

OUP, pp.304, £25

This is the most sensible and systematic interpretation of George Orwell’s books that I have ever read. It generously acknowledges the true stature of the great works — most notably, Animal Farm, Down and Out in Paris and London and The Road to Wigan Pier. It rightly sees the second world war as having brought forth some of Orwell’s finest writing.

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