1984 (Science Fiction)
Winston Smith is an average forty something man living and working in a totalitarian system where each and every person (except for the poor folk, aka proles) live under, and are constantly watched by Big Brother a symbol of fear and respect. Children are evil little brats who spy and tell on dissenters, who are then sent to the Ministry of Love for reeducation.
Smith questions and ponders his society and is rewarded by meeting up with a young girl ca... 1984 (Literature)
This is the story of the down trodden and destinctly average Winston Smith who lives in post war London, although Britain has been renamed Air Strip One and London is never specifically mentioned there are refrences to famous buildings and landmarks so the reader is clear where the story takes place. Winston lives in an era where all technology has been focused on either the improvement of weapons to fight the 'continuous war' or put to use in the consta... A Clergyman's Daughter
Dorothy Hare, only child of the rector in a small Suffolk village, is an obedient assistant to her unfeeling, humourless widowed father. Most of her time is spent keeping his creditors at bay, and helping local charities. Her only friend is the incorrigible Mr Warburton, who knows the whole village is talking about him behind his back, and doesn't care. After she dines with him alone one evening, he walks her back home, and tries to kiss her goodbye but ... Animal Farm
In its first reading, Animal Farm seems like a story with animals that can speak, read, think and communicate with each other but there are hidden meanings and metaphors throughout the book. The story starts in an English farm, “Manor Farm” with a Mr Jones as the owner. One day, the oldest and wisest animal on the farm, a boar, tells his fellow animals about his dream. His dream was to establish Animalism on earth with animals taking care of themselves a...
Burmese Days is the presumably semi-autobiographical story of John Flory, a British expatriate with a disfiguring facial birthmark who oversees timber camps in remote Kyauktada, Burma. Flory is a weak and lonely man who retreats to the European Club for drink and the questionable companionship of the other expatriates who share his outpost. Flory befriends a native doctor, Veriswami, who is vying with the novel's villain, U Po Kyin, for admission to the ... Coming Up For Air
'Coming up for air' is a book about George Bowling, a middle-aged insurance salesman, and how he escapes work, family responsibilities and the downcast pre-World War II atmosphere of London to take a vacation in Lower Binfield, the village where he grew up. However, not all goes to plan for this seemingly average individual who simply cannot evade the events of the day. Overall, a comical novel that the author, George Orwell, was highly praised for. ... Down and Out in Paris and London
George Orwell, from a respectable family and Eton educated, served in the British Imperial Police. In the late 1920's he gave it up to do a sort of deep cover investigative journalism, documenting life at the bottom of the heap in Paris and London. To seem poor he had to become genuinely poor, and so this adventure turned into one of the more unusual literary autobiographies that we have.
The characters he meets are captured very vividly, genuine dow... Homage to Catalonia
Spain in 1936 was a stage that the world observed as Fascism and Communism, Capitalism and Anarchism struggled for control in the secularly divided Spain. In the midst of this in the historic town of Barcelona a little known writer by the name of Eric Blair known the world round as George Orwell came to Spain to report on the war and in the ensuing frenzy of the worker controlled territory of Catalonia he joined a militia.
The significance of this wor...