Friday, April 27, 2007

Links: Orwell and "1984"

As you might expect, there's a lot of material on the web about George Orwell and his classic novel 1984. Over the next week, I'll pass on some sites that I've found provocative, amusing, illuminating, etc. And please feel free to share any that you come across. Here's my first website recommendation:

George Orwell, The Chestnut Tree Cafe
There are several good articles and essays on Orwell's life and work at this site. Here's two I liked:
George Orwell
by Landon Y. Jones
People Weekly, Jan 9, 1984

He had big feet. His size-12 boots had to be handmade, and George Orwell was sometimes forced to order them from friends in America. A soldier who met him in the trenches during the Spanish Civil War was astounded: He'd "never seen boots that were so large, clogged in mud"... Link
Democracy Sabotaged by Shoddy Speech
by Sanford Pinsker
Insight on the News, 21 Oct 1996

All issues are political issues," George Orwell declared with the same no-nonsense clarity he brought to nearly every sentence he crafted during a long career at the writing desk. And with this large generalization on the table, he went on to make clear just how debased most political writing had become: "Politics itself is a mass of lies, evasions, folly, hatred, and schizophrenia." Link
Thanks to superlibrarian Taryn for helping me with this Internet research!

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