16. Why Orwell Matters by Christopher Hitchens

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16. Why Orwell Matters by Christopher Hitchens

Post  galactic_dev on Fri Jan 01, 2010 7:02 pm

This is the most disappointing Hitchens book I've read, especially considering its promising subject. But there was almost no coherent biography (or biographical summary) of Orwell's life, almost no real overview of his writings, and almost no samples of Orwell's best writing samples. Instead, you get vague chapters like "Orwell and the Right" and "Orwell and the Left" where Hitchens evaluates various writers' critiques of Orwell, which feels like inside baseball that would only be really useful to someone who had already read everything Orwell has written.

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Re: 16. Why Orwell Matters by Christopher Hitchens

Post  Patguy on Fri Jan 01, 2010 11:17 pm

Huh. To me it was fascinating, and inspired me to read Orwell's essays. YMMV, I guess.

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