Facing Unpleasant Facts

Facing Unpleasant Facts

George Orwell


George Orwell was once in the beginning 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 used to be as ordinary for Orwell to suggest, generalize, qualify, argue, judge--in brief, to think--as it was once for Yeats to versify or Dickens to invent."

Facing disagreeable evidence 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. even if detailing the horrors of Orwell's boyhood in an English boarding institution or bringing to lifestyles the attractions, sounds, and scents of the Spanish Civil struggle, those essays weave jointly the non-public and the political in an unmistakable kind that's straight away plainspoken and brilliantly complicated.

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