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Reads tagged with “George Orwell”

Christopher Hitchens on Animal Rights, Our Human Hubris, and the Lesser Appreciated Moral of George Orwell’s “Animal Farm”
Christopher Hitchens on Animal Rights, Our Human Hubris, and the Lesser Appreciated Moral of George Orwell’s “Animal Farm”

“All animals are equal but some animals are more equal than others.”

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Haunting Illustrations for Orwell’s ‘Nineteen Eighty-Four,’ Introduced by the Courageous Journalist Who Broke the Edward Snowden Story
Haunting Illustrations for Orwell’s ‘Nineteen Eighty-Four,’ Introduced by the Courageous Journalist Who Broke the Edward Snowden Story

“It was a bright cold day in April, and the clocks were striking thirteen.”

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George Orwell on Money, Taxes, the Government, and the Real Measure of Patriotism
George Orwell on Money, Taxes, the Government, and the Real Measure of Patriotism

“Towards the government I feel no scruples and would dodge paying the tax if I could. Yet I would give my life for England readily enough, if I thought it necessary.”

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George Orwell’s Dessert Recipes
George Orwell’s Dessert Recipes

Sugar and spice and a respite of nice amidst hardship.

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The Freedom of the Press: George Orwell on the Media’s Toxic Self-Censorship
The Freedom of the Press: George Orwell on the Media’s Toxic Self-Censorship

“The enemy is the gramophone mind, whether or not one agrees with the record that is being played at the moment.”

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The One That Got Away: The Bittersweet Story of George Orwell and His Childhood Sweetheart
The One That Got Away: The Bittersweet Story of George Orwell and His Childhood Sweetheart

“It took me literally years to realise that we are all imperfect creatures but that Eric was less imperfect than anyone else I ever met.”

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George Orwell on Writing and the Four Questions Great Writers Must Ask Themselves
George Orwell on Writing and the Four Questions Great Writers Must Ask Themselves

“By using stale metaphors, similes and idioms, you save much mental effort, at the cost of leaving your meaning vague, not only for your reader but for yourself.”

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George Orwell’s “Animal Farm” Illustrated by Ralph Steadman
George Orwell’s “Animal Farm” Illustrated by Ralph Steadman

“I do not wish to comment on the work; if it does not speak for itself, it is a failure.”

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George Orwell, Feminist: The Beloved Author on Gender Equality in Work and Housework
George Orwell, Feminist: The Beloved Author on Gender Equality in Work and Housework

“The position now-a-days is anomalous. The man is practically always out of work, whereas the woman occasionally is working. Yet the woman continues to do all the housework.”

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BBC’s The Beauty of Books: Penguin, Orwell, and the Paperback Cover Design Revolution
BBC’s The Beauty of Books: Penguin, Orwell, and the Paperback Cover Design Revolution

“The book is still the most intelligent and interactive data retrieval system which has been devised.”

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