Facing Unpleasant Facts: Narrative Essays
Essays by the author of 1984 on topics from “remembrances of working in a bookshop [to] recollections of fighting in the Spanish Civil War” (Publishers Weekly).
George Orwell was first and foremost an essayist, producing throughout his life an extraordinary array of short nonfiction that reflected—and illuminated—the fraught times in which he lived. “As soon as he began to write something,” comments George Packer in his foreword, “it was as natural for Orwell to propose, generalize, qualify, argue, judge—in short, to think—as it was for Yeats to versify or Dickens to invent.”
Facing Unpleasant Facts charts Orwell’s development as a master of the narrative-essay form and unites such classics as “Shooting an Elephant” with lesser-known journalism and passages from his wartime diary. Whether detailing the horrors of Orwell’s boyhood in an English boarding school or bringing to life the sights, sounds, and smells of the Spanish Civil War, these essays weave together the personal and the political in an unmistakable style that is at once plainspoken and brilliantly complex.
“Best known for his late-career classics Animal Farm and 1984, George Orwell—who used his given name, Eric Blair, in the earliest pieces of this collection aimed at the aficionado as well as the general reader—was above all a polemicist of the first rank. Organized chronologically, from 1931 through the late 1940s, these in-your-face writings showcase the power of this literary form.” —Publishers Weekly, starred review
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I pretended, however, to be too drunk to give sensible answers, & he told them in
disgust to take me off to the cells, which they did. The cell was about the same
size as a Casual Ward cell (about 10 ft. by 5 ft. by 10 ft high), but much cleaner ...
At the police court they took me off and put me in a cell identical with the one at
Bethnal Green, even to having the same number of bricks in it—I counted in each
case. There were three men in the cell besides myself. One was a smartly ...
Several of the men used the W.C., which was disgusting in so small a cell,
especially as the plug did not work. The publican distributed his cigarettes
generously, the constable in the passage supplying lights. From time to time an
And they took me back and locked me in the cell from which I had come, about
ten minutes after I had left it. The publican had also been brought back, his case
having been postponed, and the Belgian youth, who, like me, could not pay his ...
We were waiting outside the condemned cells, a row of sheds fronted with
double bars, like small animal cages. Each cell measured about ten feet by ten
and was quite bare within except for a plank bed and a pot for drinking water. In
some of ...
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About his tramping days, George Orwell tells us in the opening essay of Facing Unpleasant Facts, “Already, at eight o’clock in the morning, we were bored…There was nothing to talk about except the ... Read full review
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The first of two volumes of the British author's essays, compiled by journalist George Packer.Orwell (1903-50) was no Flaubert closeted in aesthetic concentration. He was a vigorous participant in the ... Read full review
Revenge Is Sour
The Case for the Open Fire
The Sporting Spirit
In Defence of English Cooking
A Nice Cup of Tea
The Moon Under Water
In Front of Your Nose
Some Thoughts on the Common Toad
England Your England
Dear Doktor Goebbels Your British Friends are Feeding Fine
Looking Back on the Spanish War
As I Please 1
As I Please 2
As I Please 3
As I Please 16
A Good Word for the Vicar of Bray
Why I Write
How the Poor Die
Such Such Were the Joys