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A Good Place To Start

Animal Farm 6
1984 5
Down and Out in Paris and London 1

A Bad Place To Start

1984 1
Down and Out in Paris and London 1
Keep The Aspidistra Flying 1


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Categorization is odious. There is tremendous overlap among genres. These pigeonholes are offered only as a convenience.

George Orwell

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LilyB January 27th, 2006 10:04 AM PST

Many people have turned away from Orwell because they were force-fed "1984" or "Animal Farm" in school. A better place to start might be with earlier works like "Down and Out in Paris and London," (1933) a gritty, colorful account of his struggles to survive in menial jobs as a young man. And his little-known early novels, like "Coming Up for Air," are graceful portraits of life in England between the wars, with no talking animals in sight.

lemuel January 29th, 2006 01:26 PM PST

1984 and Animal Farm are the standard Orwell books to read, but they are actually both pretty good. It has been a number of years but it may be time for me to reread 1984.


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