Shooting an Elephant: And Other EssaysPaperback
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- Publisher: PENGUIN CLASSICS
- Format: Paperback | 400 pages
- Dimensions: 126mm x 196mm x 26mm | 360g
- Publication date: 5 June 2003
- Publication City/Country: London
- ISBN 10: 0141187395
- ISBN 13: 9780141187396
- Sales rank: 34,821
A collection of witty and incisive non-fiction from the author of Nineteen Eighty-Four, George Orwell's Shooting an Elephant includes an introduction by Jeremy Paxman in Penguin Modern Classics. 'Shooting an Elephant' is Orwell's searing and painfully honest account of his experience as a police officer in imperial Burma; killing an escaped elephant in front of a crowd 'solely to avoid looking a fool'. The other masterly essays in this collection include classics such as 'My Country Right or Left', 'How the Poor Die' and 'Such, Such were the Joys', his memoir of the horrors of public school, as well as discussions of Shakespeare, sleeping rough, boys' weeklies and a spirited defence of English cooking. Opinionated, uncompromising, provocative and hugely entertaining, all show Orwell's unique ability to get to the heart of any subject. If you enjoyed Shooting an Elephant you might like Orwell's Essays, also available in Penguin Modern Classics. "A writer who is still vividly contemporary...Orwell told the truth." (Christopher Hitchens).
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Eric Arthur Blair (George Orwell) was born in India in 1903. He was educated at Eton, served with the Indian Imperial Police in Burma, and worked in Britain as a private tutor, schoolteacher, bookshop assistant and journalist. In 1936, Orwell went to fight for the Republicans in the Spanish Civil War and was wounded. In 1938 he was admitted into a sanatorium and from then on was never fully fit. George Orwell died in London in 1950. Jeremy Paxman is a journalist, best known for his work presenting Newsnight and University Challenge. His books include Friends in High Places, The English and The Political Animal. He lives in Oxfordshire.
Table of contents
Why I write; the spike; a hanging; shooting an elephant; bookshop memories; Charles Dickens; boy's weeklies; my country right or left; looking back on the Spanish War; n defense of English cooking; good bad books; the sporting spirit; nonsense poetry; the prevention of literature; books versus cigarettes; decline of the English murder; some thoughts on the common toad; confessions of a book reviewer; politics versus literature - an examination of "Gulliver's Travels"; how the poor die; such, such were the joys; reflections on Gandhi.