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Orwell your Orwell : a worldview on the slab

Author: David Ramsay Steele
Publisher: South Bend, Indiana : St. Augustine's Press, [2017] ©2017
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"To those who think they know what George Orwell is all about, this book unpacks surprise after surprise. Orwell Your Orwell reveals an Orwell very different from the one most people think of. It gives an unexpected yet convincing picture of Orwell's beliefs, every key point precisely documented. Orwell adopted a habitual rhetoric in which he portrayed himself as a lone, embattled dissident. But objectively  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
Named Person: George Orwell; George Orwell; George Orwell
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: David Ramsay Steele
ISBN: 9781587316104 1587316102
OCLC Number: 1011417212
Description: xxxiv, 374 Seiten
Responsibility: David Ramsay Steele.

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"To those who think they know what George Orwell is all about, this book unpacks surprise after surprise. Orwell Your Orwell reveals an Orwell very different from the one most people think of. It gives an unexpected yet convincing picture of Orwell's beliefs, every key point precisely documented. Orwell adopted a habitual rhetoric in which he portrayed himself as a lone, embattled dissident. But objectively examined, his opinions broadly corresponded with those of conventional leftwing thinking. Far from being skeptical of prevailing orthodoxies, Orwell emerges as a True Believer in the orthodoxies of the 1930s Left, though a believer who sharply drew attention to some of the serious problems with these ideologies. In his short life, Orwell underwent several dramatic conversions - such as his overnight switch in August 1939 from being fiercely anti-war to enthusiastically pro-war - while cleaving to some fixed positions - such as his opposition to the British Empire, totalitarianism, and birth control. Dr. Steele identifies both the conversions and the continuities, as well as some aspects of his thought which gradually evolved. As well as recovering Orwell's actual beliefs from the many accumulated misrepresentations, Dr. Steele also criticizes some of these beliefs, exposing the fallacies in Orwell's thinking on such issues as the economics of imperialism, the dangers of hedonism, the significance of the Spanish Civil War, and the efficacy of mind control." ...

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