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  • Paperback: 928 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Classic (Feb. 1 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0141185155
  • ISBN-13: 978-0141185156
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 4 x 19.7 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 540 g
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #766,328 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'Orwell described the compromised lives we recognize as our own' - Andrew Motion, Observer 'A writer who can -- and must -- be rediscovered with every age' Irish Times --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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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.

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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Martin Hamel on Feb. 26 2013
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Orwell's novels never get old and with this book, you have them all. The perfect book to bring along on vacations for hours of good reading!
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A must-have for any Orwellian July 26 2008
By MarkK - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
George Orwell ranks as one of the great English-language authors of the twentieth century. Born to a middle-class family, he went from Eton to policing in Burma, washing dishes in Paris, and fighting in the Spanish Civil War. The experiences of his life became the inspiration for essays, articles, and nine books, the final two of which - Animal Farm (Everyman's Library (Cloth)) and Nineteen Eighty-Four - are among the greatest novels ever written. This collection, the fruit of nearly two decades of editorial labor by Peter Davison, brings together nearly every word Orwell ever wrote: books, letters, reviews, radio broadcasts, diaries, and much more, as well as correspondence from others. Presented in twenty volumes, they are organized as follows:

NOVELS:
Volume 1: Down and Out in Paris and London
Volume 2: Burmese Days
Volume 3: A Clergyman's Daughter
Volume 4: Keep the Aspidistra Flying
Volume 5: The Road to Wigan Pier
Volume 6: Homage to Catalonia
Volume 7: Coming Up for Air
Volume 8: Animal Farm
Volume 9: Nineteen Eighty-Four

OTHER WRITINGS:
Volume 10: A Kind of Compulsion (1903-36)
Volume 11: Facing Unpleasant Facts (1937-39)
Volume 12: A Patriot After All (1940-41)
Volume 13: All Propaganda is Lies (1941-42)
Volume 14: Keeping Our Little Corner Clean (1942-43)
Volume 15: Two Wasted Years (1943)
Volume 16: I Have Tried to Tell the Truth (1943-44)
Volume 17: I Belong to the Left (1945)
Volume 18: Smothered Under Journalism (1946)
Volume 19: It is What I Think (1947-48)
Volume 20: Our Job is to Make Life Worth Living (1949-50)

The set at whole is a magnificent achievement. With each of the novels Davison has removed the multitude of changes made by successive editors and restored the text to what Orwell had originally written. His other works allow readers to examine Orwell's life and the evolution of his writing, as well as how he mined his life for the details of some of his most memorable passages. Combined they make this set a literary monument to one of the most influential writers in history and a must-have for any fan of Orwell's work.
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
One World? May 11 2002
By John Couch - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Since each of Orwell's books have sufficient reviews (raves), I won't bore you with repetition.
I was suprised that this compilation (officially called "The Complete Novels") is not officially available on Amazon.com. If you'd like a single book with "all" of Orwell's novels, it is available via the Amazon.co.UK site. Nothing fancy, just the stories. The only drawback is that the print font is smaller than in most books. For most, this will not be a problem, though.
Be careful: although called "The Complete Novels", it doesn't include "Down and Out in Paris and London" or a couple of his other books. Maybe they weren't considered novels.
6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Due For A Reassessment? March 7 2010
By cvairag - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Is there any doubt? The most important 20th Century man of letters in English - fiction, essays, journalism, belles lettres, name it - the weight, relevance, passion, and scope of his work is unparalleled, unrivaled - and accessible even to schoolchildren - most of whom, in America, read Animal Farm before graduating Junior High.
In this Orwellian nightmare we sojourn, Big Brother is watching us by way of the NSA, Interpol, CIA, Mossad, or whoever, and whatever option from the arsonal of methods at their disposal the intelligence community may choose to employ to make short work of our effete and generally furtive attempts at a semblance of privacy, and the derivative, "doublespeak" (descended or referring to Oceania's "newspeak") is the talk of the town in a day when our public officials do not lie to us but rather "mispeak".
Like Thoreau, whom he much parallels in the heart of that incomparable masterpiece, Homage To Catalonia, he died young (1903-1950) - but packed a staggering measure of life into an ourvre as essential as it is substantial - and real, in the deepest sense of the word.
Another big plus is that these books are solid as and built like Big Ben itself, for many hours of enjoyment and/or insight, hopefully both, by the legendary publishing house, Secker & Warburg, in 1980. By that hour, I would assume, they had come to the realization that Orwell had been their greatest find.
The false flag mass murders of 9/11 prove that Orwell's terrible prophesy has come to pass after all. Nov. 9 2014
By Laura B. - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
The following was written by Winston Churchill and published in the "Illustrated Sunday Herald" on February 8, 1920.

"In violent opposition to all this sphere of Jewish effort rise the schemes of the International Jews. The adherents of this sinister confederacy are mostly men reared up among the unhappy populations of countries where the Jews are persecuted on account of their race. Most, if not all, of them have forsaken the faith of their forefathers and divorced from their minds all spiritual hopes of the next world. This movement among the Jews is not new. From the days of Spartacus-Weishaupt to those of Karl Marx, and down to Trotsky (Russia), Bela Kun (Hungary), Rosa Luxembourg (Germany), and Emma Goldman (United States), this world-wide conspiracy for the overthrow of civilization and for the reconstitution of society on the basis of arrested development, of envious malevolence, and impossible equality, has been steadily growing...and now at last this band of extraordinary personalities from the underworld of the great cities of Europe and America have gripped the Russian people by the hair of their heads and have become practically the undisputed masters of that enormous empire.

There is no need to exaggerate the part played in the creation of Bolshevism and in the actual bringing about of the Russian Revolution by these international and for the most part atheistic Jews..."

Google Orwell could not have been unaware of this.
I'll give you one guess who the pigs are in "Animal Farm."

"History doesn't repeat itself, but it does rhyme."
-Mark Twain

Orwell was more right than you know.

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Superb Collection April 10 2014
By gibraltar-british-zone - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
I was only going to buy "1984" but then I thought that I would like to read "Animal Farm" too. That is when I discovered the existence of this collection of all of Orwell's novels.
Three novels in particular, "A Clergyman's Daughter", "Coming Up For Air" and "Keep The Aspidistra Flying" show in great detail how much of a struggle life could be in the first half of the twentieth century and how easy we have it now in comparison. They made me think of how desperate it must have been to be poor in those days with no welfare state and only charity to keep one from starvation.
"Burmese Days" gives an insight into one of the colonies of the then British Empire and illustrates how we British exploited our overseas territories and their people.
I knew of the plot of "Animal Farm" but still found it a fascinating insight into the life cycle of communism and why it usually fails due to "some animals being more equal than others".
As with "Animal Farm" I also knew of the plot of "1984", having seen the film many years ago and having heard the Bowie songs "1984" and "Big Brother" many times but I still wanted to read the book. I think life described in the book is how it may have been if WW2 had gone the other way. I may now buy the DVD to see how the film compares to the book.
I am pleased that I bought this compilation as I have now read a further four good novels that I may never have read otherwise.

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