HarperCollins is proud to present its incredible range of best-loved, essential classics. Winston Smith rewrites history. It''s his job. Hidden away in the Record Department of the sprawling Ministry of Truth, he helps the Party, and the omnipresent Big Brother, control the people of Oceania. Winston knows what a good citizen of Oceania must do: show his devotion for Big Brother and the Party; abstain from all vices; and, most importantly, possess no critical thoughts of their own. The new notebook he''s begun to write in is definitely against the rules - in fact, the Thought Police could arrest him simply for having it. Yet, as Winston begins to write his own history, a seed of rebellion begins to grow in his heart - one that could have devastating consequences. In George Orwell''s final and most well-known novel, he explores a dystopian future in which a totalitarian government controls the actions, thoughts and even emotions of its citizens, exercising power through control of language and history. Its lasting popularity is testament to Orwell''s powerful prose, and is a passionate political warning for today.
HarperCollins is proud to present its incredible range of best-loved, essential classics. The animals at Manor Farm have had enough of Farmer Jones - he''s drunk, he''s reckless and he cares little for the welfare of his animals. When Old Major, the old boar, calls a meeting, the animals are enthralled by his revolutionary plans, convinced that with the despot Jones overthrown, they can thrive on their own. However, soon after the farmer is banished from Manor Farm, the pigs begin to vie for control amongst themselves; the promised comforts never appear, no matter how hard they work; and their leaders begin to bear an uncanny resemblance to the very men they said they despised... George Orwell''s renowned fable became an instant success on publication after the Second World War. The novel has continued to captivate readers of all ages, and has secured Orwell''s position as one of the great writers of the twentieth century.
HarperCollins is proud to present its incredible range of best-loved, essential classics. I sometimes fear we shall never wake till we are jerked out of it by the roar of bombs In 1936, George Orwell volunteered as a soldier in the Spanish Civil War. In Homage to Catalonia, first published just before the outbreak of World War II, Orwell documents the chaos and bloodshed of that moment in history and the voices of those who fought against rising fascism. His experience of the civil war would spark a significant change in his own political views, that readers today will recognise in much his later literary work; a rage against the threat of totalitarianism and control.
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We walk about under a load of memories which we long to share and somehow never can.
John Flory, a white timber merchant in 1920s Burma, has unorthodox views. To him, the Burmese culture and people should be appreciated as things of beauty and worth. To the other white members of the European club of which he is member, these views are dangerous, undermining the foundation of British colonial rule.
Flory is drawn into a deadly rivalry when he befriends Veraswami, an Indian doctor, who is under the scrutiny of a corrupt magistrate. Flory defies the convention of imperial bigotry in Burma by offering to help his new friend, but the consequences to him, and Elizabeth Lackersteen, the woman he loves, will be explosive.
Based on his experiences as a policeman in Burma, Burmese Days was Orwell''s first novel, and sparked controversy for its scathing portrayal of colonial society.
Two modern classics in one volume.
In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act.
In both Animal Farm and his final novel, Nineteen Eighty-Four, George Orwell explores the lives of citizens (be it Winston Smith or Boxer the cart horse) living under totalitarian regimes. What can normal people do under a regime that controls not only your actions, but your thoughts and emotions, too? When power is wielded through control of language and history, can anyone truly resist?
The lasting popularity of these works is testament to Orwell''s powerful prose and are both a passionate political warning for today.