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This is an auction for GEORGE ORWELL: A LIFE by Bernard Crick. review:

"FIVE STARS!!! This is THE biography of Orwell to read. The centenary of Orwell's birth has brought a number of books about the author, including two new biographies (D. J. Taylor's Orwell: The Life and Gordon Bowker's George Orwell). While the other books might have varying value for whatever revelations of the man and his life that they contain, Crick's book remains the best biography of Orwell because of its analysis of his politics -- a key component (if not THE key component) of both his reputation and his legacy. To this analysis Crick adds a probing examination of Orwell's life, accepting none of the man's accounts of it (as presented in his many works) at face value. Throughout the book Crick deflates the many exaggerations and debunks several of the myths that Eric Arthur Blair used when constructing the public image of George Orwell. The combination makes for a first-rate examination of both the man and the legend.”

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Hardback 1981. (Revised edition.)

473 pages + photographs.

Repairs to the dust jacket. Otherwise, very good condition.

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  • Seller location: Palmerston North, Manawatu, NZ

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