Combining the best of hitchens polemical punch and intellectual elegance in a tightly woven and subtle argument this book addresses not only why orwell matters today but how he will continue to matter in a future uncertain world. Why orwell matters is a misleading title for this book which does not really set out to develop the argument it implies orwells importance being already quite well established what hitchens actually aims to do here is to extricate orwell from the clutches of both the political right and left and defend the man and his legacy against his accusers and detractors. This does both orwell and hitchens a disservice as many on both the left and the right devotees and dismissers would learn much from this essay as it stands i would only recommend this to a true student of orwell like myself why orwell matters in the end is unfortunately not for the casual reader. Despite praising many of hitchenss analyses of orwell packer added for a slender book why orwell matters is oddly unfocused and hard to get through what hitchens has to say is what a sympathetic reader of orwell would want said but he never sustains a line of thought long enough or searchingly enough to reach a truly provocative insight. Why orwell matters why orwell matters is a lengthy essay by christopher hitchens that spans over 200 pages and was published in 2002 george orwell was a famous british political writer and novelist that penned such classics as animal farm and 1984 oftentimes presenting a bleak future for humanity primarily displayed through the usage of a dystopia
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