George Orwell and 1984 – the truth is a lie

CHECK OUT the link on the right to George Orwell’s diaries from the 1930s.

Of course Orwell, whose real name was Eric Blair, wrote 1984 and also found himself in the thick of things during the Spanish Civil War, in the crossfire between the anarchists and the agitprops.

Animal Farm is one of his tomes too. In the 1960s it was one of the texts that us kids had to learn to get our English GCEs.  I failed. He worked for British Intelligence during the Second World War – although he was an anarchist, he appeared to be quite a conformist too. His diaries from the 1930s show he quite liked eggs, the definite mark of a conformer.

In the fight against the Spanish Fascists, celebrated in one of his rather less read but beautifully written books, Homage to Catalonia,  he found himself in one of Dante’s Hells. The hell being that though he was obviously an anarchist, the commies and the fascists wanted to kill him.

Anarchism gets a bad press, even in the 21st century, but Barcelona was a model of what can be done by folk who have a sense of community.

And oddly, modern Barcelona is still a pretty free city.  A pretty fair biography of Eric Blair is here.

2 responses to “George Orwell and 1984 – the truth is a lie

  1. thomasxstewart

    Read Diary entry, isn’t it like Animal Farm, Young Horse getting so liitle help, just more mindless demands. Cats live in state where Pregnant cat is tormented & finally at birth, whole bunch end up eaten,due to weakened state of mother, other cats taking babies for latter lunching. Maybe something from cruel & No Holds Barred experience in Spanish Civil War. War of Worlds Warnings, Perhaps.


  2. thomasxstewart

    Final Gob, Oreson Wells did War of Worlds. When living in Marin County lived on rental from Thomas wells, Oresons Grandson, on Stetson Ranch. Every Where One Turns There One Finds More & more Producers & Western Americana. Stetsons’ Went thru OWN Spanish Revolution or War, (Wentzstiens) brought by Army Reserve in 1954. Army Reserve is located near governement center that has Mickey Mouse insignias on Balonies.Its’ Go Figure World, Often obvious shortcoming seem area of need, yet just break in Day is enough.Wells is MoTown,too.


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