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Shooting an Elephant : And Other Essays - George Orwell

Shooting an Elephant

And Other Essays

By: George Orwell, Jeremy Paxman (Introduction by)


Published: 11th August 2003
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With a new Introduction by
Jeremy Paxman

'A writer who is still vividly contemporary ...... Orwell told the truth'
Christopher Hitchens

'Shooting an Elephant' is Orwell's searing and painfully honest account of his experience as a police officer in imperial Burma; killing an escaped elephant in front of a crowd 'solely to avoid looking a fool'. The other masterly essays in this collection include classics such as 'My Country Right or Left', 'How the Poor Die' and 'Such, Such were the Joys', his memoir of the horrors of public school, as well as discussions of Shakespeare, sleeping rough, boys' weeklies and a spirited defence of English cooking. Opinionated, uncompromising, provocative and hugely entertaining, all show Orwell's unique ability to get to the heart of any subject.

Why I writep. 1
The spikep. 11
A hangingp. 23
Shooting an elephantp. 31
Bookshop memoriesp. 41
Charles Dickensp. 49
Boys' weekliesp. 115
My country right or leftp. 149
Looking back on the Spanish warp. 157
In defence of English cookingp. 185
Good bad booksp. 189
The sporting spiritp. 195
Nonsense poetryp. 201
The prevention of literaturep. 207
Books v. cigarettesp. 227
Decline of the English murderp. 233
Some thoughts on the common toadp. 239
Confessions of a book reviewerp. 245
Politics v. literature : an examination of Gulliver's travelsp. 251
How the poor diep. 277
Such, such were the joysp. 291
Reflections on Gandhip. 347
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ISBN: 9780141187396
ISBN-10: 0141187395
Series: Orwell Centenary Edition Ser.
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 400
Published: 11th August 2003
Dimensions (cm): 20.2 x 13.0  x 2.7
Weight (kg): 0.28