Dennis Glover knows his subject so well that one feels as if not exactly inside the mind of Eric Blair/George Orwell at least perched upon his left shoulder. This is an amazing biography. At last I properly understand the author - the pin-pointing of key moments, pivotal experiences in life and his background generally which inform the directions of his final two books in particular. His personal sufferings via the tuberculosis informing the bleakness of life through wartime privations and the sloganeering/mantra-mouthing propaganda of both his BBC work and his writing life on wild wind and storm lashed Jura - the loss of friends and then his wife - and the urge to make his mark via his writing - his disillusion with the extremes of political positions and his need to provide for his son and his second wife pushing him to Animal Farm and finally to 1984. This was a man - a man of high degree. Congratulations Dennis Glover! This is THE book of 2017!
The courageous premise of this book caught my attention, its sheer brilliance kept me reading. Orwell’s 1984 remains one of the most influential books I have read, and Dennis Glover’s ‘fictional’ account of Orwell’s life has not only served to remind me of that, but also of how important books used to be in the dissemination of ideas.
It is clear from the notes at the end that Glover has studied Orwell’s life and writings in much depth, and with insight and compassion. He says it is fictional, but the way he writes it makes you feel you are inside Orwell’s head. The poetic license makes it better than any autobiography could ever be.
George Orwell suffered for his art, he died way too young, but his legacy remains and is enhanced by this book. Moreover, it is an extraordinary account of what it was like to live through the tumultuous and challenging times of the pre-war build-up, the dreariness and uncertainty of the war-years in England and the emergence of a new world in a post-ware era that was anything but cheerful.
Throughout this book I felt I was there, right next to one of the greatest writers of our time. A literary treat.
Thoroughly engaging profile of the famous author - Well researched and giving both true and imagined insights into the authors life and loves. Great character development leaves u wanting Blair / Orwell to live on ...
Well researched and thoughtfully structured. The book allows us to simultaneously revisit the much loved books ,'Animal Farm' and 'Nineteen Eighty-Four', and to feel closer to the man who created them. Poignant and stimulating.