George Orwell's big surprise

  • 2003-07-03
  • Gwynne Dyer
He was "Don Quixote on a bicycle," the "wintry conscience of his generation" and if he had lived long enough he would have been very surprised. George Orwell, born a century ago this month (June 25), wrote two deeply pessimistic novels about the inability of human beings to resist tyranny, died at 46 and subsequently became the most widely read political philosopher of the 20th century: "Animal Farm" and "Nineteen Eighty-Four" were translated into 60 languages and sold 40 million copies. But he was wrong.Orwell's original readers were a generation who survived the fascists and WWII - only t...
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