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  1. Petra-masx Petra-masx says:

    The end of the Empire came when those who had previously given up their arms and all their wealth to he who wears a pith helmet and burns in the sun realised that Jack was not only as good as his master but his master was a total dickhead anyway And it was past due time he went home to colder climes and the fat ueen who wore a golden crown studded with jewels stolen from their lands This story is about one of the sunburned crew realising that yeah he is a dickhead and reflecting on the lengths he went to just to stop other people realising that But they knew they just didn't know they could do anything about it deprived of arms and government as they were All they could do was force him to behave in ways that would benefit themselves In this case he had to kill a mad elephant that he didn't want to or even seen the need to but that was his role and elephant was their favourite food The satisfaction of forcing the white man and his gun to perform his self defined role was one thing but defining their own roles another Eventually though revolution and independence became possible and then inevitableWell actually not The British government has been trying to get its remaining outposts of empire to become independent since the mid 80s The whiter the populace ie Falklands the less hard they try and vice versa The Labour government actually gave all the rights of passport and settlement that these pale islands enjoyed to the darker ones which was something The problem is that the non independent islands are now in the position of power They are all self governing and the UK is responsible for defence helps out with major island maintenance via its roving ships sends old books to the libraries and provides a good place of tertiary education for those that wish it The only irksome thing for the locals is having to have a meet and greet governor who generally lords it over everyone having gathered a coterie of cocktail party going expats and rich sycophantic locals around him But the main benefit is that our often thoroughly corrupt politicians cannot change the political system and elect themselves dictator president for life So no one except the thoroughly corrupt politicos actually wants independence Empire died Britain's cold and grey and poor and we are sunny and warm and not too badly off We can come to the mother country and work you can't come here without a work permit KarmaGreat story Very short As well written as everything else by Orwell is a free link to this very short story and other writing by Orwell


  2. Rowena Rowena says:

    This was my introduction to George Orwell's non fiction Supposedly during his lifetime Orwell was known foremost as an essayist; this was uite surprising to me as it was only a couple of years ago that I'd ever even heard mention of Orwell writing non fiction This collection of essays really impressed meFirstly the subject matter was very varied discussing Orwell's observations during his time in Burma his stay in a French hospital very horrific and also his views on books literary figures and so onI think his observations about society are still very much valid and I thoroughly enjoyed his thoughts his dry wit Very informativeMy favourite essays were Lear Tolstoy and the Fool' Politics and the English Language and Politics and Literature Politics and Language in particular was uite enlightening and offered some advice on good writing habits If you use ready made phrases you not only don't have to hunt about for words; you also don't have to bother with the rhythm of your sentences since these phrases are generally so arranged as to be or less euphorious And for proof that politics hasn't changed much over the years Politics and English Language has the following words Thus political language has to consist largely of euphemism uestion begging and sheer cloudy vaguenessHighly recommended


  3. Ian Ian says:

    I read most maybe all of this collection as a young man in my late teens or early twenties The essay I remembered most was ‘A Hanging’ which along with the title piece was one of two taken from Orwell’s time as a police Superintendent in colonial Burma It retains its impact even on a second read In one section Orwell describes the condemned man walking to the gallows and stepping aside to avoid a puddle in his path“It is curious but till that moment I had never realized what it means to destroy a healthy conscious man When I saw the prisoner step aside to avoid the puddle I saw the mystery the unspeakable wrongness of cutting a life short when it is in full tide”The title story is another powerful piece but strangely the other essay I recalled best was ‘Boys’ Weeklies’ from 1939 an extended rant about the negative influence of boys’ comics several of the titles he mentions were still popular in my own youth It is maybe the weakest entry in the collection Perhaps that’s why I remembered itIn reading the directly political essays I was struck by how much the arguments mirror modern day culture wars This is especially the case in ‘The Prevention of Literature’ Like John Stuart Mill Orwell recognised that in a democratic country it is the force of public opinion that represents the greatest threat to freedom of expression Whilst most of these essays were written when Orwell was politically on the far left he was never one to subscribe to Groupthink He ridicules those who performed ideological somersaults over the Nazi Soviet Pact or those who “specialize in avoiding awkward uestions” In ‘Looking Back at the Spanish War’ he comments that “what impressed me then and has impressed me ever since is that atrocities are believed in or disbelieved in solely on the grounds of political predilectionwithout ever bothering to examine the evidence”The autobiographical essays create the impression of a man with few happy memories Orwell’s schooldays were wretched his life as a tramp was wretched and his life in Burma was wretched even though he was theoretically in a position of power and privilege In Spain he believed in what he was doing but he still went through the experiences of a soldier on the frontline But this collection is nothing if not eclectic ‘Bookshop Memories’ and ‘Confessions of a Book Reviewer’ are comic pieces that had me laughing throughout On the other hand ‘How the Poor Die’ an account of a spell in a Paris hospital in 1929 is best read before rather than after a mealIt’s nearly 40 years since I last read anything by Orwell and I’d forgotten how good he was Taken as a whole this was a four star read for me but I would rate several of the individual essays as five stars


  4. Mohsin Maqbool Mohsin Maqbool says:

    An old Penguin edition of Shooting an ElephantShooting an Elephant is an essay by George Orwell first published in the literary magazine New Writing in the autumn of 1936 The hunter caught in the hunted's eye The essay describes the experience of the English narrator possibly Orwell himself called upon to shoot an aggressive elephant while working as a police officer in Burma now Myanmar Even the elephant’s mahout has gone looking for it but he somehow seems to be on a wild goose chase as he has headed off in exactly the opposite direction The locals the police officer meets on the way he gets to hear different versions of the story It is something akin to Chinese whispers The officer does find a coolie who has been trampled to death – probably by a mad or angry elephant However when he actually gets to see the elephant from a distance of eight yards it seems to be extremely happy and busy in eating grass But will he kill the elephant against his better judgment because the locals expect him to do the job? Will he please the 2000 strong crowd 'solely to avoid looking a fool'? Who is whose enemy? The story is regarded as a metaphor for British imperialism and for Orwell's view that when the white man turns tyrant it is his own freedom that he destroys The agonizing account of the officer also deals with xenophobia and racism which whites faced in abundance during the British Raj A mighty beast brought to dust with a rifle held in man's hands The story also shocks and surprises you as elephants are revered in Thailand while in Burma a neighbouring country people are thirsting for the elephant’s blood so that they can feast on its flesh once killed Pachyderms are revered in India too which happens to be another country with common borders George Orwell in Burma Provincial Police Training School in Mandalay 1921 You are bound to fully enjoy the essay as it reads like an interesting short story rather than a British officer’s tiresome working day Just in case you get the wrong idea Orwell loved animals Here he feeds his pet goat Muriel Maybe he also had an animal farm where he sang Old MacDonald had a farm E I E I O A poster of Juan Pablo Rothie's short film Shooting an Elephant based on George Orwell's storyA college professor examines Orwell's Shooting an Elephant in the following link Do watch it as it will make you understand the essay and British imperialism betterhttpswwwyoutubecomwatch?v pxWg You can watch here trailer of short film Shooting an Elephant


  5. Stephen P Stephen P says:

    Surely a vivid account of the oppression and futility of British colonialism in the East or anywhere colonialism sets up its tent Further it shows how the oppressor also becomes the oppressed by having to wear a mask to fit the role of oppressor then the mask becomes their faceIt is also a fine study I believe of our interior lives and its workings A ringing metaphor for the roles we find ourselves playing to subscribe to the s and culture of our land How who and what we are can be crushed by these pressures Orwell’s novel novella takes place in Moulmein in lower Burma under British rule A young British police officer conflicted about his feelings regarding British imperialism is called on to shoot a wild elephant who reportedly is terrorizing the Burma town Having an elephant hunting rifle in hand he takes off to where the elephant is located in a field The townspeople of course without access to weapons follow in pursuit of a thrill At the field the elephant stands appearing as a harmless creature The young officer does not want to shoot the elephant but at the same time he has a crowd of “Natives” behind him who want and expect him to Will he shoot the elephant to secure a tighter fit as a British Colonizer or refuse to shoot and have to walk past the large crowd of Burmese men women and children? Will he have the guts to locate who he is apart from the role impressed upon him and act according?At the end of watching the short movie of Shooting the Elephant two days before reading this great work my wife and I remained silent trying to situate ourselves again before speaking Compressed it was an experience that if shared threaded a bonding The movie was different than the book in some aspects There was for me no way to read Orwell’s story without being influenced by the movie The reflex reaction to compare dictated a strained restriction that permeated the act of reading thus reconstructing the theme of the book Can we step in any direction without being constricted by the expectations of our culture the expectations imposed by ourselves even our past experiences? Is it a worthy life pursuit to slice as many of the binds as possible? That is in part what being a reader writer an artist is about?


  6. Steven Godin Steven Godin says:

    This outstanding collection again shows Orwell was a major essayist I think it was his strongest asset His fiction never really won me over Along with longer pieces there are a fine selection of shorter essays including Shooting an Elephant My Country Right or Left Decline of an English Murder and A Hanging With great originality and wisdom Orwell unfolds his views on subjects ranging from a revaluation of Charles Dickens to a spirited defence of English cooking Displaying an almost unrivalled mastery of English plain prose style Orwell's essays challenge move and enlighten Although he deals with some complex issues what is most striking about this book is the clean crisp easy to read nature You could probably read it with a hangover and still fully grasp it Out of admiration Orwell is the sort of writer that would make a lot of other writers extremely jealous Despite all the time that has passed his non fiction is still very much worth reading ahead of his fiction Most of these were simply superb pieces but the one that stands out for me was Shooting an Elephant I will never forget that elephant


  7. Numidica Numidica says:

    George Orwell at his best is hard to beat I read 1984 and Animal Farm in high school and thought I knew Orwell and frankly I was not very impressed Then years later I saw Homage to Catalonia recommended in a list of Best War Books and decided to give it a try since I was mildly interested in the Spanish Civil War; from it I learned an entirely new Orwell the one who wrote about his own experiences either autobiographically or in novel form eg Burmese Days After reading Homage I uickly went through Down and Out in Paris and London Burmese Days and many of his essays The lead essay in Shooting an Elephant from which the book takes it's name is in a way a commentary on imperialism but also it accurately portrays the dilemma the leader in any similar situation faces when it is imperative that he not be embarrassed because he needs to maintain his authority The essay about Orwell's time in a French hospital is reminiscent of Down and Out and his essay regarding How to and how not to Write is very worthwhile for anyone who writes professionally or not There are a few essays which are dated a bit as they deal with issues in Britain in the immediate aftermath of WWII but for the most part the essays have aged well I particularly liked his essay on the unmitigated good of planting trees since it is a hobby of mine As an aside another book by Orwell which is a little difficult to find now is Burmese Days Having lived in Asia in the early '80's Burmese Days rang true to me despite the half century between Orwell's time there and mine and I recommend it if you like Orwell This book of essays is very worthwhile for any Orwell reader


  8. Kim Kim says:

    Why has it taken me so long to discover George Orwell's non fiction? Ever since reading 1984 when I was a teenager I've known Orwell was an excellent writer but I didn't know just how extensive a range he had Fiction journalism literary criticism political and social commentary memoir; there appears to be nothing Orwell couldn't turn his hand to This volume includes a range of Orwell's essays from the 1930s and 1940s with subjects including Orwell's time as a policeman in Burma the years he spent in the prep school he loathed the writing of Charles Dickens Gullivers Travels the French hospital system poverty in England the cost of books and political language While I found some of the essays of inherent interest than others all of them are engaging written in wonderfully clear prose and imbued with Orwell's honesty his passion for social justice and his capacity for at times painful self reflection This is great stuff How glad I am that Orwell was so prolific and that there's a lot of his writing for me still to discover


  9. Daren Daren says:

    OK close enough to the end of 2017 for me to determine my favourite reads Shooting an Elephant is my 2017 BEST EBOOKDIGITAL READThis is a great short essay by Orwell autobiographicalA tame elephant in 'must' is running amok in the town and it is left to the sahib to deal with Not wanting to kill what is in effect an 'expensive piece of machinery' the sub divisional police officer is given little choice the Burmese are not permitted weapons the elephant has killed a man and caused damage to the town The locals are entertained by the situation and look forward to a share of the meat should the elephant dieOrwell explains his feeling that the British Empire is in withdrawal and he no longer supports its ruling of Burma and he sides with the locals As a police officer I was an obvious target and was baited whenever it seemed safe to do so When a nimble Burman tripped me up on the football field and the referee another Burman looked the other way the crowd yelled with hideous laughterFor at that time I had already made up my mind that imperialism was an evil thing and the sooner I chucked up my job and got out of it the better Theoretically – and secretly of course – I was all for the Burmese and all against their oppressors the BritishExcellently written Orwell uses his situation with the elephant to explain his feeling that the locals were able to control him by their force of will Here was I the white man with his gun standing in front of the unarmed native crowd – seemingly the leading actor of the piece; but in reality I was only an absurd puppet pushed to and fro by the will of those yellow faces behind I perceived in this moment that when the white man turns tyrant it is his own freedom that he destroysA sahib has got to act like a sahib; he has got to appear resolute to know his own mind and do definite things To come all that way rifle in hand with two thousand people marching at my heels and then to trail feebly away having done nothing – no that was impossible The crowd would laugh at me And my whole life every white man's life in the East was one long struggle not to be laughed atFive stars


  10. Duane Duane says:

    Published first in 1936 it is not known if this short story by Orwell is fiction or non fiction This is a snapshot of British Imperialism on the individuals level and it's perception from both sides politically of the human experience A local British official in Colonial Burma is ask to deal with a working elephant run amok in the village The official possibly Orwell himself is torn between shooting the elephant and waiting for his handler to return He really doesn't want to shoot the elephant but he feels pressured by the presence of two thousand villagers looking on to act like they expect the imperialist to act This story is available for free on the Literature Network


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