Wednesday, June 25, 2003

Turns out that today is the Centenary of George Orwell. Born Eric Arthur Blair up the road from here in Southwold. And he seemingly hated Southwold but was obviously enamoured enough of Suffolk in general to take the name of the river flowing through Ipswich here when it came to choosing a pen name. One of those authors I've never really dug into very much. I had to read both Animal Farm and 1984 at school but not touched anything else since. Very well regarded but too bleak for my normal taste, plus I'm not really much of a fan of hidden meanings and deep political criticism dressed up as fiction - I like my stories to be just that and if I want the other I'll find it elsewhere. Maybe I'll give him another go in the future.

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