How would you like to have your novel—that novel you spent years working on—reviewed by George Orwell?
This would be like making your best risotto and serving it up to Gordon Ramsay. No pressure, right?
Well, Graham Greene, a famous author in his own right, experienced just that. When The Heart of the Matter was published in 1948, Greene was already an established author, having written 11 novels including The Power and the Glory.
George Orwell, though? Not a big fan—at least of this particular novel.
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Here we go again.
It’s the fifth edition of Literary Would You Rather, a fun little game I started doing on the blog back in October 2012.
You know the drill, so let’s get started:
Though I won’t be revisiting George Orwell anymore in this project, I thought this piece of information was worth sharing.
Orwell’s 1984 nearly didn’t happen.
While on a camping trip in Scotland, Orwell took a small motor boat out with his son, niece and nephew. The boat got caught up in the tide and flipped. The group didn’t have on life jackets and were taken in by a whirlpool.
Orwell’s son, Richard, described the incident:
Over the last 2 plus years, I’ve enjoyed posting a lot about the writing styles of famous authors.
To this day, the most popular post on my blog is about Jonathan Franzen’s 10 Rules For Writing. But I’ve posted about many other writers and their insights about their craft as well—Margaret Atwood, George Orwell, John Steinbeck, C.S. Lewis and others.
How about some of those tips in one easy to find place? Well, here you go!
Here’s some great writing tips from authors I’ve talked about on 101 Books, plus a few others for good measure:
It’s time for another death match!
If you’ll remember, Infinite Jest took out Gone With The Wind in the first death match. Today’s battle features two literary superstars: the fierce, intimidating God-like lion, Aslan, from C.S. Lewis’ Narnia series, versus the evil, manipulative and propaganda-spewing pig, Napoleon, from Animal Farm.
A lion versus a pig? Come on, right? The King of the Serengeti versus the King of Boone’s Farm? Is it a no brainer?
Well, let’s break it down.
I could probably have a much more entertaining review if I let my one-year-old son review Animal Farm.
Me: “What’s the cow say?” Him: “Moo!” Me: “What’s the pig say?” Him: “Oink! Oink!” Me: “What’s the doggy say?” Him: “Woof! Woof!”
Outside of animal noises, though, I’m not sure how much insight he could give you. And, really, he’s so fond of pigs right now I don’t want to burst his bubble and reveal Napoleon’s dastardly deeds. That just might break his heart.
I can’t quite remember the first time I read Animal Farm, but I think it was sometime in seventh or eighth grade.
Up to that point in my brief reading history, my exposure to literature was pretty much books like The Hardy Boys, comic books, and the like.
But when I read Animal Farm, I remember thinking, this is different. Yeah, this is a story about animals who get pissed at the way they are being treated and revolt on a farm, but I also realized that the story had another level, that it was talking about more than just animals and farmers.