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Reading ‘The lion and the unicorn’ for the first time is a peculiar experience, not only for its ambivalence but also the opening section ‘England your England’ which still chimes with the sentiments of our English Trump to quote according to Ben Rhodes – Barack Obamanamely Boris Univornio, and his full English Brexit and the distinctiveness of ‘English civilization’ – a nation apart.

In this he has some fascinating insights into English culture, some of which t to me to have stood the test of time.

I did read this book somewhat slowly, considering the length of it, but only because I wanted to fully understand and take in everything Orwell was saying. Paperbackpages. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Shopkeepers “As I write, highly civilized human beings are flying overhead, trying to kill me.

The Lion and the Unicorn: Socialism and the English Genius

Definitely the need for socialism. Bombs were raining down all over England and especially over London — this was the Blitz which happened between September and May – 43, people killed, odwell around people a day for 9 months.

I don’t know but I’d like to know! In the first essay, he discusses the character of England, and in the wider sense, the United Kingdom.

What is exceptional is that the writing of Orwell about England in still applies today, almost to the letter. The Lion and the Georgr Nevertheless, he offers up a lucid and insightful critique of the then-current political environment, and some of what he says remains depressingly true today–indeed, perhaps even more true than it was in Written in crystal clear prose, it is a masterclass in prose style.


Change is part of the nature of living things. In addition to his literary career Orwell served as a police officer with the Indian Imperial Eric Arthur Blairbetter known by his pen name George Orwellwas an English author and journalist. Views Read Edit View history. Without the industrial support that later came from the US, Orwell’s’ prediction of socialism or defeat seems plausible.

But it’s better than some places I could think of. This is an awkward page essay to hack your way through. No, modern psychology rejects this kind of idea, as well as the development in England in the last decade.

No unicrnio or quizzes yet. In many senses, nothing much has changed since Orwell penned this famous essay in during The Blitz. Hitler will at any rate go down in history as the man who made the City of London laugh on the wrong side of its face. In addition to his literary career Orwell served as a police officer with the Indian Imperial Police in Burma from and fought with the Republicans in the Spanish Civil War from This was the point of the war when Britain was on its own against the Axis, and Stalin was keen to postpone any war with Hitler so that the USSR could build up its strength.

Orwell wants to nationalize land, mines, railways, banks, and major industries.

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Orwell i Orwell’s writing is brilliant, and this book honestly appealed to both my history AND my politics side. This is an interesting historical artefact: Orwell is insightful and undogmatic which gives him the ability to be clear on all sides of his story, he doesn’t seem to be patriotic but he appreciates the power of English patriotism in keeping the country on a similar footing, he isn’t a warmonger but knows when a fight in this case against Hitler is unavoidable, and he is a leftest but knows when the left wing as it is today is in the throws of Moscow and unable to lead its own line of thought.


A random lucky find in the library as I had no idea there was a special publication. We socialists The revolution never did happen in England as Orwell predicted in this book that’s why I’ve only given it four stars but the book was informative and easy to understand.

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El león y el unicornio y otros ensayos

At times, his statements about the greatness of the English people gets a little overbearing, but he makes some interesting points nonetheless. Jul 13, Anna rated it it was amazing. Shopbop Designer Fashion Brands.

Much discussion of Empire, to my knowledge now, woefully uninformed and patronising yes I know he worked with the Burma police and reminded me of focus group discussions prior to the referendum on our European membership where the elderly elderly I count myself in the single ‘elderly’ category talked of getting back to more trading with our empire ffs.

He would surely have concluded that it was a job half done I may find out if I ever get to the end of his vast collection of essays.

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