Happy Birthday, George Orwell

Today would be George Orwell’s 98th birthday, and though he is best known for his books 1984 and Animal Farm that gave horrifying examples of Stalinism, his books on poverty such as Keep the Aspidistra Flying and Down and Out in London and Paris are equally excellent and give one a perspective on not only the degradation of the poverty of the time but also the utter banality of and psychological addiction to this state of being. In other words, poverty can not only be an unfortunate circumstance but also a habit that many refuse to break. Highly recommended.

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