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I doubt I share a single political opinion with Orwell, although it's interesting to speculate where he'd have landed had he lived longer. But I bow to no one in my admiration of the man, for his courage, consistency and above all the crystalline clarity of his writing.
This piece, and its companions (Burma, Dreaming, Jura etc.) present Orwell "warts and all". He's no plaster saint. In particular, his behavior to the women in his life was inexcusably awful.
Notwithstanding that, these pieces give an insight into - as the title suggests - the "Real Orwell". They take you beyond a dry , academic view of his writing and thought to think of the vulnerabilities that formed him.
There's not a bad performance in this series. Having said that, the actors performing George Klopp and Eileen Blair/Orwell/O'Shaughnessy deserve particular congratulation - in the latter case, it's easy to appreciate the warmth that an austere character like Orwell would have loved.
A must for any admirer of Orwell's work, and an invaluable insight into one of the 20th century's great personalities.
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