Monday, 28 June 2010

Orwell's Childhood: No Surprises

"The small boy waiting outside [the headmaster's] study for a beating is only the youthful version of Winston Smith waiting to be summoned to Room 101. The deceitfulness of authority, the feeling that spies are everywhere, the harsh cross-examinations, the rote learning in an atmosphere of threat — these are all present in both essay and novel."
Via Jeff Riggenbach at Mises, that's Gordon Bowker in quotation on the similarity between George Orwell's novel "1984" and his essay in memory of compulsory schooling in England: "Such, Such Were The Joys".

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