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This account of Orwell's lifestyles is mainly keen on what stimulated Orwell, his kinfolk with publishers and editors, and the research of convinced key reports - the deposition that in the Spanish Civil conflict he was once responsible of espionage and excessive treason; his paintings on the BBC; his curiosity in pamphlet literature; and his time as a battle correspondent. there's a specified evaluation of his gains from 1922 to 1945 and a clean examine his attitudes to category, girls, and non secular trust. specific awareness is paid to his essays.

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The value of Latin, Greek and French might seem remote from the needs of a policeman in Burma, Orwell's choice of where he would serve. However, it showed he had one ability that he was able to tum to good use in Burma, France and Spain: a capacity to learn languages. He learned Burmese and Hindustani and even mastered a particularly difficult language, Shaw-Karen. One incentive to do this was the WOO-rupee bonus given for each examination passed. He had eight different postings in Burma, the last being at Katha, from 23 December 1926 until he left Burma on 12 July 1927, when he took home-leave of five months and 20 days.!

One of the most interesting writers on Orwell in Burma is Professor Maung Htin Aung, onetime Professor of English at Rangoon University, the University's Honorary Vice-Chancellor, and his country's Ambassador to Ceylon in 1958. In 'Orwell and the Burma Police' he shows that, in his first year at the Training School, Mandalay, Orwell was paid £23 a month plus £5 Burma allowance and £9 overseas pay: £37 a month or £444 a year. This, as Maung Htin Aung points out, compared very favourably with the pay of locally-recruited men: 'Constable £1, Cadet £5, Inspector £10, all without allowances'.

This would be Nineteen Eighty-Four. ' Failure is mentioned several times in section V of 'Such, Such Were the Joys', culminating in that last sentence, referring to the time when he had left St Cyprian's and was bound for what he thought would be the relative freedom of Wellington (where he stayed a term before going to Eton). There was, he said, 'a bit of happiness before the future closed in upon me. But I knew the future was dark. Failure, failure, failure - failure behind me, failure ahead of me - that was by far the deepest conviction that I carried away' [from St Cyprian's].

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