Thomas E. Ricks, ‘Churchill and Orwell: The Fight For Freedom’, 2017:
जॉर्ज ऑरवेल हे माझे अत्यंत आवडते लेखक. मला सर्वात जास्त आवडलेले त्यांचे पुस्तक: "Down and Out in Paris and London", १९३३. त्या पुस्तकाबद्दल मी पूर्वी लिहले आहे.
त्यांच्या सुंदर, टोकदार, दाणेदार, नेटक्या वगैरे भाषेच्या पलिकडे जाऊन, त्यांच्या मृत्यू नंतर ६८वर्षे पूर्ण झाल्यावर, २०१८साली, त्यांच्या काही लेखनाबद्दल मनात आलेले विचार.
१. जॉन ग्रे म्हणतात : "Whatever horrors they chronicled, Orwell and (Arthur) Koestler never gave up the hope that humankind could have a better future. It did not occur to them that history might be cyclical, not progressive, with the struggles of earlier eras returning and being played out against a background of increased scientific knowledge and technological power. For all their dystopian forebodings, neither anticipated the 21st-century reality, in which ethnic and religious wars have supplanted secular ideological conflicts, terror has returned to the most advanced societies and empire is being reinvented."
२. अस म्हटल जात की ऑरवेल खूप द्रष्टे होते. काही बाबतीत त्यांची भविष्यवाणी अतिशय खरी ठरली आहे पण बेन ज्यूडा (Ben Judah) काय लिहतात ते पहा:
The time-stamp on these musings matter when it comes to judging his reputation as the now bronze-cast moral authority outside the BBC. This is quite different from judging Shakespeare on whether or not Shylock is an anti-Semitic caricature, given that The Merchant of Venice was written at a time when Judaism was a question of peripheral relevance to Elizabethan writers. Orwell first published the year Hitler came to power."
"the secret to Orwell’s popularity is not in the facts of his life, or even in his journalism (though he hardly ever engaged in what we would call reporting), and certainly not in his prophecy. The secret of Orwell’s appeal lies in his rhetoric: everything is simple, everything is right or wrong, and everything—if you only listened to him—can finally be solved."