I will be soon embarking on reading the works of George Orwell. I must admit, the only book of his that I have read was ‘Animal Farm’ at High School back in the 1970’s.
So to redress this, I will set about reading in the order of publication the following:
- 1934 – Burmese Days
- 1935 – A Clergyman’s Daughter
- 1936 – Keep the Aspidistra Flying
- 1939 – Coming Up for Air
- 1945 – Animal Farm
- 1949 – Nineteen Eighty-Four
I have just done a brief bit of research, and whilst doing so I found these interesting guidelines for writer suggested by Orwell:
Orwell provides six rules for writers:
- Never use a metaphor, simile, or other figure of speech which you are used to seeing in print.
- Never use a long word where a short one will do.
- If it is possible to cut a word out, always cut it out.
- Never use the passive where you can use the active.
- Never use a foreign phrase, a scientific word, or a jargon word if you can think of an everyday English equivalent.
- Break any of these rules sooner than say anything outright barbarous.