Summer 1950 • Vol. XII No. 3 Book Reviews |

The Frankfurter and the Hotel

Down and Out In Paris And London by George Orwell. Harcourt, Brace. $2.75. Burmese Days by George Orwell. Harcourt, Brace. $3.00. Coming Up For Air by George Orwell. Harcourt, Brace. $3.00.   Our appreciation of an author's work, our pleasure and profit from it, may be general, but there is usually one part of it we hold especially relevant and important to our personal experience. I am familiar with five of George Orwell's books—Nineteen Eighty-Four, Animal Farm and the three volumes which occasion this review. But these novels have meant less to me than some occasional pieces of his which appeared in different journals, particularly the letters from London which were printed in the Partisan Review in the early days of the last war and then again in the terribly difficult period after the war. Amid the endless stream of manufactured trash about the War, Europe and Socialism—all propaganda and apologetics—Orwell's reports were marked by honesty and responsibility and

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