Why I Write
A review of Why I Write by Rob Mason
"Political language is designed to make lies sound truthful and murder respectable and to give an appearance of solidity to pure wind." George Orwell
George Orwell says that; writing a book is a horrible, exhausting struggle, like a long bout of of some painful illness and that one would never undertake such a thing if one were not driven on by by some demon with whom one can neither resist nor understand. He explains that it is neccessary to efface one's personality or make oneself appear insignificant or inconspicuous and that in his case he needs to find some political purpose in terms of the objective.
A significant part of; ‘why I write’ is concerned with generalizations about England. For instance Orwell believes the English are not gifted artistically. Moreover, he says they are not as musical as the Germans or Italians, and comments that, painting and sculpture have never flourished in England as they have in France. The English are not intellectual! and substantiates that by saying, they have a horror of abstract thought; and feel no need for any philosophy or systematic world – view.
And then rather surprisingly the English have a hatred of war and militarism. He qualifies this by saying it is rooted in history and that it is strong in the lower – middle classes well as the working class. He makes the point that the mass of people are without military knowledge or tradition, and their attitude towards war is invariably defensive.