Burning Down George Orwell's House

Burning Down George Orwell's House

Book - 2015
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Ray Welter, who was until recently a high-flying advertising executive in Chicago, has left the world of newspeak behind. He decamps to the isolated Scottish Isle of Jura in order to spend a few months in the cottage where George Orwell wrote most of his seminal novel, Nineteen Eighty-Four. Ray is miserable, and quite prepared to make his troubles go away with the help of copious quantities of excellent scotch. But a few of the local islanders take a decidedly shallow view of a foreigner coming to visit in order to sort himself out, and Ray quickly finds himself having to deal with not only his own issues but also a community whose eccentricities are at times amusing and at others downright dangerous.
Publisher: New York : Soho, 2015
ISBN: 9781616954949
1616954949
Characteristics: 272 p. ; 22 cm

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Jul 27, 2016

Rarely have I found such divergence between the critics comments and the content. Marlon James you have gone down in my estimation. I tried hard but could not detect any of the hilarity and horror, musicality and menace you claim to have found. The characterization is weak, the plot cliched and improbable. There are many excellent first novels in the library. This is not one of them.

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