Suzie Eisfelder
August 19, 2016

You know what?

I came across this article about George Orwell and how his name was really Eric Blair and how they’re building a statue to him outside BBC Headquarters and it made me think. While thinking I checked the catacombs and discovered while I’ve mentioned Orwell 13 times (some of these articles I’ve even published and others are still in draft form) I’ve never actually written about him.

Now you know his real name was Blair and he was born in India but of British descent. And there’s the question I have, if you’re born in India doesn’t that make you Indian? But I’m told he’s British. I’m confused.

Someone should write more about him and I don’t just mean me, I mean a creative story about how he didn’t actually die in 1950 but actually lived a long and productive life. I mean, think about it. Orwell wrote some really excellent works but how many would he have written had he lived longer than 47 years?

Let’s have a look at just two of his most important works.

1984 by George Orwell
1984 by George Orwell

Doesn’t matter whether you use digits or letters this is a really important book. Many people have written about its importance in today’s society and how it foreshadowed the CCTV on the streets and in buildings or how we’re now watched by so many people. Don’t even think about making me look at social media.

But, hey! There’s a thought. I do wonder what Orwell would have made of social media. What sort of book would have come out of that I wonder.

Animal Farm by George Orwell
Animal Farm by George Orwell

Animal Farm is all about politics, more specificially, socialism and fascism. But because it’s been set on a farm with the animals working the farm it looks like a children’s book. How brilliant is that? In places where censorship is rife this is one book that’s survived just because it looks like a children’s book. Did he think that through and decide he needed to make sure at least one comment on socialism/fascism made it through and that’s why he’d make it look like a children’s book? Don’t know, but I wouldn’t be surprised.

  1. This would have been pure class and racism issues. It would have been “unclean” for the British to have an Indian son; just not done so he’s have been registered as British. Incidentally, there have been some world class Indian mathematicians, Physicists, writers, etc. Many of them are virtually unknown because they are only “foreign” Indians, though they are being more recognized now. It’s sad and western society has suffered because their contributions were ignored. Nazi Germany was hampered (fortunately) because they ignored and destroyed Jewish learning which probably shortened the war. Sometimes I’m ashamed to be human; but then there’s a ;pt to be proud of too.

    1. You know, I was hoping it had nothing to do with class and racism, but seeing as it’s Britain I shouldn’t really be surprised that it is.

      I know some very lovely Indians, one man in particular is awe inspiring and I’m proud to know him.

      I’m nodding with your last sentence, there’s both shame and pride.

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