Thursday, January 9, 2014

A "Deracinated" Englishman Who Came Home

    He went to Eton but he was not of the ruling class. He served as a colonial policeman in Burma but he was alienated from the Raj. He became an intellectual who disliked intellectuals, and a socialist who distrusted almost all forms of socialism. He belonged nowhere. Except, eventually, to England – not Brit­ain, says Colls, which was too abstract an identity, but England.
So writes David Aaronovitch of an author who "discovered the values of a practical, gentle, empirical people who didn't kill each other because they disagreed over politics" — The reluctant patriot: how George Orwell reconciled himself with England.

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Blogger Pints in NYC said...

The ending made me think of Enoch Powell.

January 9, 2014 at 10:20 PM  

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