Books: Guerrilla

SHOOTING AN ELEPHANT (200 pp.]—George Orwell — Harcourt, Brace ($2.75).

George Orwell had the gift of honesty as other writers have the gift of the satin phrase. His literary mark was his own: he sniped at all kinds of intellectual cant, loved personal freedom with an irascible passion, felt himself tied to ordinary people by strong memories of plebeian discomfort, and wrote in a style as bare and sharp as a winter tree.

Before he died early this year, Orwell was working on a collection of his essays. Shooting an Elephant, the portion he completed,...

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