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The novel is pessimistic, with its view that speculative builders, commercialism and capitalism are killing the best of rural England, "everything cemented over", and there are great new external threats.As a child, Orwell lived at Shiplake and Henley in the Thames Valley.A Recommended Book of the Month Winston lives in a bleak, totalitarian world where his job is to rewrite newspaper articles to support present political propaganda. His world is grimy, regimented, and callously violent.His conversations with other people are functional remarks or rituals of allegiance to Big Brother and the Party.Armed with ubiquitous surveillance and tools to indoctrinate the populace from the cradle, the Party seems to control everything.But they do not control Winston’s thoughts, and secretly he begins to rebel.But what chance does he have in a nightmare of social control so complete that it does not just suppress free speech, it suppresses free thought?
The descriptions in the novel of a character who lectures at a meeting of Gollancz's Left Book Club, and of the meeting itself, were such that Gollancz 'could not have helped being offended by them.' Nevertheless, the publisher did bring out the novel without demanding major changes and it was published on 12 June 1939.Thus, Rob Colls’s intellectual portrait George Orwell: English Rebel joins an already substantial body of commentary—his introduction lists some twenty predecessors, who themselves are only a sub-set of the much larger corpus of writing devoted to the man, the works and their afterlife.