9.5.39.

Young pigeon in nest outside hospital window.

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22 Responses to 9.5.39.

  1. Back in the hospital.

    This diary is very sad, as we know the outcome. I wish we could have started years earlier, when he was still hale.

  2. Instantaneously, Reconnaissance Reportage such as this can originate from anywhere in the space/time continuum and be transmitted directly to optic nerves.

    Hypothetical: If everyone who reads this blog entry were to secretly draw a sketch of this scene, would there be any similarities when the curtains are raised?

  3. Barnaby says:

    Don’t worry, Stephen! George has still many years ahead of him, and in many ways they are his best years.

  4. Yes. Only the tip of the Orwellian Chronological Iceberg has been revealed; he’s just getting warmed up.

    Peering over Blair’s shoulder as he gathers raw material and hones his skills is a unique experience. I hear that soon he’ll be mixing in a potent form of mundane reality which will then become anthropomorphic metaphor.

  5. Steve says:

    No fun to be in the hospital, but how nice he has a nest outside his window!

  6. Stephen says:

    The pigeon has a bird’s eye view of George.

  7. zenomax says:

    I came across this quote from the english novelist & journalist Will Self, which in the context of GO’s nature diary seemed apposite:

    “Orwell’s notable feat as a stylist, seems – to me – to be his ability to convince us that he is fearlessly rational and objective; and that, moreover, we are exactly the kind of fearlessly rational and objective readers who can fully appreciate it.”

  8. Barnaby says:

    To Zenomax:
    “Orwell’s notable feat as a stylist, seems – to me – to be his ability to convince us that he is fearlessly rational and objective; and that, moreover, we are exactly the kind of fearlessly rational and objective readers who can fully appreciate it.”

    Yes, I think there’s a lot of truth in that.

  9. George Orwell is/was not fearlessly rational and objective and neither are/were his readers?

  10. Barnaby says:

    I am neither rational nor objective – and certainly not fearlessly so! – but I do think that Orwell manages to make me think I am, at least for a time. As for Orwell himself, I believe he came closer to being rational and objective than most of us. And of course he showed great intellectual and physical courage.

  11. Daniel Earwicker says:

    “This diary is very sad, as we know the outcome.”

    Now, come come. If that were true, why, the film Titanic would therefore have been a miserable, un-entertaining experience!

    Oh, I see what you mean.

  12. Ebola says:

    @Daniel Earwicker:
    Apart for unlucky girls, Titanic was a miserable, un-entertaining experience.

  13. Silas says:

    Ebola
    In your opinion, what movie would be an entertaining experience?

  14. John Carpenter’s The Thing.

  15. BTW, 1939 saw the release of many truly great films.

  16. ambi says:

    Pour tous les fans d’Orwell, un rendez-vous à ne pas manquer, l’adaptation théâtrale du roman phare de ce visionnaire, « 1984 » Je suis allé la voir au théâtre de Ménilmontant en début d’année et ils ont été reconduit au mois de mai ! Je vous la conseille fortement, car l’ambiance du livre a bien été retranscrite dans la pièce, qui à réussi le pari du mélange théâtre/cinéma et l’atmosphère est oppressante, déshumanisé… Pour ceux qui n’ont pas lu le livre, cette pièce en est une belle approche !

  17. Barnaby says:

    I expect the “young pigeon” will have moved on by now!

  18. In the long-lost sequel (of which only the audio is extant–the video is extinct), Pepé Le Pew often refers to the object of his pursuit as “mon petit pigeon.”

  19. Jake says:

    “Now, come come. If that were true, why, the film Titanic would therefore have been a miserable, un-entertaining experience!” Some say it was, not only miserable and unentertaning, but cheap as well, my friend. How can you mention the word Titanic in the same breath with . . . “Down and Out in London and Paris,” for example, or “Animal Farm”?

  20. Jake says:

    Correction: ” . . . . Paris and London.”

  21. Jake says:

    Correction: I misspoke: It’s ” . . . . Paris and London,” of course.

  22. Yes.

    I have seen the old B&W version, of course, but I have never seen the intergalactic blockbuster hit. Honest.

    Blair Saw Through the Bling, Starring: The Flying Aspidistra.

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