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Orwell's roses, Rebecca Solnit

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Orwell's roses
Title
Orwell's roses
Statement of responsibility
Rebecca Solnit
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Author
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
"A fresh take on George Orwell as a far more nature-loving figure than is often portrayed, and a dazzlingly rich meditation on roses, gardens, and the value and use of beauty and pleasure in the face of brutality and horror. "In the spring of 1936 a man planted roses." That man was George Orwell, shortly before he went off to fight against fascism in Spain. Today, those rosebushes are still thriving. This is the starting point for Rebecca Solnit's new book, which presents another side of Orwell, a neglected arcadian Orwell who took enormous pleasure in the natural world and found great meaning and value in it. Orwell's planting of the roses is an axle from which Solnit's chapters radiate out like spokes as she brilliantly explores its various contexts, perspectives, and meanings, following the contours of Orwell's life and tracking how deeply enmeshed the love of nature is in all his writing. Journeying to the cottage in Wallingford where Orwell lived in 1936, she examines his desire to be agrarian and settled, how gardening restored him, and how planting something can be an act of fidelity and faith. Probing at the beauty and meaning of roses, she draws in the revolutionary photography and politics of Tina Modotti and makes a clandestine visit to a Columbian rose factory, where 80% of America's roses for sale are grown. She tracks the history of gardening, showing how the desire to garden is culturally determined and often rooted in class, recounts the immense battles over breeding and genetics in Russia during Stalin's time, and probes into the colonialist roots of Orwell's forebears, who worked in opium production in India and profiteered from sugar and slavery in Jamaica. Solnit shows how these points of intersection illuminate Orwell's work, and how that illumination shines forth on larger questions about beauty, pleasure, meaning, relationship, and hope. Her book establishes that "Orwellian" could stand for something more than ominous, corrupt, and sinister"--
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Provided by publisher
Biography type
individual biography
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DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Solnit, Rebecca
Dewey number
828/.91209
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Orwell, George
  • Authors, English
  • Orwell, George
  • Orwell, George
  • Roses
  • Gardening
  • Nature
Target audience
adult
Label
Orwell's roses, Rebecca Solnit
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages [273]-294) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
22 cm
Extent
308 pages
Isbn
9780593083369
Lccn
2021003710
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other control number
40030780430
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • on1239649953
  • 737343
  • (OCoLC)1239649953
Label
Orwell's roses, Rebecca Solnit
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages [273]-294) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
22 cm
Extent
308 pages
Isbn
9780593083369
Lccn
2021003710
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other control number
40030780430
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • on1239649953
  • 737343
  • (OCoLC)1239649953
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