The Moon Under Water, by George Orwell

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This essay, first published in February 1946, is one of several Orwell wrote about the little things of life, like cigarettes, a proper cup of tea and good, wholesome English food. Taken by themselves, these things seem trivial enough, but, taken together, they add up to a world worth living in. If you refer to Orwell’s later novel Nineteen Eighty-Four, you’ll note that it is precisely the destruction of these small quotidian pleasures – combined with an oppressive surveillance state and constant warfare – that transforms daily life into an unmitigated hell. As The Moon Under Water goes, so goes humanity…

The Moon Under Water, by George Orwell {8:36}

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