Book Review | A Clergyman's Daughter by George Orwell

Updated: Jun 24

Birth: June 25, 1903, Motihari, India

Death: January 21, 1950, London, United Kingdom


A Clergyman's Daughter by George Orwell - 1935

The famous English novelist and essayist George Orwell's original is Eric Arthur Blair. After suffering financially for a while in his youth, he decided to become a writer by following the footsteps of his favorite writer, Jack London. In 1933, George Orwell first published his book “Five Free Money in Paris and London” and continued his success with books such as "Nineteen Eighty-Four", "A Clergyman’s Daughter", "Animal Farm", "Keep the Aspidistra Flying"...


I would like to share with you today; A Clergyman's Daughter by George Orwell.



The book is in three parts: her life in the parish, her life on the road and her life in recovery. The first part neatly mirrors the others.


I wasn't satisfied with this the play-written chapter (good for George Orwell that he tried something different to get across the sense of mayhem).


But generally, writing style is as good as every Orwell novel, and the topic is interesting enough to continually return to in order to find out what was going to happen next. His characters are wonderfully developed and entirely believable.

The most interesting part for me was the feelings expressed by the teacher due to the policy pursued by the private school administration.

As an old private school student, I realised this policy thanks to this book. That's why the topic was so impressive for me.



“Those things don’t really matter. I mean, things like having no money and not having enough to eat. Even when you’re practically starving - it doesn’t change anything inside you. Oh well, it’s beastly while it’s happening, of course; but it doesn’t make any real difference; it’s the things that happen inside you that matter.’ ‘Meaning?’ said Mr. Warburton. ‘Oh - things change in your mind. And then the whole world changes, because you look at it differently.” /George Orwell
“Nothing in the world is quite so irritating as dealing with mutinous children.” /George Orwell
“The parents sat round watching, and in their crass faces—faces not harsh or evil, only blunted by ignorance and mean virtues—you could see a solemn approval, a solemn pleasure in the spectacle of sin rebuked.” /George Orwell
“The parents sat round watching, and in their crass faces—faces not harsh or evil, only blunted by ignorance and mean virtues—you could see a solemn approval, a solemn pleasure in the spectacle of sin rebuked.” /George Orwell
“Now then, Dorothy! No snivelling, please! It all comes right somehow if you trust in God. Matthew vi. 35. The Lord will provide.” /George Orwell

“It is a mysterious thing, the loss of faith... as mysterious as faith itself.”

“And in every detail of your life, if no ultimate purpose redeemed it, there was a quality of greyness, of desolation, that could never be described, but which you could feel like a physical pang at your heart. Life, if the grave really ends it, is monstrous and dreadful. No use trying to argue it away. Think of life as it really is, think of the details of life; and then think that there is no meaning in it, no purpose, no goal except the grave. Surely only fools or self-deceivers, or those whose lives are exceptionally fortunate, can face that thought without flinching?” /George Orwell
“Women who do not marry wither up - they wither up like aspidistras in back-parlour windows; and the devilish thing is that they don’t even know they’re withering.” /George Orwell
“It was a life that wore you out, used up every ounce of your energy, and kept you profoundly, unquestionably happy. In the literal sense of the word, it stupefied you. The long days in the fields, the coarse food and insufficient sleep, the smell of hops and wood smoke, lulled you into an almost beastlike heaviness. Your wits seemed to thicken, just as your skin did, in the rain and sunshine and perpetual fresh air.” /George Orwell
“But of course we must never forget, Mrs. Pither, that there’s a better world coming. This life is only a time of trial—just to strengthen us and teach us to be patient, so that we’ll be ready for Heaven when the time comes.” /George Orwell
“There are two kinds of avaricious person—the bold, grasping type who will ruin you if he can, but who never looks twice at twopence, and the petty miser who has not the enterprise actually to MAKE money, but who will always, as the saying goes, take a farthing from a dunghill with his teeth.” /George Orwell


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