Some thoughts on the Common Toad by George Orwell

“At this period, after his first Long fast, the toad has a very spiritual look, like a strict Anglo Catholic towards the end of lent.” – p. 1

4.2/5 🐸

I love George Orwell’s writing 💕 in this little book of interesting essay bites, he takes on politics, literature and nature 🍃 My favourite essay is easily the one on the common toad. 


“How many a time i have stood watching the toads mating, or a pair of hares having a boxing match in the young corn and thought of all the important persons who would stop me enjoying this if they could. But luckily they can’t.” p. 6 


This book is a series of book-lets (if you will), ranging from P.G Wodehouse to King Lear, to shooting an elephant in Burma and to Leo Tolstoy.

There’s also a funny (farcical) and little known bit about Leo Tolstoy and how he feels that Shakespeare is a sham and the entire world 🌎 except for himself is blinded by his nonsense! (I mean, the guy even published pamphlets devaluing Shakespeare) Shocking, for someone like Leo Tolstoy. 

Orwell re-writes this strange Tolstoy episode like this: 

“The whole civilised world has somehow been deluded into thinking Shakespeare a good writer, like the craze for tulip growing 🌷 which once swept over Holland.”


Find out why Tolstoy hates him in the book! 🙀

Curiosity level: 😺 (Satisfied for common toad knowledge ;))

Goodreads rated it 3.92/5:


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