Feeling Scottish II…

March 15, 2009 at 7:12 pm (books, Magazines and newspapers, Scotland)

Not to mention, downright synchronous. Because six days ago I posted “Feeling Scottish,” and lo! here is an article  on visiting Jura in the Travel section of  the Sunday Washington Post. (Yes – that’s the same Washington Post that recently discontinued the much-beloved Book World insert.)

As its title implies, Paul McHugh’s “Finding Orwell’s Source of Hope” is primarily about the author of 1984 and  his island hideaway and only incidentally about Jura itself.  McHugh does note that once you’ve made the trek to Barnhill, “…you appreciate the isle of Jura as Scotland’s best wilderness, home to 5,000 red deer but only 170 people.”

One small quibble concerning this piece: McHugh states that “Blair [Orwell’s real name] attended college at Eton.”  Eton College – the name can be misleading, especially for Americans – is an independent preparatory school whose students range in age from 13 to 18. Almost all of them go on to university, with approximately one third of those matriculating at either Oxford or Cambridge.(Orwell himself did not receive any higher education. His family had no money for it, and he was apparently not a candidate for a scholarship.)

Eric Arthur Blair, better known as George Orwell

Eric Arthur Blair, better known as George Orwell

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