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The Book Wallah – “Why Orwell Matters” – Christopher Hitchens

July 2nd, 2011 · No Comments · Atheism, Christianity, Religion

There is also the hilarious scene depicting the itinerant ‘book-wallah’, in Burmese Days: His system of exchange was that for any book in his bundle you gave him four annas, and any other book. Not quite any book, however, for the book-wallah, though analphabetic, had learned to recognise and refuse a Bible. ‘No, sahib,’ he would say plaintively, ‘no. This book’ (he would turn it over disapprovingly in his flat brown hands) ‘this book with a black cover and gold letters — this one I cannot take. I know not how it is, but all sahibs are offering me this book, and none are taking it. What can it be that is in this black book? Some evil, undoubtedly.’


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