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    1984

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    George Orwell - 1984

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    Re: 1984

    I read it years ago and although it was a fascinating insight into the future of democracy as seen from a post-war viewpoint (and how close to reality has Orwell (Blair) actually come?), I was sickened by the image of rats gnawing at Winston Smith's face and so wouldn't want to read it again!

    If you like stories of authority gone mad, have you read Lord of the Flies by William Golding? If you enjoyed 1984 you'd enjoy that too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rapunzel View Post
    I read it years ago and although it was a fascinating insight into the future of democracy as seen from a post-war viewpoint (and how close to reality has Orwell (Blair) actually come?), I was sickened by the image of rats gnawing at Winston Smith's face and so wouldn't want to read it again!

    If you like stories of authority gone mad, have you read Lord of the Flies by William Golding? If you enjoyed 1984 you'd enjoy that too.
    Actually it was a warning about where communism could lead-as was animal farm. Orwell had become thoroughly disillusioned about communism during the Spanish civil war when they tried to kill him.

    It's come quite close to reality in that we will lose our freedoms gradually. The state claiming the need to do away with trials in the interests of security and everyone believing them. We have a party with 35% of the vote but 100% of the power running the country and an unelected Prime minister leading a party where there are c-very few ordinary members and the few there are have little say in how the club is run. ID cards and everyone movements being monitored You don't have to look very far to see newspeak in action. On the other hand 1984 also gave us the words we can use to combat it.

    When I was at school it was one of the set titles for the higher, wonder if it still is.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Accountable View Post
    Sit back and have a read.



    George Orwell - 1984

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    We didn't cover 1984 at school although we did cover Lord of the Flies.
    1984 was a surreal and extreme view of a communist society hoodwinked to believe they had choice. For instance, they could choose what TV channel they wanted to watch but they actually got the channel that the majority chose and so on. Their behaviour was heavily controlled psychologically but they believed that it was their own choice of behaviour.
    It is one of those stories that, on the one hand, beggars belief that it could ever happen. Yet, on the other, it pulls at underlying conspiratorial emotions.

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    We read that at school, and Animal Farm. I liked the concept of Double Speak.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Accountable View Post
    Sit back and have a read.



    George Orwell - 1984
    By far my favorite book in the known universe.
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    Just some food for thought. Swallow it or not that's up to you.

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