The year 1984 is finally upon us, and George Orwell's prophetic, nightmare vision in 1984 of the world we were becoming is timelier than ever. 1984 is still the great modern classic of "Negative Utopia" - a startling original and powerful novel that ...
creates and imaginary world that is completely convincing from the first sentence to the last four words.
"Seldom has a books provided a greater wealth of symbols for its age and for the generations to follow, and seldom have literary symbols been invested with so much power.
"None can deny its power, its hold on the imaginations of whole generations, nor the power of its admonitions, a power that seems to grow rather than lessen with the passage of time... 1984 may not arrive on time, but there's always 1985."
Rating: 3.5/5 starsIt was fascinatingly creepy learning bit by bit the world described by Orwell. A sick, degenerated reality that seems just like the perfect setting for a dystopian novel, but that in truth disturbingly has got some common points
..."mon points with the world we live in. Mental manipulation, centralized power, constant control, suppressed social classes... do they remind you of something? It was as if Orwell had already foreseen the future, or simply understood the human nature.
Of course it wasn't an easy read nor a light one, because stopping to reflect is simply inevitable and sometimes even confusing, but it's without any doubt a book that everybody should read. It really makes you become more open-minded and critical towards what surrounds you. Secondly, it was one of the few books I enjoyed even if they were mostly descriptive (particularly in the first part). But it was really intriguing witnessing that distressing society through the eyes of an oblivious rebel, how he came to the point that he saw himself as crazy because he couldn't even discern between his real memories and what the government claimed was The Truth.
The only part I had some struggles with was the one in the middle: it consists in three chapters of the book circulating among the political opponents and is totally theoretical, exactly like a textbook.Continua...Nascondi
This is a tough book, the toughest I’ve read and possibly one of the toughest ever written. It’s a book you should read when you’re actually ready for it, because you’re in for a huge blow.I was surprised to see that so many details of what
..."ls of what Orwell described as the “ultimate dictatorship” were actually true and so many of the strategies and dynamics he portrayed actually happened in many former-communist countries. What he described as Thought Police, Thoughtcrime and mind/reality control may not have happened exactly as he foresaw, but the techniques and protocols actually enforced in many countries were very similar, the fear-ridden and sick society he described resembles so much what you can now read in essays from historians and memoirs from dissidents. What surprised me even more is that he wrote this between 1946/1948 – how could he know so much then about what was already happening in some areas of the world and was about to happen in years to come? Yes, the purges in USSR had already occurred – Orwell himself experienced something similar relating to his affiliation with the POUM Spanish Communist Party during the Spanish Civil War and he may have well read Arthur Koestler – but still, how could he know?
But apart from that, his bleak view on humanity, even leaving aside Communism and its fall, is still striking and relevant. Probably even more so, now that (most) ideology-based-governments have failed and collapsed and indifference, selfishness, greed and lust for power are the distinctive features of our society.
This book is actually an essay in the form of a novel – a gripping and mind-blowing novel at that. What really matters here is not merely a historical analysis of what actually happened or what may have happened in the decades Orwell was writing about, or what may still happen, for that matter. What Orwell really offers here is a prophetic vision focusing on the (im)balance of power and strength, on control exerted on the individuals by elites worldwide, in any historical era, whatever the political (or religious!) stance. The issue here is human nature, instinct, identity, the power of memory and its distortion, exploitation and manipulation. It’s about violence and weakness, about our own will/(in?)ability to stay alive, to preserve our identity and freedom, to remain conscious and not become just hollow shells. If only he could see us now. Continua...Nascondi
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4 mesi faOnce upon a time this was considered high school reading material.... Too bad it's not now. They should have at least kept 'animal farm' ... There is a whole generation that does not really understand references to 'Big Brother' ot to 'All animals are equal, but some are more equal then others' ... Orwell is not unique in predicting the outcome of a socialist society ... They saw an example in front of them of Nazi Germany ... Also I'm sure he read Hayek's "The road to Serfdom' ... Which explained in, dry, pedantic, and no uncertain terms, why it HAS to happen this way regardless of the intent of the original revolutionaries.
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"Sometimes" she said, "they threaten you with something - something you can't stand up to, can't even think about. And then you say 'Don't do it to me, do it to somebody else, do it to so-and-so.' And perhaps you might pretend, afterwards, that it
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"[...]Power is not a means, it is an end. One does not establish a dictatorship in order to safeguard a revolution; one makes the revolution in order to establish the dictatorship. The object of persecution is persecution. The object of torture is
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"How can I help seeing what is in front of my eyes? Two and two are four." "Sometimes, Winston. Sometimes they are five. Sometimes they are three. Sometimes they are all of them at once. You must try harder. It is not easy to become sane."
"[...]I've got a wife and three children. The biggest of them isn't six years old. You can take the whole lot of them and cut their throats in front of my eyes, and I'll stand by and watch it. But not room 101!"