In a previous post I mentioned how I've recently come into ownership of lots of old books.
Well, I've just discovered one of my absolute favourites at the bottom of one of the cardboard boxes - Nineteen Eighty-Four, by George Orwell.
What a lucky find!! I've read it in hardback form a couple of times many years ago, but never actually owned it myself. This version is a 1955 paperback, in pretty good condition, and will be read over the next few days
|Nineteen Eighty-Four (sometimes written 1984) is a 1949 dystopian novel by George Orwell about an oligarchical, collectivist society. Life in the Oceanian province of Airstrip One is a world of perpetual war, pervasive government surveillance, and incessant public mind control. The individual is always subordinated to the state, and it is in part this philosophy which allows the Party to manipulate and control humanity. In the Ministry of Truth (Minitrue, in Newspeak), protagonist Winston Smith is a civil servant responsible for perpetuating the Party's propaganda by revising historical records to render the Party omniscient and always correct, yet his meagre existence disillusions him to the point of seeking rebellion against Big Brother|
Anyone else read this book?
If you've never had the chance, I'd strongly recommend it, even for it's age I think it still has relevance today.
2 blog comments below
Great find, watersoul. I think I will mark this one for a re-read over the winter.
standready on Fri Nov 12, 2010 12:56 am
Definitely do it standready,such a good thought provoking book
watersoul on Fri Nov 12, 2010 1:08 am