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Discussion in 'Off-Topic' started by peterk123, May 17, 2019.
Damn.... How did he know?
Must have colluded with Huxley.
Truth, as they say, it stranger than fiction... Scary isn't it?
Or, as I like to say, fiction is always based on truth
Well, he was British!
Because he used thought and reason.
What’s amazing to me is how few people have read it.
I’m 45. I talk to people my age +or- 5 years. And the vast number of those have never read it and some have never heard of it.
And that’s how it happens.
ETA he wrote a ton of nonfiction too. Nobody but me has apparently read any of it. Hell, they made a relatively decent movie, as good as you can make a movie from a book, and nobody’s seen that either!
But everyone remembers the Apple Big Brother commercial.
Sad, isn't it? The warning was right there and yet countless fools ignored it. Now, it is upon us.
1984 should be required reading for every high school and college student.
come on, he was OFF by a good 15, maybe 20 years!!! Way off!
Well, he was British!....
The last time I went to England, the only people I met that weren't pussy liberals
Were the old WWII vets!
It was when I was in high school
Huh? No idea.
Also read Fahrenheit 451.
Animal farm just showed up at my house should be able to rip through it then I toss it on the shelf next to 1984
“If you want a picture of the future, imagine a boot stamping on a human face—for ever.”
Ok, so not everybody remembers it.
I read it in high school....in 1984
Animal Farm, 1984 should be required reading, including Atlas Shrugged.
I read 1984 around 1964 or 65 and thought to myself "that shit will never happen" boy was I wrong.
Atlas is on the shelf just haven't gotten to it
Orwell knew because Orwell experienced the "boot" of exported, militant socialism/communism as a volunteer during the Spanish Civil War. Orwell hated the Stalinist methods of the USSR, who was supposed to be the Republicans' ally in the war. Orwell also spent the start of his career as a policeman in Burma. Unlike most authors, Orwell saw some shit in life.
Yeah, but there'd be a significant percentage that would say, "Well, some of it was a bit harsh, but they had the right idea.
Wasn't he also a socialist? I graduated in 2000 and I read 1984 in high school.
Those people don't need a user manual, they'll act on their own. The sadder and more prevalent group is the apathetic ones who either don't read the book or read it and have no desire to comprehend.
Kinda. Wikipedia says he was a democratic socialist. His experience in the Spanish Civil War and as a propaganda writer during WW2 formulated his ideas for 1984. Basically Orwell saw what he perceived to be the future of post-WW2 Britain and wrote it down. Some things, he is vividly on point on. Others, he luckily is not, like global nuclear Armageddon leading to the creation of superstates and total war. There hasn't been total war since WW2.
Never read it. Should I? Serious. Have a long healing stretch ahead of me. Anyone want to lend a copy? Suppose e books has it.
Yes, read the book. You should be able to get a copy from any library.
Took an entire course on dystopian novels at Umass. It amazed me that so many of my classmates missed the juxtaposition of that course with our others.
It was in my english class back on the early 90s.
Brave new world
Stranger in a Strange Land (great album too!)
All quiet in the Western Front
English teacher wore wool socks & birks but knew what was up.
ETA: 1st karma i won on NES was a set of the 1st 3 in that list. Currently on loan to locals. Will re-karma.
Not to hijack but read Fahrenheit 451, There are parts in it that are coming true today.
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