1984 : was it so long ago ?
December 6, 2008, 12:58 pm
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I just finished my “second” reading of George Orwell’s 1984 (my first was 15 years ago, when I was just 12 — and I realize now it was a comic book adaptation!) and I have to say I’m stunned by how good this novel is.  Orwell’s style is a crazy blend of wit, suspense and penmanship that is rarely found. Usually, one has to sacrifice pace for style, or suspence for deepness. But not here. Orwell carfts a story so compelling and thrilling, while provoking an explosion of neurones in your brain.

It must not be surprising for anyone reading this post to learn that this book is  simply one of the best works of science fiction (science fiction, really?) ever written.  Drop the Science, let me also say it’s probably one of the best works of fiction! The story surprises you at every turn, but not in a thriller kind of way. It just takes unexpected philosophical turns, with long moments of reflection, pondering on society and how we function as human beings.

Frankly, I’m a bit freaked out by the book, because so much of what he was talking about, back in the 50s, is now common practice. Apart from the totalitarian aspect of it, we can argue that society today is governed by single, extreme ideas that aim at making everyone similar and devoid of originality.

I don’t want to talk about it more than that. All I will say is that this is a must-read and you should get your copy ASAP.

PS: I’m told the film adaptation is terrific. So that’s my next step. Watch out for an update on this blog.

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excellent effectivement
tu devrais lire globalia de rufin, tres bon aussi

et j’imagine que tu as lu le meilleur des mondes au même âge 🙂 tes lectures expliquent pas mal de choses !

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