#Friday56 & #BookBeginnings: 1984


It was a bright cold day in April, and the clocks were striking thirteen.
- p. 1

For Friday 56:
The whole literature of the past will have destroyed. Chaucer, Milton, Byron -- they'll exist only in Newspeak versions, not merely changed into something different, but actually changed into something contradictory of what they used to be.
- p. 56

About 1984 by George Orwell*: The year 1984 has come and gone, but George Orwell's prophetic, nightmarish vision in 1949 of the world we were becoming is timelier than ever. 1984 is still the great modern classic of "negative utopia" -a startlingly original and haunting novel that creates an imaginary world that is completely convincing, from the first sentence to the last four words. No one can deny the novel's hold on the imaginations of whole generations, or the power of its admonitions -a power that seems to grow, not lessen, with the passage of time.

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I've finally gotten around to reading 1984. I'm hooked. It's scary as hell.  This classic has made a comeback and is flying off the shelves, warranting a massive reprint. A timeless message indeed.

Have you read 1984? Thoughts?



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