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August Books 4) Nineteen Eighty-Four

4) Nineteen Eighty-Four, by George Orwell

Managed to read this on the way to Worldcon and in the rare insomniac moments while there. Of course I must have read it a couple of times as a teenager but it's always interesting to come back to it. Just a few things that struck me on rereading:
  1. It's not so much a novel as a set of political statements framed as tragedy.
  2. There is, however, a genuine moment of suspense for the first time reader when we don't know if O'Brien is really a counter-revolutionary or not.
  3. Julia as a character is better drawn than I remembered. I think that when I first read the book I was hoping she would "really" be as ideological as Winston, but in fact her approach is an important contrast to his. "You are only a revolutionary from the waist down" is one of the most important lines in the book.
  4. Room 101, taken on its own, actually isn't very terrifying - it only acquires its impact from what has come before. But it does give the plot another element of suspense after the main question - will they manage to overthrow Big Brother or not? - has been answered.
Little more need be said.


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Aug. 10th, 2005 01:53 am (UTC)
It's also a post-nuclear novel, I realized.
Aug. 11th, 2005 09:25 am (UTC)
interesting book
i re=read it a while ago and was pleasantly suprised to find it a very good read indeed. certainly it is a political tract but it does have some fine moments in and the end, where he is 'free' to wander until some unknown time of his arrest is truly horrible.

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