Sunday, August 07, 2011

1984 by George Orwell

I recently re-read 1984 by George Orwell.  I had read it in high school, but that was, well, shall we say more than a few years ago.  I wanted to read it again because I didn't remember details of the story, and it is truly a classic.  This is where familiar terms such as Big Brother, Thought Police, Newspeak, Doublespeak, and Thoughtcrime originated.  It's a rare book that can introduce so many new words into the common vocabulary.  It's a frightening look into a totalitarian future, made all the more frightening as it becomes more and more real.  It was published in 1949.  It was my 8th book for the Off the Shelf Reading Challenge 2011 and I rate it 4 out of 5.

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