Tuesday Book Club: Nineteen Eighty-Four

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1984

“Who controls the past controls the present. Who controls the present controls the future”

Nineteen Eighty-Four is a consuming text. I can’t read anything else right now. I’m most concerned with how history is rewritten and edited to serve the Party’s current needs. I can’t help but wonder how recent world-shattering events will be rendered into history: Who is at fault? Who hurt whom more severely? Who will be memorialized?

How do these present events and their representations in our past affect our future?

Have you read Nineteen Eighty-Four? Were you as disturbed by it as I am? I’m about a third of the way through and am simultaneously enthralled and repulsed.ย I’d love to hear your thoughts. For being well over 60 years old, I think the text still has some relevant and timely questions worth pondering.

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4 thoughts on “Tuesday Book Club: Nineteen Eighty-Four

  1. I loved this book and refer to it all the time, but I don’t think I could read it again. George Orwell was scarily accurate, and I think if I read it again I would just redouble my cynicism and negativity. CCTV cameras are everywhere, the internet is both the most liberating and readily abused power in the world right now, and super-corporations are dictating government actions. I fully believe in every individual’s power to do good, but we could so easily slip into a new dictatorship disguised as democracy or the free market (though I think Orwell was referring to communism from his experience in the Spanish Civil War). Wow, thanks for bringing this book to the front of my mind again! It’s scary, but it’s also a testament to our own self-awareness that this book is still read today. Did you end up finishing it? What did you think of the ending?

    • I completely agree! It’s scarily reflective of our current times, especially in developing countries. It’s both timeless and timely. It’s one of a handful of books that should definitely be considered required reading!

      The ending: so bleak! Gah! I was left feeling really cold and afraid that Winston was able to be so fully transformed and brainwashed. The torturing was really difficult for me to read, but in a more subtle context I can see similar treatments being carried out in today’s media. Yikes!

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