1984 by George Orwell, Erich Fromm (EPUB, MOBI)
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.
Simply put, George Orwell‘s 1984 is unquestionably the most memorable and MOST DISTURBING vision of a world gone mad utterly bat-shit psycho that I have ever experienced. Ever!!! Despite being published back in 1948, I have yet to find a more chilling, nightmarish locale than Orwell’s iconic world of BIG BROTHER and INGSOC. The very mention of either of those terms invokes images of Nazis and Soviet gulags in my mind. Yet Orwell’s creation is in many ways even more insidious than these real-world bogeymen.
This book is like the dystopian Lord of the Rings, with its richly developed culture and economics, not to mention a fully developed language called Newspeak, or rather more of the anti-language, whose purpose is to limit speech and understanding instead of to enhance and expand it. The world-building is so fully fleshed out and spine-tinglingly terrifying that it’s almost as if George travelled to such a place, escaped from it, and then just wrote it all down.
This book is bleak, dreary, frightening, upsetting and absolutely BRILLIANT and one of my “All Time Favorite” novels.