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Utterly terrifying.

darrenhf writes about Nineteen Eighty-Four

George Orwell


Book: Nineteen Eighty-Four.
Author: George Orwell

Encapsulated. Would you recommend this? why?

For the most terrifying vision of a human future, this is it. It continues to inform science fiction to this very day. That it foretells too much of a our current political system says it all.

Time and Space: When and where I first encountered it

Required reading at school. One of the few times that they got it right.

Recollection and revelations

The scariest words ever written finish off this book - 'He loved Big Brother'. the good guys don't win, humans can be broken and a corrupt and evil state can continue. That's a revelation for a young mind.

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