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Viciously Underestimating Power

secretCharles writes about Nineteen Eighty-Four

George Orwell


Book: Nineteen Eighty-Four.
Author: George Orwell

Encapsulated. Would you recommend this? why?

It's capable of making anyone stand up and fight a system. I've already written about such a society in my first novel. 1984 was a nightmare novel that showed just how much state dependency can make you weak: what if you relyed on the country so much that you can no longer be provided with your every needs.

Time and Space: When and where I first encountered it

1984 was first introduced to me in a BBC documentary on Nigel Kneale's work just a few years ago.

Recollection and revelations

I couldn't find a DVD on the adaptation so I bought the book to understand one of the greatest literary masterpieces of all time. Just after I read it I relised how I could make comparisons to our own government as it is today. But I know the sci-fi community is mostly non-politically motivated so I'll leave my point to stand with my book.

Before this...

V for Vendetta

Just as the film was coming out, I decided to make better sense of totalitarianism backdrop by finding out more.

After This

Doctor Who novels

The first batch of Tenth Doctor books came out shortly after and I wanted to feast on those before anything else.

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