Sunday, November 9, 2008

George Orwell

Animal Farm is another of my favorite classical novels, written by the amazing writer George Orwell, published in 1945. It is one of the most famous satirical allegories of 'Soviet totalitarianism'. The book describes 'the events leading up to and during the Stalin era before World War II'. Filled with symbolism, it cleverly shows how important people in history can be indentified with the characteristics and behaviours of everyday farm animals. The reader is challenged to stretch his mind in order to understand, in an insightful, intellectual way, the full intention of the author. Being 'chosen by Time Magazine as one of the 100 best English-language novels (1923 to 2005), and [being] number 31 on the Modern Library List of Best 20th-Century Novels', definitely proves that this book is a must-read! I absolutely understand parts of history on a deeper level after reading George Orwell's books. Although, I question whether anything has really changed in a lot of societies today - look around.
Nineteen Eighty-Four is a novel about Winston Smith, and 'his degradation by the totalitarian state in which he lives'. Being among the most 'famous and cited dystopias in literature', many of the terms and phrases used in the book have become frequently used in today's society in order to describe totalitarian societies. "Big Brother is watching you" is used to describe any act of surveillance that is perceived to be invasive.

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