Shovelmonkey1’s review of 1984
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Dec 08, 2011 12:02AM
This book is an important read as we are 10 years into the same conflict. Orwell wrote it in the face of the military-industrial complex Eisenhower warned us about, but it is every bit as poignant here (as is Starship Troopers, I contend). War is peace. Work is freedom. We have always been at war with X.
There is often talk in the US about Big Brother, and admittedly, we have some disturbing tendencies- read Bamford's book about the NSA reading everything you do on the internet and you'll see what I mean. However, Britain both has and uses closed circuit television far more than we do. Their near-ubiquitous deployment has made them another method of law enforcement. Also, for all of the ill-informed, over-privileged American leftists who think all of Europe's states to be imitated, American civil liberties, however seemingly damaged during the Bush administration (and not changed under this President, either) far outstrip most of what we consider 'Western Europe.' Now, step outside our borders, and you are never safe from us (and the international legal implications of such actions are a different debate). But in America, you will be accorded due process.
Astonishingly, this might not even be Orwell's best book- Homage to Catalonia was the most poignant war memoir I've ever read, and my second favorite non-fiction book ever. Also, the 'Some are more equal than others' line from Animal Farm is my favorite Orwell quote.
Dec 08, 2011 12:10AM
Hi Owen thanks for your comments. They were far superior to my review in terms of academic content! I have only read this book, animal farm and a collection of Orwells essays but intend to get to all of his work eventually. Will definitely get a copy of Catalonia soon.
Dec 09, 2011 09:03AM
Thanks. I've been reading your reviews and am happy to finally have managed to read one of the same books. You are a prolific reader (or at the very least, reviewer)
Dec 09, 2011 09:14AM
Ha! Thanks Owen, and thanks for reading my reviews. Some of them are serious and some of them are just a sort of endless outpouring of my mind onto paper (but not in the scary way like Kevin Spacey in Se7en). I can confirm that I have read all the books I've reviewed here. I have a backlog list of books which I've read and not listed here and reviewed so every week I try to add one or two more.
Sep 10, 2012 05:21AM
Wow, reading it in the circumstances you describe must have made it all the more powerful. (And thanks for the tips about spotting Jordanian security.)
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