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1984 by George Orwell
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Aug 17, 10

bookshelves: classics, ebook, dystopian-post-apocalyptic
Read from August 10 to 11, 2010

Brilliant. Mind-blowing. This novel gave me much more to think about than 'Inception' did. At first I wasn't sure I would like this novel since it was evident from the first page that it was literary political social science fiction (really, what could be a more boring topic to a pleasure reader like myself?). But Orwell proved me wrong. His clear and unaffected prose (no Nabokovian air in here, and it 1984 was written about 8 years earlier than 'Lolita') lured me in, and before I knew it, I was drawn in silent horror as the life of Winston Smith unfolded before my eyes, a kind of waking nightmare that is almost akin to death. It may be a literary work, full of ideas, but this does not detract from the enjoyment of reading. I was genuinely worried for the safety of Winston, surprised at the turn of his life and relationship with Julia, and even more flabbergasted when in the end things were not as they seemed, and everything was pulled inside-out.
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