George Orwell: Nineteen Eighty-Four

George Orwell: Nineteen Eighty-Four
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Nineteen Eighty-Four - George Orwell - The essential backstory to the creation and meaning of George Orwells Nineteen Eighty-Four, one of the most important books of the 20th centuryand now the 21stSince its publication more than 70 years ago, George Orwells Nineteen Eighty-Four has been regarded as one of the most influential novels of the modern age. Politicians have testified to its influence on their intellectual identities, rock musicians have made records about it, TV viewers watch a reality show named for it, and a White House spokesperson tells of alternative facts. The world we live in is often described as an Orwellian one, awash in inescapable surveillance and invasions of privacy.On Nineteen Eighty-Four dives deep into Orwells life to chart his earlier writings and key moments in his youth, such as his years at a boarding school, whose strict and charismatic headmaster shaped the idea of Big Brother. Taylor tells the story of the writing of the book, taking readers to the Scotland Island of Jura, where Orwell, newly famous thanks to Animal Farm but coping with personal tragedy and rapidly declining health, struggled to finish the novel. Published during the Cold Wara term Orwell coinedTaylor elucidates the environmental influences on the book. Then he examines Nineteen Eighty-Fours post-publication life, including its role as a tool to understand our language, politics, and government.In a current climate where truth, surveillance, censorship, and critical thinking are contentious, Orwells work is necessary. Written with resonant and reflective analysis, On Nineteen Eighty-Four is both brilliant and remarkably timely.

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