I read this book because it is a classic dystopian novel. I thought it was about time I saw for myself what it was all about. Some parts I found fascinating, but there were parts I had to skim. My mind was wandering anyway. These passages were when Orwell got super philosophical and went on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on . . . Okay, repetitive. Very repetitive. Did I say, repetitive? Would that word be allowed in the final, or even the latest edition, of Newspeak? I don't know. The answer might be in the appendix, The Principles of Newspeak, but I skimmed that part. I don't know if I wholeheartedly believed a society like this could exist for long. As Regina King said in "Enemy of the State," "Well, who's going to monitor the monitors of the monitors?" And frankly, the lowest class in a society if kept down unfairly for too long, will eventually rebel because they have nothing to lose. That class isn't being monitored in this book and have the freedom, it seemed to me, to organize. I did like the main character and I cared what happened to him. That counts for a lot. I don't know how realistic it is that governing people in a position of power in this awful society would be more interested in seeing this kind of world, this sort of society, live forever at the expense of their own lives. Some. Maybe. But a society so cruel and heartless and soulless. Seems like they'd be more interested in themselves. Now, see, that is what I found good about this novel. It made me think. It made me wonder. It made me glad that there are no Thought Police and I hope there never are.
Here goes . . .
I write novels. I've written screenplays, short stories, newsletters, business communications and articles. I'm not great at thank you notes. My sister is, but she doesn't know it. I'm not much for blogging. Don't have something to say worth reading everyday. But this is a blog and we'll see what turns up.