Thursday, September 14, 2006


I've only recently read this book and I found it startlingly good. Startlingly scary too.

Orwell's vision of a dystopian future seems remarkably prescient, given everything that's happening in the world right now. Although many deny it, we are being thought controlled, whether by advertising, or something more covert, and our personal liberties are being eroded at an ever faster rate. We even had a situation recently where local councils in the UK started secretly putting spy bugs into rubbish bins.

I've just started on Brave New World by Huxley and it's equally scary. More of the same, really. It's difficult to think that we don't have the slightest idea of how much we're manipulated.

That said, I'm not sure how we go about retrieving our freedoms. Perhaps we don't even want to anymore.


At 7:03 AM, Blogger Sam said...

These books were required reading in high school where I live. They are amazing, aren't they?
the movie, "V for Vendetta" is much like this and so is "The Land of the Blind" (an excellent find)

At 7:20 AM, Blogger Amin said...

Sam,I agree with you about how amazing they are. Scary too.

I've managed a long time without ever reading them and I so wish I'd read them when I was young. I think they would have helped me make some sense of the world.

I'll take your recommendation on V and Land of the Blind and check them out. Thanks for stopping by.

I've just read your post about your sister, btw, and commented on your blog about it.


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