Saturday, January 30, 2010

30. Nineteen Eighty-Four

"1984" by George Orwell is one of the books my son Dale has to read for year 12 English. I have heard this book referred to many times but have actually not read it myself. I now intend to read it and find out why it is referred to and what is its relevance to the 1984 Apple ad. Steve Jobs said, "Was George Orwell right about 1984?"

In 1984 I had a one year old daughter and was back at work full time. My world changed and had become pivitol to my family. In fact I did not take much notice of any news or world happenings for the 80's. Having babies and young toddlers puts you in another world. You become so intensely involved with these little beings that all other things go by without you noticing or paying attention. As I had 2 children in the 80's and two in the 90's I lost 2 decades.

So 1984, will I enjoy the read or find it hard work? Anyone else read 1984?


  1. 1984 was just a date in the future. That s why Orwell used it. He wrote it shortly after the second world war.

    If you read it you will see that GB exactly developed in that direction. Today it is not fiction anymore. It s a manual for Blair and all the other politicians.

    If people say 1984 sucks they dont mean the book, btw.

  2. It is going to make you think jenny and then have some great conversations with your son!

  3. Thx for the comments. Sounds like it will be interesting. Hope I can make time to read it.