1984: An understanding


It was a good book.

Apart from the fact that the first third of the book could be a bit shorter, I liked it quite a lot at the end of it, but something is not quite right and it needs to be changed before really understanding the author. I live in a totally different time as he did, I am surrounded by screens (by choice thankfully, not like Winston), have not seen war in my lifetime and other.

I need to see what was his life experience, so here’s a list of facts from George Orwell’s lifetime (25 June 1903 – 21 January 1950):

  • 1903: Wilbur and Orville Wright made four brief flights at Kitty Hawk with their first powered aircraft. The Wright brothers had invented the first successful airplane. (External link)
  • 1906: Radio broadcasting
  • 1914: First World War started
  • 1918: First World War ended
  • 1925: The TV was invented, so he knew about it for quite a while until the book was published (1949)
  • 1928: Invention of Penicillin
  • 1939: Second World War started
  • 1945: Second World War ended

There. The man was alive for both world wars, so of course, there’s his writing material about the dystopian country and the TV thing is granted unique as he used it as sort of bidirectional surveillance system, not just as a image rendering box.

I’m glad I researched a bit about the book, I can understand it a bit better now.


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