1984 – George Orwell

Sjanger: Dystopi
Først utgitt: 1949
Denne utgaven utgitt: 2008
Forlag: Penguin
Format: Heftet
ISBN: 9780141036144
Sider: 326

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Om boka: Winston Smith works for the Ministry of Truth in London, chief city of Airstrip one. Big Brother stares out from every poster, the Thought Police uncover every act of betrayal. When Winston finds love with Julia, he discovers that life does not have to be dull and deadening, and awakens new possibilities. Despite the police helicopters that hover and circle overhead, Winston and Julia begin to question the Party; they are drawn towards conspiracy. Tet Big Brother will not tolerate dissent – even in the mind. For those with original thoughts they invented Room 101…
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Handlingen er lagt til 1984, og dette er George Orwells skremmende fremtidsvisjon fra 1949. Jeg hadde boken stående i hylla mi et par år før jeg tok mot til meg og blåste støv av den, og nå ønsker jeg at jeg hadde gjort dette mye tidligere. Da jeg gikk på videregående sa min eksentriske medieproduksjonslærer at «hvis man bare skal lese en eneste bok i hele sitt liv, må man lese 1984.» Jeg sier meg helt enig.

As he looked at the woman in her characteristic attitude, her thick arms reaching up for the line, her powerful mare-like buttocks protruded, it struck him for the first time that she was beautiful. It had never before occured to him that the body of a woman of fifty, blown up to monstrous dimensions by childbearing, then hardened, roughened by work till it was course in the grain like an over-ripe turnip, could be beautiful. But it was so, and after all, he thought, why not?

Gjennom hele boka satt jeg med en knugende følelse i magen, en som betød noe sånt som «dette kommer aldri til å gå bra, du kan ikke vinne,» og den knugende følelsen satt der lenge etter at jeg var ferdig med boka. Boka er drøye 60 år gammel og minst like aktuell i dag – den setter seg fast i leseren og tvinger den til å se. Til tross for at noen aspekter er overdrevet, blir man sittende igjen å tenke på likheter til dagens samfunn. Min konklusjon er enkel: Les den. Du kommer neppe til å angre.

It was curious to think that the sky was the same for everybody, in Eurasia or Eastasia as well as here.

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2 Responses to “1984 – George Orwell”


  1. 1 Mamma'n mars 13, 2010, kl. 23:04

    Neimen hei du!

    Blir bra dette også:)


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