I don't get why it's so influential. I don't understand warning the people about fascism after the second world war. Surely people got the picture after Hitler and Stalin It hasn't been prophetic. I feel like everything this book was trying to do, Brave New World did better, and with far more literary merit.
Could it be that 1984 and Brave New World were so influential in the West due to the Cold War and fear of Communism? The introduction to my Everyman's version says that pretty much everyone misquoted Orwell out of context and used his book to fuel the Red Scare.
But then again, l'n a 3rd worlder who first read the books just last year, so l'm probably talking out of my ass.
Yes, the reputation of 1984 is largely down to its promotion by the CIA. Orwell's a functional writer, the book's essentially a big, big editorial. Orwell's mentor Chesterton wrote similar thrillers of ideas, but his ideas - basically, traditionalist Catholicism - aren't of much use to the American government, so their readership is smaller, even though The Man Who Was Thursday, at the very least, is a much better-written book.
1984 is one of those books I'm glad I never read. I can't be bothered to relate more closely with redditors, and self-important highschool kids that have just read their first dystopian. It's a shit genre, much like fantasy, where even the best of the bunch still fall short of literary excellence.
>>7636794 I would think someone like Borges fits your description and executes his style deftly. Aldous Huxley is the left's Ayn Rand, he writes artless philosophical novels that are meant to instruct and moralize a set of values.
Not to mention, Brave New World came across terribly awkwardly, but less arrogant than that piece of shit Island.
Spawned some political terminology that's fun to use. That's it's biggest contribution. Otherwise its basically an essay dressed up as a story, a decent story to be fair with decent characters who all have slightly jarring characteristics and motivations which make their purpose as devices for political dialogue quite transparent. Also the prose is very unnoteworthy, good first book to read when you want to get into literature.
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