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Posted: 6/26/2003 6:30:05 AM EDT
[url]http://story.news.yahoo.com/fc?cid=34&tmpl=fc&in=Entertainment&cat=Literature_and_Authors[/url]
Reuters) - Giant of 20th century political thought or sick and quirky loner -- the legend of British author George Orwell is coming under review 100 years after his birth. The man whose incisive brain gave the world Animal Farm and Nineteen Eighty Four, in the process embedding the terms Big Brother and Thought Police into the English language, has been generally deified since his death in January 1950
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Link Posted: 6/26/2003 6:45:26 AM EDT
I think our present situation is eerily similar to [b]1984[/b]. And we can all see the [b]Animal Farm [/b] parallels.
Link Posted: 6/26/2003 6:49:00 AM EDT
He was a prophet of sorts. And the defecrats worst enemy! OK, quick question: If Hitlery was a character in Animal Farm, what kind of animal would she be? (There's a classic no-brainer!)
Link Posted: 6/26/2003 8:24:00 AM EDT
So now the revisionists are hard at work. That's so... 1984!
Link Posted: 6/26/2003 9:01:05 AM EDT
I particularly find the situation in [b]1984[/b]in regard to national alliances pertinent. Oceania is now at war with Eurasia, etc. Think about the last 30 years in the middle east. Saddam is our friend, the ayatollah khomeni is our enemy. No wait! We've been duped! Actually, Iraq is our enemy, and Iran is okay. No wait!... In reality we have no friends in the middle east. That fact would be a glaring difference between the world today and the world of [b]1984 [/b].
Link Posted: 6/26/2003 11:53:34 AM EDT
Orwell's legacy is in his criticisms. He is an excellent observer. He believed in socialism, the kind that had it's roots in anarchism but in the end he must have realized how idyllic it was. This kind of sums up his later views. Freedom is the freedom to say that two plus two make four. If that is granted all else follows. [NEF p. 68]
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