Not bad for a book published in 1949. And not bad for a book that seemingly transcends classification.
The current conspiracy theory overheard on overnight talk radio, perhaps on Coast to Coast AM, or possibly, Midnight in the Desert, is that George Orwell was a time traveler from the future, who was stranded here, and then wrote 1984 as a desperate attempt to save us from our selves and consequently save his ‘future’ self from having to make this trip in the first place and, thus, getting marooned here in this seedy version of “tempus contemporary” . Complicated? Maybe. But there are no paradoxes on overnight talk radio.
Or you can listen to your ‘Book Cover’ here.
There has to be some sort of political ‘allegory‘ involved here. It may not rise to the level of George Orwell’s, “The Animal Farm”, but considering the state of this election season….
**Oscar Wilde – from his 1889 essay The Decay of Lying that, “Life imitates Art far more than Art imitates Life”. Hmmm. George and Oscar in the same post. A Classical Two’fer.