[Anthony Burgess] ò 1985 [romanian-literature PDF] Ebook Epub Download ò It would be hard to describe how disappointed I was by the author of Clockwork Orange when I heard his actual views on politics and government First half of the book the reflections on 1984 and Orwell is mostly a collection of conservative right wing half truths like state helping the poorest killing the beauty of charity, workers in unions state economy destroyed etc What is saddening the most is the fact that one can actually find some interesting insights about for example the post war British experience and Orwell s place in it Also the author proves that he is well educated and read But that doesn t change the fact that most of the book the story itself including is just notes from the underground like rambling of a dissatisfied conservative The story itself is an anti utopia, where union strikes lead to deaths Geesus Christ Was that a richful Fucking waster This Book has nothing, i repeat, NOTHING to do with 1984 It s a dystopian, or a Burgess wants it to be called Cacotopian, novel like 1984 and that s about it.
The book spends the first half, HALF , in a review critique of 1984 and how in the years since its inception, things have changed and how Orwell would change his vision If Orwell wrote 1984 in 75 or whenever this book was written how would he go about it But it doesn t even do that well.
Burgess just rambles about the times during which the book was written and how that was different from Orwell s time Much like the rambling I am doing here Until you later find out that Burgess intentions were just to explain why he I came across a reference to this book while thumbing through a biography on Anthony Burgess about five years ago Since then I have kept my eyes opened looking in used book stores and those kinds of places for a copy of the book I could have probably found the book to buy online, but I rarely ever do that kind of thing for myself Last week though in a semi ironic act I actually went to a library and saw that they had the book, so I took it out and finally got the read it.
The structure of the book is a little weird The first hundred pages are a collection of essays and a faux interview with the author on George Orwell s much misused utopian novel The gist of the first hundred pages is that Orwell s book was grossly misunderstood by many and that it s really a bleak picture of London in 1948 and also a It is always interesting to see one good author s take on another In this case Anthony Burgess, author of A Clockwork Orange and The Wanting Seed, evaluates and criticizes George Orwell s 1984 After extensive interviews and essays on the nature of Orwell s seminal work, Burgess pens his own short novella, entitled 1985 to avoid plagiarism, so he says Burgess s view of the cacotopian future is much closer to his own vantage point in strike plagued late 70 s Britain, than was Orwell s in the immediate post WWII era Orwell had originally envisioned calling his novel Nineteen Forty Eight such was the perceived similarity between his own environment and that of Winston Smith s, but the publisher persuaded him to set it in the future Burgess, living through that era as well remembers clear Half of this odd hybrid is an exegesis on Orwell s 1984 The 2nd half, a speculative novella, is almost as polemical as the exegesis Yet it is entertaining in its way.
I think I m the only one who s ever read this, but I loved Burgess effort and his essay on 1984 I found it on the new books shelf at the UNCG library, where, geek that I am, I was hanging out with my boyfriend in high school We d just go and sit and read, or look up old Rolling Stones on microfiche I picked a lot of random books of the shelf then and sat there, reading them come to think of it, I probably spent time just hanging out there in high school than I did in college, when I could check out the books and take them somewhere else.
This is Anthony Burgess response to 1984 The first half is made up of critical essays dealing with the themes of the original and is fascinating I especially liked the way Burgess takes on Orwell s portrayal of the proles as an inert mass and the way he sentimentalises them But this isn t an attack on 1984, its a good indepth critical discussion.
The second half is Burgess short novel 1985 his version of the story This view of the future involves a tyranny of trade unions, and enforced equality which involves bringing all down to the lowest level consequently no art or culture and the most basic education dumbing down lest anyone excel at anything So there are vicious street gangs roaming about sharing their subversive kno Burgess successfully predicts what Orwell cannot the hyper sexualization of youth and the breakdown of family, the unionization of governmental agencies, and the Islamization of England Sound familiar And yet this was written in the 1970 s The question is, is America next
In Characteristically Daring Style, Anthony Burgess Combines Two Responses To Orwell S In One Book The First Is A Sharp Analysis Through Dialogues, Parodies And Essays, Burgess Sheds New Light On What He Called An Apocalyptic Codex Of Our Worst Fears , Creating A Critique That Is Literature In Its Own Right Part Two Is Burgess Own Dystopic Vision, Written In He Skewers Both The Present And The Future, Describing A State Where Industrial Disputes And Social Unrest Compete With Overwhelming Surveillance, Security Concerns And The Dominance Of Technology To Make Life A Thing To Be Suffered Rather Than Lived Together These Two Works Form A Unique Guide To One Of The Twentieth Century S Most Talented, Imaginative And Prescient Writers Several Decades Later, Burgess Most Singular Work Still Stands