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>Nineteen Eighty-Four

>I’ve spent most of this weekend reading – I read Nineteen Eighty-Four by George Orwell.

Amazing book.  Not always easy to read (because of the topics and themes it has in places) but amazing nonetheless.

From the beginning I thought the end was obvious.  I was wrong.  It didn’t end in the cliched and obvious way I thought it would.  And then after a while I began to think it would end in a different way.  I was wrong about that too.  The end snuck up on me and was completely different to anything I expected it to be.  And the last line in the book?  Scary as hell if you take the time to think about it, but probably one of the most powerful in the whole book.  If not the most powerful.

Something not touched on in the books is the idea of disability (or even ill health) – it was in no way relevant to the plot or any of the main characters in the book.  But by the time I went to bed last night a little more than half way through the book – I was hoping it would come up.  Because I was really wondering what Big Brother and “The Party” would think about disability.

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