George Orwell's 1984
I have been reading George Orwell's 1984. I am half way now. I want to share some quotes I like.
One of these days, thought Winston with sudden deep conviction, Syme
will be vaporized. He is too intelligent. He sees too clearly and speaks too plainly.
The Party does not like such people. One day he will disappear. It is written in his
Everything faded into mist. The past was erased, the erasure was
forgotten, the lie became truth.
Orwell, in my opinions, probably wrote this fiction based on his experiences about
the British colonial rule in Burma. Orwell used to live in Katha and Moulmein
(Mawlamyine) while he was serving in the Indian Imperial Police. He hated imperialism
and quit the job. He later pursued his writing career.
The book vividly describes the danger of being watched and brain-washed by a
government. The main character, Winston Smith, works at the Records Department of a
fictional country called Oceania. The department is responsible for
producing records that are in line with the Party's agenda and deleting those
that are not.
Here is the link to
Wikipedia's article about the novel.
The following is the link to full text for "1984", "Animal Farm" and
"Down and Out in Paris and London."
All of Orwell's work can be read free here.
More about George Orwell at
I think 1984 is a good read, especially for the people under an authoritative
government. I hope somebody translates this into Burmese.