Future General

1984

Although I’m not a big reader generally I do usually try to keep one book on the go at any given time. At the moment I’m reading ‘1984‘ by George Orwell, a book that I’ve been meaning to read for a long time, not only because of its classic status and timeless quality but also because it’s applicability to the current climate where questions of freedom are rife. The book, written in 1948, is set in the (then) future of 1984 when a large chunk of the world (know as Oceania) is ruled by a dictatorship headed up by an illusive ‘Big Brother’ (need I say any more!). To go into any more detail than this would mean a rather lengthy discussion which I don’t have time for right now but you can find some excellent synopses and articles on the web. Needless to say I’d definitely recommend it. If you like it then you might also like Brave New World by Aldous Huxley which has a similar feel and shares some of the same themes.

Originally from the UK, David is designer and wanderer currently based in Tokyo. Prior to this, he lived in China and still returns frequently to continue exploring this vast and varied land. He started Randomwire in 2003 to chronicle his travels and occasional musings. Feel free to drop him a line.

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