1984 ‘is definitive book of the 20th century’

For those of you tackling George Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty- Four these holidays have a look at this article in the Guardian.

It discusses why readers viewed Nineteen Eighty-Four as the definitive book of the 20th century. Here’s an extract:

Paranoia, propaganda and a state of perpetual war are the defining characteristics of the last century, according to the results of a national survey announced at the Hay festival today.

Nineteen Eighty-Four, George Orwell’s dystopic vision of a totalitarian future in which the population is constantly monitored and manipulated, came top of the survey to find the book that best defines the 20th century.

The top ten books that people considered as the ones that defined a century were (in order of publication):

Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad
The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists by Robert Tressell
The Great Gatsby by F Scott Fitzgerald
Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck
Nineteen Eighty-Four by George Orwell
The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank
The Catcher in the Rye by JD Salinger
Catch-22 by Joseph Heller
Bridget Jones’s Diary by Helen Fielding

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