I was planning to purchase books but had no idea what I wanted to actually read. I always have relied on my friends suggestions and recommendation for purchasing books. My friend Mukul suggested me to read ‘Atlas Shrughead’ and ‘Atlas Fountainhead’. I had still a lot of money left which I had properly allocated for the love of book. I had allocated Rupees 10,000 for purchasing books because going to city and having money is not a normal thing in my life. So I had to get all books in one go.
I thought to search out ‘100 best books to read’ on Google. Google took me to a website named ‘Goodreads’. There I found complete list of 100 best books along with name of the authors and reviews by the readers. There in top 10 was the book 1984 by George Orwell. Just because it was among top 10 I noted book’s name and author. I made a list of 20 more books which were among top 20 in that Goodreads’ list.
I reached Urdu Bazaar early in the morning and found that shops were close. Here in my country shops use to open after 12:00pm and remain so till midnight. I began to search a hotel where I would take tea. Tea without cigarette is nothing so then began to search a shop where I could buy some cigarettes. I eventually found one. And sooner I found that shops began to open and I went into the shop which had a billboard saying ‘Paramount Book shop’.
I showed the shopkeeper my list. He asked, “ You need all these books?” I said yes, “For whole year”. He found some and declared some as obsolete. Odyssey was the book which I couldn’t anywhere.
Shopping done, then I looked for local transport for returning home. It was hot day and I had nothing to do so I opened my shopping bag and I found that I have picked 1984 by George Orwell. I opened the book and at the very first page was his picture, George Orwell’s picture.
Without any title there is a paragraph which is there for introduction purpose that read:
“GEORGE ORWELL was the pen name of an Englishman named Eric Blair. He was born in Bengal in 1903, educated in Burma, returned to Europe to earn his living writing novels and essays. He was essentially a political writer who wrote of his own times, a man of intense feelings and fierce hates. He hated totalitarianism, and served in the Loyalist forces in the Spanish Civil War. He was critical of communism but considered himself as Socialist. He hated intellectuals, although he was a literary critic. He hated cant and lying and cruelty in life and in literature. He died at forty-seven of a neglected lung ailment, laving behind a substantial body of work, a growing reputation for greatness, and the conviction that modern man was inadequate to cope with the demands of history.”
I felt impressed and proud at the same time- He was someone my Asian brother. I read two three pages and I closed it to read again in night.
For knowing George Orwell further I researched about him at found that he was a civil servant who was terminated from his job.
The main character of Winston Smith really opened my eyes.. I thought its me who is this character. He had same kinds of fear and convictions that I possess.
WAR IS PEACE
FREEDOM IS SLAVERY
IGNORANCE IS STRENGTH
How much depth is in three sentences. Its like the author has locked whole the sea in these three lines. War is peace.. Everywhere in the world people are waging wars to attain peace. At least they that they are waging for to eradicate extremism and terrorist. Freedom is Slavery. We are free in our independent countries but we are slave to all these bills, restricted by the societal and corporate system. Ignorance is strength. The more people will be ignorant the more Government will be happy because ignorant people are easier to govern because they are unaware of their rights so they don’t be that problematic.
The greatest freedom is to say 2+2=4. This means that real freedom is to say what is truth. But here our governments, our society don’t let us say whats true. We are forced to read and say what they want us to read and say.
I became one of the die-hard fan of George Orwell when I found that how creative he was. He invented his own jargon words like Doublespeak, Ministry of Leave, Ministry of Peace. By reading this book I got understanding of the Government controls its people. That how a ministry of information is ministry of disinformation. And how Government controls our thoughts and keeps us in its eyes. BIG BROTHER IS WATCHING YOU.
I would like to recommend this book to you too. This book will prove to be an eye opener for you.