Summaries and analyses of fiction books not listed on larger websites. Use for study or pleasure! Big Brother died on December 10th, , after a brief period during which he showed signs of recovery. He was the commander of a country called Oceania.
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A sequel to In it we find out that at the end of the year Big Brother dies, and leaves the world of Oceania in a sort of This book is the inaugural entry to my newly constructed bookshelf, Life is Shit. In it we find out that at the end of the year Big Brother dies, and leaves the world of Oceania in a sort of chaotic mess. What follows the death of Big Brother spoiler alert , is a slightly more open society, where individual freedoms sort of return, and the truth begins to leak out.
The novel is being collected sometime in the middle of the 21st century by a Eurasia historian, to shed light on the transition period between what was Oceania and is now once again only England. What a great picture, enforced outward happiness with no regard for what the person is feeling inside.
Feb 06, Patrick St-Amand rated it liked it A sequel to my favorite book? Sounds interesting on paper but ends up kind of an odd duck. The premise is a collection of documents and eyewitness accounts of our favorite characters from following the death of Big Brother. It is assembled as a historical essay of sorts, and it is as exhaustively footnoted as such a piece should be. Interestingly, and cunningly, the footnotes are where a good portion of the action actually takes place.
Funny how that ends up, and funny too how our own world is so similar…Dalos in his own way is as prescient as was Orwell way back when.
Turns out I was right, and it seems others agree: thirty years after its publication you can still find copies of it. This is one that cries out to be transferred to e-reader format for a wider distribution.
We can always learn from a work like this. Not just a curiosity, is a genuine must-read for anyone who enjoyed the original work.
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