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The thing about Winston, for me, is that a lot of people quote 1984 as the book "about fascism".  It's a book about language and Orwell's feelings about how language worked--sez me.

But the idea is: Winston was doomed, like Kafka's Citizen K.  But on a re-read a year ago, it suddenly occured to me: nowhere does it say Winston has to work for the party.  He could (unlike Terry Gilliam's meisterful Brazil) simply drop out--become a prole.  And I felt that was Orwell's class hang-up...and it seems, to me, to be the class hang-up of a lorra people.  They can't just scale back...become poorer, relatively, and get down and dirty with...der proles.  Even though the proles are laughing, having a good time.

Remember when Winston is wandering through the prole part of town and comes across a pub?  And then he wanders back to his apartment.  On my last read-through I thought: "Hey, Winston.  Stop being a snob!  You don't like the telly screen but, be honest, you love the privileges of party membership too much to let go...to fall...

Us rich people, world-population wise...well..."Our lifestyle is non-negotiable..."

and somehow last night that all connected perfectly to trolls!

Don't fight forces, use them R. Buckminster Fuller.

by rg (leopold dot lepster at google mail dot com) on Thu Jun 21st, 2007 at 03:48:08 AM EST
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