August 18, 2011 § Leave a comment
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
“Power is not a means, it is an end. One does not establish a dictatorship in order to safeguard a revolution; one makes the revolution in order to establish the dictatorship. The object of persecution is persecution. The object of torture is torture. The object of power is power.”
The truth of it lingers even after you finish the book. The most impressive part I thought was the language, the only one with less words every year to limit the range of thought. Orwell was beyond his years indeed. The idea to discuss the relationship of language and thought in this book is brilliant and truthful. I keep reminding myself of common words in some “institutions” that express parts of an ideology and force them upon the proletariat.
Last words: impressive and memorable.