George Orwell - 1984 (audio book)
When everyone was reading "Taming of the Shrew" in high school, I was reading Clock Work Orange. When everyone was reading "Catcher in the Rye" I was reading George Orwell's - 1984. I think this was the first book I read in it's entirety as an adult. It had a literary and moral effect on me. I went on to read "Down and Out in Paris and London" which inspired me to go on a solo road trip from Toronto to Montreal via bus at 18 years old, with only 25 bucks and three sandwiches in my pocket. I called it the "The skinny road trip"...I learned a hell of a lot on that trip thanks to Orwell. Like the fact that is sucks being broke and I BETTER get a continued education :}
Winston Smith is a bureaucrat in the Records Department of the Ministry of Truth, revising historical records to match The Party's contemporaneous, official version of the past.
The book has major significance for its vision of an all-knowing government which uses pervasive and constant surveillance of the populace, insidious and blatant propaganda, and brutal control over its citizens.
Posted by wino at Monday, November 03, 2008