Originally Posted by DMB
Your experience of 1984 is very different from mine. It's a few decades since I read it, but it is a book that haunts me. I find it quite a difficult read, because I keep stopping to think about this or that bit and going into imaginative flights.
Oh - as a novel I actually liked it. I really liked the setting and the atmosphere. I also really enjoyed the "saving" of Winston Smith. The whole book was his journey to an enlightenment of sorts and it was definitely worth it.
My reaction was really to a heavy-handedness I thought Orwell used to get the message across. I almost got the impression that he thought his message was so important that he could not risk that the reader might miss it.