It struck him that in moments of crisis one is never fighting against an external enemy, but always against one’s own body… On the battlefield, in the torture chamber, on a sinking ship, the issues that you are fighting for are always forgotten, because the body swells up until it fills the universe, and even when you are not paralysed by fright or screaming with pain, life is a moment-to-moment struggle against hunger or cold or sleeplessness, against a sour stomach or an aching tooth.
He opened the diary. It was important to write something down. The woman on the telescreen had started a new song. Her voice seemed to stick into his brain like jagged splinters of glass. He tried to think of O’Brien, for whom, or to whom, the diary was written, but instead he began thinking of the things that would happen to him after the Thought Police took him away.
It would not matter if they killed you at once. To be killed was what you expected. But before death (nobody spoke of such things, yet everybody knew of them) there was the routine of confession that had to be gone through: the grovelling on the floor and screaming for mercy, the crack of broken bones, the smashed teeth, and bloody clots of hair. Why did you have to endure it, since the end was always the same? Why was it not possible to cut a few days or weeks out of your life? Nobody ever escaped detection, and nobody ever failed to confess. When once you had succumbed to thoughtcrime it was certain that by a given date you would be dead. Why then did that horror, which altered nothing, have to lie embedded in future time?
1984, George Orwell
© Asha Seth
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I wanted to read this book since so long.. More eager to do so now. 🌼
Orwell has been a major influence in my life and philosophy. His works serve as a universal Eye-opener for the masses.
You know, I should have written a review for this book once I had finished it last year. I really need to remedy this asap. Thanks for the reminder, Asha!
I’ve not read this, it’s always been one of those I’ve been meaning to read
I’d forgotten what an important book this is.
I completed it a couple of days back…and man what a powerful writing it was…after a long I read such a book….
I love this book! To the point that I have two copies of it! 💕💕😂
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