Saturday, January 2, 2010

1984: The Masterpiece That Killed George Orwell

I just read a fascinating article by Robert McCrum, from the UK Observer which details George Orwell's journey through the writing of his masterpiece, 1984 (a book near and dear to my heart due to its portrayal of a dystopian society eerily similar to my Jehovah's Witness experience). 1984 took Orwell the better part of a decade to write, taking him on a harrowing journey of creative angst, personal turmoil and ill health, which eventually lead to his death at the age of 46.

Describing the torturous journey of writing a book, Orwell wrote in the essay, "Why I Write":

"Writing a book is a horrible, exhausting struggle, like a long bout of some painful illness. One would never undertake such a thing if one were not driven by some demon whom one can neither resist or [sic] understand. For all one knows that demon is the same instinct that makes a baby squall for attention. And yet it is also true that one can write nothing readable unless one constantly struggles to efface one's personality."

Mental Note: Do not die for sake of book. That would be bad.

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