When I was a junior in high school I read George Orwell’s 1984 for the very first time and fell in love. The book has remained one of my favorite reads and I have reread it a number of times since then once even for a very interestingly named grad school course called History of the Future. 1984 in the 21st Century An Anthology of Essays contains writings by those who share my love of this dystopian novel and who see connections between the fictional work and more modern day events. While the text does discuss the current presidency there are also mentions of the Obama Administration as well as various events throughout history.
1984 in the 21st Century is a very diverse book that contains essays that span the gamut of writing styles. There are formal discussions of politics and how topics within 1984 can be seen within society today, personal essays that examine the emotions of people on November 8th and 9th of 2016, analyses of American politics throughout history, and even fictional works inspired by 1984 and George Orwell. Lori Perkins, the editor of this volume, introduces the work by explaining her connection to Orwell’s text and then lays out a series of articles that flow between liberal and conservative, American and non-American, as well as male and female perspectives seamlessly.
I enjoy short story and anthology works personally and found this to be one of the best collected that I have read in a long time. I felt that the tone of the text did not stagnate and that it helped me in connecting with each individual writer. The second story in the book “1984 Was the Catalyst of Our Conversation” by David Jester was a wonderful personal essay concerning an unexpected conversation at the age of 25 that hinged on the author’s connection to 1984. While I do not discuss my political leanings in much of my writing on The Nerdy Girl Express I will say that Melissa Febos’ addition to this work, “Teaching After Trump” resonated with me in a very strong way. Her discussion of home and connecting with her students was something that brought tears to my eyes as I read it.
I enjoyed the variety of personalities and topics discussed within this text which I believe makes it a must read for those who enjoy 1984 as well as anyone curious about why the text has recently had a massive resurgence. I found the discussions of conservative and liberal views combined together to be exceptionally interesting and I walked away with some new thoughts on certain topics. 1984 in the 21st Century An Anthology of Essays is an engaging read and I strongly recommend it. Downloads of the book are available for sale after the release date at RiverdaleAveBooks.com and also at Amazon, Barnes & Nobles Nook, iTunes, Kobo and where digital and print books are sold, as well as an audio edition.
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