In characteristically daring style, Anthony Burgess combines two responses to Orwell's 1984 in one book. The first is a sharp analysis: through dialogues, parodies and essays, Burgess sheds new light on what he called 'an apocalyptic codex of our worst fears', creating a critique that is literature in its own right.
Part two is Burgess' own dystopic vision, written in 1978. He skewers both the present and the future, describing a state where industrial disputes and social unrest compete with overwhelming surveillance, security concerns and the dominance of technology to make life a thing to be suffered rather than lived.
Together these two works form a unique guide to one of the twentieth century's most talented, imaginative and prescient writers. Several decades later, Burgess' most singular work still stands.
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - DinadansFriend - LibraryThing
The prose is clear, and Anthony Burgess' distopian future is a more right-wing version of a country where the evil labour unions have paralyzed the economy. Orwell's world had a more generalized view ... Read full review
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - saibancho - LibraryThing
One of the most stimulating books in many ways for its incisive and occasionally belligerent analysis of Orwells 1984 and implications for current (1978) politics and societal/political development ... Read full review