Literature: Orwell Reading Group – Nineteen Eighty-Four
- Wed 06 Mar 2019
- 12:00 pm
You are invited to a lunchtime reading group to discuss the works of George Orwell.
The Orwell Reading Group meets every month to discuss a book by Orwell. On March 6th, we will be talking about his bestselling dystopian novel Nineteen Eighty-Four. Its motifs have entered popular culture like few other 20th century works of fiction, influencing everyone from The Goons to David Bowie to reality television.
VS Pritchett praised the book’s originality and suspense, while CS Lewis said the relationship of Julia and Winston lacked credibility. Anthony Burgess, whose 1985 responds to many of the ideas in Nineteen Eighty-Four, said Orwell’s most famous work is “one of the few dystopian or cacotopian visions which have changed our habits of thought”.
Anthony Burgess claimed to have met Orwell in a pub during the Second World War. Whether or not they actually met, the collection of books at the Burgess Foundation contains a complete set of Orwell’s novels and non-fiction works. The two writers have much in common: their genesis as colonial novelists; their status as English outsiders; their involvement in literary journalism; and their lasting reputation as inventors of nightmarish fictional futures.
This informal reading group is free and everyone is welcome. The discussion will last an hour, and you are welcome to join the staff of the Burgess Foundation for tea and biscuits afterwards.
If you would like to attend, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or register on Eventbrite.