Top positive review
2 November 2015
A timely look at 1984: the Melbourne Festival in 2015, concentrated on issues raised in the novel. They showed the movie starring Richard Burton as O'Brien, and John Hurst as Winston Smith. At the same time the Festival presented a play '1984' based on Orwell's work, provided by the Headlong Theatre from Nottingham. Well, I had to read 1984 at the same time: Orwell's novel was a good read, it covered the story of Winston, Julia and of O'Brien quite well. But there was more: discussions on issues like Newspeak etc covered many chapters. If you are into the philosophies discussed, that is great. But I was enamoured by the futile relationship between Winston and Julia: even Carrington was not complicit (?) in the affair.
The remaining material of Orwell's writing is in the Kindle for a future read. Good value at $1.99!