This webpage originally contained a comic adaptation of part of the foreword to Neil Postman 's book Amusing Ourselves to Death . This comic was respectfully removed in March 2012 due to the wishes of the copyright holders of the text. Do yourself a favour and read Neil Postman's words in full. Purchase a copy of Amusing Ourselves to Death new / used (aff).
"It was a bright cold day in April, and the clocks were striking thirteen." Sixty years after the publication of Orwell's masterpiece, Nineteen Eighty-Four, that crystal first line sounds as natural and compelling as ever. But when you see the original manuscript, you find something else: not so much the ringing clarity, more the obsessive rewriting, in different inks, that betrays the extraordinary turmoil behind its composition. Probably the definitive novel of the 20th century, a story that remains eternally fresh and contemporary, and whose terms such as "Big Brother", "doublethink" and "newspeak" have become part of everyday currency, Nineteen Eighty-Four has been translated into more than 65 languages and sold millions of copies worldwide, giving George Orwell a unique place in world literature.