Paul's Corner: 1984 by George Orwell

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Sat up last night and read 1984 all the way through. I'd forgotten how artful and perfect it is, even poetic at times, while telling the ugliest of stories. I remember reading it at 14 and being so frightened that I went to my parents to ask them if maybe there was something I didn't know that maybe I ought to know. My father did his best to explain the notion of the "cautionary story.” I was still scared.